|(Thursday - September 16, 2021
- 12:49) - Ray K. Burgess, age 88, of Spread Eagle, passed away on
Thursday, September 16, at Dickinson Memorial Hospital.
Ray was born April 7, 1933, in Iron Mountain, son of the late Hubert and Carrie (Johnson) Burgess. He grew up in Iron Mountain and was a graduate of Iron Mountain High School, class of 1951. He went on to receive his Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University. Ray married Betty Simondsen on October 27, 1951.
Ray was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Kingsford and was very active in the Blue Ox Trail Riders. He was also very involved with the SECOLA Lake Association in Spread Eagle for many years and was a member of the Pine Grove Country Club. Ray enjoyed snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, scuba diving, water skiing, being on the lake, riding ATVs, deer hunting, and especially the time spent with his children and grandchildren.
Survivors include his loving wife of almost 70 years, Betty Burgess; five sons, James (Laure) Burgess, Karl (Carol) Burgess, Denis (Linda Kocourek) Burgess, Dale (Julie) Burgess, and Paul (Jaycee) Burgess; one daughter, Vickie (Richard) Mytinger; 20 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by one brother, James Burgess.
In accordance with Ray's wishes, private family services will be held. A celebration of Ray's Life will be announced in the Spring.
Memorial donations may be made to the Blue Ox Trail Riders or the First Presbyterian Church in Kingsford, in Ray's memory.
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The family has chosen the Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home and Crematory of Florence to honor Ray's legacy of life.