MANISTIQUE - Raymond J. Gardapee, 80, of 613 Michigan Ave., Manistique, Mich., passed away peacefully at his home Friday evening, June 6, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Oct. 18, 1933, in Manistique, the son of Joseph and Anna (Mercier) Gardapee. Ray attended St Francis de Sales Grade School and graduated from Manistique High School with the Class of 1951.
Ray proudly served our country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He served in the Philippines as a radio operator.
Raymond J. Gardapee
When he was discharged from the service, Ray continued his education and graduated from Northern Michigan University in Marquette.
On Aug. 1, 1953, he married the former Shirley Schnurer in Manistique. They made their home in the Powers/Spalding area, where they raised their family.
Ray was a U.S. history and government high school teacher in the Bark River/Harris school district for 32 years, retiring in 1988. Following his retirement, he and Shirley moved back to the Manistique area.
He was a member of St Francis de Sales Catholic Church, the American Legion and VFW Post in Powers and the Powers Village Board.
Ray was an avid Michigan sports fan. He also enjoyed playing cribbage, writing poetry, hunting and "going to the lake".
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Shirley Gardapee of Manistique; daughters, Nancy (Roger) Irie of Manistique, Linda (Jeff) Richer of Spread Eagle, Wis., and Joanne (Danny) Beard of Reedsburg, Wis.; grandchildren, Brian, Chris, Luke and Tony; and great-grandchildren, Gabby and Norah. Ray is further survived by his brother, Al (Agnes) Gardapee and sister, Sally Lauzon, both of Manistique; and nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by his infant son, Tommy; brother, Russell; and brother-in-law, Sparky Lauzon.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 10, at the Messier-Broullire Funeral Home in Manistique. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 11, at St Francis de Sales Catholic Church with Father Glenn Theoret officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Manistique.
Memorial donations may be directed to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.