Robert “Ray” Alfred Young, 79, passed away on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan with his wife by his side. Ray was born in Battle Creek, Michigan on August 10, 1941 the son of Robert F. and Zilpha M. (Edwards) Young. Ray and the love of his life, Lois were married for 58 very happy years.
Ray is survived by his loving wife Lois Young of Battle Creek; his children Robert D. Young of Battle Creek; Paula Young of Battle Creek; Douglas Young of Comstock, MI; and Susan (John) EverBlest of Crawford, NE; Five grandchildren, Amanda Young, Tabbatha Ford (Eric Crandel, Jr.), Douglas Young, Jr., Dylan (Stormy) Gorham and Scott Young. Six great-grandchildren, Oliver, Jemma, Douglas III, Madeline, Landen, and Klarke. In-Laws JoeAnn (Gerald Jr.) Fox of Holy Hills, Florida; Carol Moss of Battle Creek; and Debbie (Forest) Housner of Clanton, Alabama; and 50+year friend Terry Hill of Battle Creek. Cousins Gladys Aikens and Marie (Jack) Mullinax.
Ray is preceded in death by his parents; uncles Ralph (Clara) Edwards, Clifford (Barbara) Edwards, Donald Edwards, and aunt Irene Edwards; brother-in-law Ralph “Don” Moss; sister-in-law Shirley (May) Vaughn; In-Laws David and Vilo Vaughn.
Ray graduated Battle Creek Central High School in 1959; worked for Union Pump Company for 30-years. He also owned a backhoe business digging pools and sewer systems to support his family. He enjoyed camping while his children were younger. After retirement, he enjoyed travels with his wife and family, family gatherings, cooking his favorite recipes, casinos, gardening, playing solitaire on the computer, and spending hours cuddling beloved animals Maxwell and Sammy.
Visitation for Ray will take place Tuesday, June 15th from 2:00-4:00 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM at Bachman Hebble Funeral Service. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 16th at 10:00 AM at Bachman Hebble Funeral Service with Greg May officiating. Burial will follow at Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Bachman Hebble Funeral Services (269) 965-5145. www.bachmanhebble.com.