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Obituary for Raymond F. Samson

Born: November 23rd, 1923
Passed Away: November 9th, 2016


Thursday December 15th, 2016
12:00pm at Living Word Church
Directions to Living Word Church


Raymond F. Samson, 92, of Kalamazoo, Michigan passed away peacefully early Wednesday morning, November 9, 2016 at this son’s home in Pleasanton, Texas.

Ray believed in the Lord and accepted his promise that though he die he would not perish but have eternal life in him.

Ray was born on November 23, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois. He was the second child of Fred Samson and Elizabeth Jordan Samson. Ray moved with his parents to Kalamazoo in the earl 1930’s after his dad lost his job and his uncle, Forrest Samson, found work for Fred in Kalamazoo.

Ray is survived by his son, Raymond Samson and wife, Brenda Samson, of Pleasanton, Texas; Sondra Samson Cross and husband Tim Cross, of Whitehall Michigan, his sister, Pat Samson Williams of Portage, Michigan as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor Gunther Samson, called Elly, his son Wayne who died shortly after birth, his sister Helen Samson Smith, and his parents, Fred and Elizabeth.

Ray graduated from Hackett High School in 1942 and soon thereafter met the love of his life, Elly. Ray had went to see a movie and Elly was selling tickets at the door. They married on August 26, 1943 in Little Rock, Arkansas while Ray was in basic training for the Army.

Ray was trained to be a telegraph operator and was sent to the China-Burma-India Theater in Burma where he served until the war ended two and a half years later.

When Ray returned, he got a job in a milk processing plant run by Lockshore Farms in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Ray ran the milk pasteurizing operation and made cottage cheese in huge vats. He worked for Lockshore’s for many years until the plant closed due to changing economic conditions. He then found work at St. Augustine Catholic Church where he oversaw maintenance and heating along with other church operations. He retired from the church in 2010.

Ray will be remembered for his love of his children, and grandchildren and great-grandchildren, his devotion to always being there for his family, his easy-going manner and sweet smile, as well as a person who could fix anything that was broken. He will be greatly missed.

A celebration of Ray’s life will be held at 12:00 noon, on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at The Living Word Church, 1551 Wood Street, Muskegon, Michigan. Interment for both Raymond and Eleanor will be held in the Spring of 2017 at Ft. Custer National Cemetery near Battle Creek, Michigan.


11:30am at Fort Custer National Cemetery
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