Raymond F. ‘Cut’ Beaudry
HARVEY, MI – Raymond F. “Cut” Beaudry, age 80, of Harvey, entered eternal life Saturday afternoon, November 19, 2016, in Marquette at U.P Health System-Marquette, surrounded in the loving care of his family.Born December 9, 1935, in Marquette, a son of Frederick J. and Isabelle (Fortin) Beaudry, Ray was raised in Marquette. As he grew up he developed a strong work ethic that was exemplified throughout his lifetime. He graduated from Graveraet High School, Class of 1954. During this time, he enjoyed such classes as taxidermy and firearm shooting. This experience catapulted a passion for hunting and fishing that he shared with his family. On October 30, 1954, Ray married the former Patricia Ann Purple, and together they made their home in Marquette and raised three children. Ray worked first at Cliff Dow for nine years, then with Cleveland Cliffs assisting the blast and drilling crew at the Mather B. To further his career, he enrolled in a Certified Welder program and successfully earned his certification. This led to his employment with the Lake Superior and Ishpeming Railroad where he accepted a position as a carman utilizing his welding skills. Additionally, he inspected the railroad cars and as a “special project”ù paintedd the new company logo on the railroad car that is still on display at the entrance to Presque Isle today. He retired in 1993, when he and Patty then began their golden years together. Ray and Patty relocated to their summer home on the shores of the Garden Peninsula in Michigan from 1994-2005. They also quickly became snow bird enthusiasts spending a total of twenty winters in the South. Initially, they enjoyed nine years in Gulf Shores, Alabama, and the remainder in Port Richey, Florida. This past spring they returned to their existing home in Marquette as Ray could no longer travel. As an accomplished carpenter, Ray built six family homes in his spare time. He achieved these goals with Patty by his side and the support of his children. And it did not stop there! His love of building was realized by his construction of new picnic tables, swing sets, storage sheds, trailers, you name it! And as a Mr. Fix-It, he relished in the challenge of repairing anything from vehicles, small engine repair to appliances and more. Ray especially enjoyed passing these self-taught skills onto his children and grandchildren. Ray also saw in everything a “possibility”. So, estate and roadside sale opportunities were never passed up. His newfound treasures (and there were MANY) were viewed with potential and once repaired would be useful again. Well, at least his passion for bow and rifle hunting for deer and birds, fishing and taxidermy did not fill the house! Most recently, he appreciated relaxing in his garage, with his dogs near his feet, and reminiscing with his family. Ray was a hard working, family first, kind of guy. He was a “safe place” for his children and possessed a keen sense of humor. For many years, Ray proudly served as a member of the Michigan National Guard.
As a loving and devoted family man, Ray is survived by his wife of 62 years, Patty; his children, Raymond Thomas (Melinda) Beaudry of Harvey, Carla Beaudry and her partner (Thomas W Ellery, Jr.) of Garden, and Terri (Peter) Jenema of Traverse City; his grandchildren, Michelle Beaudry, Raymond Bradley (Anna) Beaudry, Nikki (Dan) Snyder, Samantha Lynn Curry, Heather Jean Curry, Wyatt Bartels, Garrett Jenema and Madelyn Jenema; great-grandchildren, Ayden, Tristan, Olivia, Adalae, Harold, and Nola; brothers, Frederick Beaudry and Robin (Jennifer) Beaudry both of Harvey; a brother-in-law, Marvin Meyers of Marquette; many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by his sisters, Nancy and husband, Eugene Greenleaf, and Darlene Meyers.
The family will receive relatives and friends at the Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home on Saturday, November 26, beginning at 11:00 am until the time of service at 1:00 pm Saturday afternoon. Rev. Msgr. Michael Steber will officiate. A reception will follow in the reception room located in the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed online at swansonlundquistfuneralhome.com