Raymond F. Duell
Raymond "Ray" Franklin Duell, 82, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully on the morning of Nov. 23, 2019, with family at his side. Ray fought a long and courageous battle with cancer. While he is already deeply missed, we are grateful that he is suffering no longer.
Ray was born on Sept. 17, 1937 to the late Ivan and Irene (Middaugh) Duell in Wexford County. Ray was raised in Traverse City. It was here where he developed his love and passion for hunting, fishing and desire for the outdoors. He loved animals, so much that he had just about one of every kind throughout the years. From ostriches to horses, Ray had them all. Above all, his family was everything to him. He was as family-oriented as they come.
Ray was an extremely hard worker. As a loyal employee he essentially had three jobs in his life, Morgan-McCool (what is now the Open Space), Grand Traverse County Road Commission and Casalae Farms.
He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, usher at St. Francis Catholic Church, headed-up the SF food pantry and managed the South Pines Campground at the Buckley Steam Engine Show.
He was a patient teacher, coaching all of us in one way or another. The world would be a far better place if there were more men like him in it.
Saying Ray was a dedicated and steadfast man with absolutely everything and everyone in his life would be an understatement. His devotion to God and the Catholic church was profound and at the center of his life; we are confident his servant's heart is at rest in heaven.
Ray is survived by his faithful wife of 60 years, Rose Marie (Reamer) Duell; sons, Daniel (Kym), Steven (Karen), Scott (Jill) and Richard Duell; grandchildren, Jake and Luke Duell, Collin and Colton Duell, Nathan (Brittany), Zachary, Skyler and Olivia Duell and Sarah (Ryan) Fuller; great-grandchildren, Mason Ray Fuller and Liam Scott Duell, as well as another bundle of joy due in April; Roger Miller and Ron Waukazoo, also included in the family. Ray is also survived by his four siblings, Fred (Lorene) Duell, Flossie Bauer, Josie (Gene) Swainston and Rosellia Wooley.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Joyce Kroupa; and stepdad, Paul West.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m., with a visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m., on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019 at St. Francis Catholic Church. Father Don Geyman will preside and Father Kenneth Stachnik will con-celebrate. A luncheon will be held immediately following Mass at the St. Francis Catholic High School cafeteria. Ray will be laid to rest at St. Mary Hannah Cemetery in Kingsley at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Memorial contributions in Ray's honor may be directed to; National Fragile X Foundation, 1861 International Dr., Suite 200, McLean, VA 22102; St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or St. Francis Catholic Church, 1025 S. Union St., Traverse City, MI 49684.
The family would like to thank Dr. Andrew Riddell and everyone at the Cowell Family Cancer Center and Infusion Clinic for their excellent care for Ray.
Please share a memory with Ray's family by visiting his tribute page at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the family.
Published on November 27, 2019


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Jeff & Denise Joppich
Dec 05, 2019
So sorry for the loss of your family's patriarch. He was greatly respected and kind man. We enjoyed his cider party and was amazed by the many friends and family he took the time to celebrate with. Hugs and Kisses
Scott& Jill.
Dennis Morgan
Dec 04, 2019
As so many have said Ray was so respected is so true.I worked for Ray at Morgan-MacCool and what a good experience. Sorry that I did not make the funeral but I just found out. Sending prayers to all.
Janet Sweet
Dec 04, 2019
One of the nicest memories I have in addition to observing his work with the SF Food Pantry is his kindness. Each Sunday after Communion he would always tuck a bulletin in an elderly man’s walker. The man always sat in the front row of the right side pews. Then help him down the step at the end. So very kind!
Bill Howard
Dec 03, 2019
Many fond memories of our special friendship over the years. Ray will be missed by all. My best to Rose and the family in this stressful time.

Maxine Couturier
Dec 01, 2019
Rose, we are so sorry to hear the news about Ray. We just found out a few minutes ago. Please know I send my love and prayers!
Fred and Sue Rohdy
Nov 29, 2019
We are so sorry to hear of Ray's passing. Fred enjoyed knowing Ray through the many years of working together at the road commission. He was a great friend and will be dearly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Fred and Sue Rohdy
Clint & Mary Reamer & family
Nov 28, 2019
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Carolyn and Steve Balog
Nov 28, 2019
Our sincere sympathy to Rosie and Family. We are so sorry to hear of Ray's passing but know that he is resting in Heavenly Peace. He was one of the first people that we met when moving to the Traverse City area. A great man in so many ways. God bless the Duell Family.
Barbara & Richard Shearer
Nov 27, 2019
So very sorry for your loss.
God bless all your family.
Patricia Reamer Busalacchi
Nov 27, 2019
Rosie and Family,
Ray was a dedicated and loving husband. He will be missed.
With sympathy, Cousin, Pat Reamer Busalacchi
Gary & Sandra Buchan
Nov 27, 2019
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