HARVEY, MI. - Raymond Henry Lakenen, age 78, lifelong Marquette area resident, entered eternal life Monday evening, April 14, 2014, at his home in the loving, comforting care of his family.
Ray was born February 10, 1936, a son of William and Alice (Kauphusman) Lakenen. He began his life at the family farm and Lakenen homestead in Dukes Michigan. At the age of seven, following the untimely death of his father and illness of his mother, he and his brother, Bill, went to the Holy Family Orphanage attending school there and Bishop Baraga High School. He entered the US Army, serving from 1954 until 1957 as a Green Beret and paratrooper. Following his honorable discharge, Ray returned to Marquette where he married Patricia Savitski on April 4, 1959. Ray was employed as a Union Ironworker with Local 783 for over 30 years.
An avid outdoorsman, he loved the thrill of chasing the big buck, fishing, camping, snowmobiling, gardening, spending time at the Rack Shack and enjoying a cold beer with friends. Ray always had a construction project in the works including the building of his home and that of his kids as well as the family camps.
Ray is survived by his wife of 55 years, Patricia; daughter, Sue (Wayne) Johnson; sons, Dan (Donna) Lakenen, Tom (Lisa) Lakenen, and Tony (Ann) Lakenen all of Marquette; his thirteen grandchildren, Jake (Sarah) Johnson, Amy (Toby) Thomas, Cody (Julie) Lakenen, Cameron, Tana, and Walker Lakenen, Angela (Tom) Hughes, Mark Abraham, Jimmy Klumb, Tommi Lakenen, Alex, Erin, and Sam Lakenen; two great-grandchildren, Zoey Lakenen and Lucy Johnson; and three more in the oven; his sisters, Bette Cadieux of Green Bay, WI, Mary Bradley of Marquette; brother and sisters-in-law, Kathy Lakenen, Ron (Ann) Savitski, Bob (Noni) Savitski, Paul Larson, and Mary Savitski.
In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Kelly Rae; three brothers, Bill, Tom, and Jerry; brother and sisters-in-law, Fay Larson, Dick Bradley, Sharon Lakenen, and John Cadieux; and father and mother-in-law, Cliff and Del Savitski.
Friends may call at the Fassbender Funeral Home on Thursday, April 17, beginning at 4:00 pm. Services will be held in the funeral home at 6:00 pm Thursday evening led by Evan Dufendach. Ray's grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. A reception will follow at the Bayou Bar in Harvey.
One of Ray's favorite sayings was, "make a mark in life." That he did, and he will be missed by many.
Condolences may be expressed online at fassbender funeralhome.com