MARQUETTE, MI. - Raymond James "Ray Jay" Dupras, Jr., age 65, of Marquette, entered eternal life on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at Marquette General Hospital in the loving care of his family.
Born April 27, 1948 in Marquette, a son of Raymond J. and Delina (Musolf) Dupras, Sr., Ray Jay was raised in Marquette and was a lifelong resident. He was employed in a variety of jobs prior to entering the service in May 1963. Ray Jay proudly served as a US Marine during the Vietnam Era, being honorably discharged in April 1972 with the rank of corporal. Returning to Marquette, he worked as a millwright at various job sites including at the mines and power plant. In 1983, he began an 18 year employment with Schwalbach Kitchens, renovating and installing cabinetry.
He then worked for a time as a bartender at the Wooden Nickel and later at the St. Vincent dePaul Store. Following a heart attack in 2005, Ray Jay retired. On November 20, 1992, Ray Jay married the former Maude Pollard, bringing with her a ready made family and, "grandbabies" whom Ray Jay dearly loved and enjoyed. They filled his years with endless excitement, trips to the park, shopping "bumming" expeditions, and trips to the ice cream parlor. He thoroughly enjoyed spoiling them.
Raymond Dupras JR.
Ray Jay is survived by his wife, Maude, whom he lovingly referred to as "Gram;" a son, Timothy Dupras in Florida; and Tracy (Daren) Grobar of Marquette, Glenn (Lana) Roberts of Ishpeming, Sandra (the late Bill) Perala of Gwinn, Kim (David) Murphy of Warren, and Michael (Judy) Roberts of Stinnett, TX; several grandbabies and great-grandbabies; his sister, Christine Jackson of Rincon, GA; and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The family will receive relatives and friends at the Fassbender Funeral Home on Sunday, January 5, from 1:00 pm until the time of service at 4:00 pm. Rev. Leon Jarvis will preside and veteran's honors will be accorded by members of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 380. Honorary escorts will be Ray Jay's "grandbabies."
Spring burial will be made in the Holy Cross Cemetery.
Condolences may be expressed online at fassbender funeralhome.com