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Ray E. Weir, age 75, of Canadian Lakes, passed away Sunday, September 15 at Altercare of Big Rapids after a long battle with renal cell cancer.  The son of Floyd Edwin & Ruth (Cotterman) Weir, he was born in Columbus, Ohio on October 3, 1943. 

Ray graduated from North High School in Columbus, Ohio, attended the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and was always true to the maroon and grey school colors.  

He came to Michigan in his early twenties and became a tooling engineer for the automotive companies.  During his career, he worked for J.E. Wood Company, U.S. Tool and Cutter, and Special Drill.  He later was vice-president and partner in Five Star Products in Madison Heights.  His last employment was at Apex Broach Company.  He enjoyed golfing, boating, and snowmobiling.  He always enjoyed a good time.  

Surviving are his wife of forty-seven years, Sandy; his son, Steve & Mary Weir; his daughter, Kim Vargo & Dewayne Brown; ten grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; a sister, Janet K. Weir; several nieces, nephews and friends;  and his dog and companion, Chico. 

Honoring his wishes, cremation has taken place and a celebration of Ray's life will be held at Port O' Call restaurant at the Algonac Harbour Club on Saturday October 19th from 1 to 5 pm.  Contributions in memory of Ray can be directed to the American Cancer Society. 

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Ray's online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:  Arrangements are entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville.


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  1. Steve D Weir on September 17, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Im sure there will be enough candles lit in your honor to light up the whole country, ! Dad you touched hundreds of peoples lives in a good way. You also taught me to be the man i am today. Love you always

  2. Kim Vargo on September 17, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Forever in my heart and soul, you will be missed terribly. Your positive energy was felt by everyone that met you. RIP Dad. I love you

  3. Mary Weir on September 17, 2019 at 12:00 am

    My father in law was a great man always making people laugh. He was a humble person. You will deeply missed. love ya dad

  4. Steve weir on September 17, 2019 at 12:00 am

    My favorite memories of dad have to be our recent father n son trip.-á To Memphis,-á then New Orleans-á and Asheville,-á was a great trip talked alot, drank some…lol. he got treated like royalty at most places. He liked that alot.saw some interesting things and most of all we did whatever we felt like and was together.-á Rip dad

  5. Sheila Lighthart on September 17, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Ray you will be missed by all RIP-á

  6. Kim Vargo on September 17, 2019 at 12:00 am

    I think my favorite memory (although I have a few) is when him and I took a flight to FL a few years ago. We were both afraid of flying and shared our time and fears together.

  7. Dewayne Brown on September 17, 2019 at 12:00 am

    My father in law was a great man always had a smile for everyone we will miss you Love you Dad

  8. Venice Green on September 17, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Ray =ƒÿç touched many people with his Witt, kindness, generosity, knowledge, laughter, and love. Ray will be missed by many, and never forgotten.
    GodGÇÖs peace =ƒÖÅ=ƒÅ+ and love G¥ñn+Åto Sandy and the family.

  9. Kim Lystila on September 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Everybody called him Dad, when there was a good time to be had Ray was always there. I will always remember the countless pranks we used to play on each other through the years and will remember the many laughs we all shared .Ray and Sandy always stayed true friends And that meant a lot to the both of us. All though We all would rather have Ray here, IGÇÖm comforted knowing he is no longer in pain. Rest Easy Ray we love you!

  10. Sue and Marty Davis on September 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

    We will miss you Ray.

  11. Pat Mayville on September 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Ray, we met 40 yrs ago.-á It’s hard to believe.-á I remember meeting you the first time and knew you were one of a kind.-á We had many Fridays at various bars around town.-á Great parties at your house with Sandy, Brian, Dianne and Warren, etc.-á RIP my dear old friend.=ƒÆö

  12. Debbie Emerson on September 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

    RIP Ray. You were one of the kindest and generous men I have met. Always a smile on your face, usually accompanied by a rum and coke in your hand. You will be missed by so many because you touched so many lives.

  13. Alan Emerson on September 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Ray was the kindness man I ever knew. We did so much together. Partied, threw popcorn. Always had a heart of gold. I will never forget him ever. HeGÇÖs in a much better place. Rest In Peace my friend.

  14. Charlie Wallace on September 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Ray valued people and friendship and I am better off having him in my life. Goodbye my brother you will be missed but never forgotten

  15. Steve weir on September 19, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Dad valued your friendship very much. Im sure he is above looking out for all of us. Probably planning some kind of prank too. So beware

  16. Dianne Schulz on September 21, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Ray I will always remember the fun and good times we all had at the marina and also here in Florida.
    Your big heart and generous nature will be missed by many.-á May you RIP my friend and God bless you.

  17. Sandra D Weir on September 22, 2019 at 12:00 am

    I had 47 wonderful years with Ray. We did so many things together. We had a full life. Ray finally got his dream house with his Pontoon and jet ski in the backyard. A few weeks before the cancer decided to take him he bought a beautiful new motor home that we were set to travel in. He had a bucket list and did not quite finish it. I am sure that he is driving his motor home in heaven. He was a very generous man and a wonderful husband. I will miss him dearly.

  18. Pat Zack on September 26, 2019 at 12:00 am

    I worked with Ray at Apex Broaching Systems. Everyone loved Ray. He was a very generous man, loved to laugh and make other people laugh. You will be missed my friend. My condolences to Sandy and his family. -á

  19. Donna Nance Morton on September 27, 2019 at 12:00 am

    It has been several years since I saw Ray.-á My memories go back to get togethers at Grandma & Grandpa Weirs in Marion. It was always a fun time.-á There was 9 cousins when we would get together.-á Ray you never changed always happy. -á Rest in Peace.-á

  20. Rebecca De Waard on October 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Ray (and Sandy), you were/are the best boater friends we have ever had.-á We met you in 1993 while boating in East Tawas and this began a friendship to this day.-á I wish I could mention all the trips we took together and the times we spent at each other’s marina, but it would take forever.-á You know and Sandy knows how much Dale and I love you.-á I know you are without pain so that helps with dealing with our loss.-á You have been so, so missed and will continue to be.-á

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