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Raymond Sedlacek, age 94, of Kingsley, passed away Saturday, April 22, 2017. He was born May 5, 1922 in Chicago to Rudolph and Ann (Kryc) Sedlacek.
Ray graduated from Kingsley High School in 1940. Ray enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during WWII in the South Pacific and the Mediterranean. Ray worked for Cone Drive as a Machinist from 1951 to 1987. He was a UAW member and a life time member of the VFW in Traverse City. Ray loved wood working or "butchering wood", as he liked to call it. He was especially fond of black walnut. Ray was also known to be helpful to those in need in his community.
Ray married Rita Wright in Jan. of 2003. They traveled a lot and especially loved spending their winters in Florida and Gulf Shores.
Ray is survived by his wife, Rita; children, Alice Anderson, of Kingsley, Thomas Sedlacek, of Kingsley, Kristine (Ray) Yanska, of Traverse City and Steph (Lilean) Sedlacek, of Kingsley; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren, with one on the way; and one great-great-grandson; brother, Frances "Jake" (Thelma) Sedlacek; stepchildren: Carolyn (Jim) Kik, Sam (Kathy) Wright, Bill (Marcia) Wright, Tom (Robine) Wright; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Ray was preceded in death by his first wife, Lorene Sedlacek; grandson, Aaron Rennie; seven siblings, Vlasta, William, Joseph, Edwin, Henry, Rudolph Jr. and Anna.
A visitation will be held Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 5-8 p.m. at the Covell Funeral Home in Kingsley with a scripture service at 7:30 p.m.
A funeral mass will be held Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's of Hannah Catholic Church.
Memorial contributions in Ray's name may be directed to the family to help with the future Sedlacek Memorial Park.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Kingsley.
Published on April 25, 2017
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