Richard "Jerry" Raymond, of Honor, passed away surrounded by his family on Feb. 19, 2018.
Born in Highland Park on July 14, 1928, he graduated from Michigan State Normal College (now Eastern Michigan University) in 1950, where he lettered in two sports - football and baseball. He later received his master's degree from the University of Michigan and did post graduate work at Wayne State University.
He had a diverse career as a coach, teacher and mentor, playing an integral role in the development of many young men and women over the years. As a coach at both the high school and college level, he excelled. At the high school level he coached in Cass City and Highland Park. At the college level he progressed from various assistant coach positions, ultimately serving as head football coach at Eastern Michigan for the 1965 and 1966 seasons. He also coached basketball at Eastern Michigan, leading the freshman team to an undefeated season.
In 1986 he was inducted into the E-Club Athletic Hall of Fame at Eastern Michigan University for both football and baseball and is also a member of the Highland Park High School Hall of Fame.
After coaching he was the director of admissions and registrar at Highland Park Community College till his retirement in 1988, at which time he made his permanent home in Honor on his beloved Platte Lake on the site of the former Highland Park Summer Camp, later splitting time between Honor and Fort Myers, Florida.
In retirement he continued to support Eastern Michigan athletics as a charter member of the EMU Dugout Club and EMU Football Bust Committee. Also, he was a member of the Frankfort Rotary, as well as the Michigan Sports Sages, while at the same time volunteering as a starter at Crystal Mountain Golf Club. Through retirement he maintained a deep belief in the benefits of higher education, volunteering on various local committees supporting Northwest Michigan College.
For adventure, he and his wife Mary Jo enjoyed traveling, with visits to locations including China, Australia, New Zealand and multiple trips to Europe.
He raised his family in Redford Township and Plymouth and also his beloved cottage on Platte Lake in Honor.
He is survived by his wife and partner of 66 years, Mary Jo (Bradley); and five children, Brad (Marilyn), Laurie, Connie (Kim), Richard (Holly) and Christopher (Wendy). He is also survived by 11 grandchildren.
He is remembered for his undying love for Mary Jo, unwavering dedication to his family and for his passion, humor and integrity.
He was preceded in death by his loving siblings, Marie, Charles, Patricia and Lawrence.
Friends are welcome to visit with Jerry's family on Friday, March 9, 2018, starting at 6 p.m., with a 7 p.m. rosary recitation, at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 11411 S. Lacore Road, Empire, MI 49630. A Mass of Christian Burial honoring Jerry will take place at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior, on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at St. Philip Neri Catholic Church. The Rev. Fr. Tony Cureton will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a memorial donation to Hospice of Michigan, 10850 E. Traverse Highway, Traverse City, MI 49684 and the Alzheimer's Association, 921 W. 11th St., Suite 1W, Traverse City, MI 49684.
Please feel free to share you thoughts and memories with Jerry's family at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on February 25, 2018