I met Ray some years ago when he worked with the AG's Medicaid Fraud Unit. I worked for Medicaid and would provide certified documentation for Ray to use as evidence of fraud. He was always a joy to work with. His kindness and humor was welcome, and he always made sure that I knew he appreciated what I did. The last time I saw Ray was in court. I was in the first round of jurors led into the courtroom, unaware of what the case was about. As soon as I sat down I saw Ray sitting at the prosecuters table and realized it must be a Medicaid Fraud case. We both shook our heads and smiled at each other because we knew the defense team would eliminate me...which they did. On my way out of the courtroom, Ray and I shook hands and he said "God bless." Well, God Blessed us with Ray and he will be missed by all who knew him.
I spent a few missionary years with Ray in the Community of Christ, other moments, a few meals...when Ray went home to God, I tried to put some of my memories of him on paper, even Facebook..got a couple wrong, but, but, the Ray we know? No obit, no commentary could ever summarize even part of what he did and stood for. I hope to see you on the other side, Ray.
I believe it is important to add this as a matter of record. Ray helped many persons privately and publically throughout his life. For me, his advice was invaluable.
As part of his life achievements, he headed up the Juvenile Division of the State Police, and more importantly, throughout the colleges and universities of the State of Michigan, set up the criminology programs for future state institutions to offer a degree in Criminal Justice. This was a very intellectual endeavor that should be forever recognized.
When Ray completed this task, he was offered a full professorship at Michigan State, a fantastic offer which he turned down.
Ray had such a wonderfully enriching life. He was always open to so many tasks and endeavors.
He was a rock who so many turned to and will forever be missed.
I am sadden by such a big loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I have always admired Ray. He married Randy and me so many years ago. I knew his words and deeds were heaven sent. I am very blessed to know the Valley family. He made the hard times better. I am a better person for knowing Ray. God Bless you all. Love always,
March 15, 2013
Brother Ray Valley has always been one of my ministerial heroes in our community of faith. He spent the majority of his adult life faithfully representing God's hands through his ministry and love of those that he saw as his “brothers and sisters” in Christ. Now that his earthly journey has ended, it is my faith that those hands of God that he so faithfully represented now are holding him as they always have in love and peace. As one of the many people who have been touched by Ray's ministry, I also hold him in my heart. It is my prayer that all those who Ray touched might treasure the memory of a life well lived in service to others. I also pray that his family will recognize God's presence with them in this time of loss. Good bye dear friend and brother.
Whenever I entered a building where Jean and Ray were, I would hear a loud and genuine "Hi Love"! That would be Ray! Then close by you will see a sweet smile and a Hi, how are you? That would be Jean. If you weren't seeing Ray at church activities you might see him going down the road (the wrong way) in a high speed chase! I did experience that quite a while ago. Your family has been a blessing to ours and we are better because of you. I would also hear Ray ask (often) I have a wedding or a funeral coming up, would you sing for it...now it's my privilege to say YES to singing for you as you enjoy basking in Gods love and friends and family that have gone before you. Thanks! Karen
Jean and Marty! Each of you have been an inspiration to everyone you meet. When I think of one of you I see all three of you! Ray has been a disciple that will be talked about for years to come. I know what testimonies he has left for me to share with others..from speaking under the unfluence of the Holy Spirit to the blessing of our grandchildren. I consider it an honor to call him friend! Love Karen Lennon
My mother Frances (Valley) Nagy always spoke highly of her cousin Ray.
Sorry for your loss.
Dear Jean and Marty,
Ray was my mentor and always had time to give advice. Wish I would have spent more time hunting and fishing with him.
I know there will be so many who will come and give their condolences.
My cousin Ray was a hero, a great intellect, and a very great man indeed.
If there was a way to leave my mother (who needs constant supervision) I would be there.
May God give you strength Jean.
Dear Emma Jean and family,
He was a good leader and a very good person. You have my sincere sympathy.
Memories are precious now. Josephine Baily Neubecker
Dear Emma Jean, Marty & Family,
We are saddened to hear of Ray's death. Ray was a huge inspiration and mentor to me. Ray is a big reason I became a Michigan State Trooper. May God Bless the Valley family.
Dave Prichard & Family, Traverse City
I was saddened to hear of Ray's death. Ray was a go getter with a great work ethic and compassionate heart. His sense of humor was unforgettable, and I still remember things he did and said to make me laugh during my four years in the Community Relations/Juvenile Section.
Jean, Adolph and I were sadden to hear about the passing of Ray. He and Adolph worked together at the Attorney General's office for many years. We will always remember him for his kindness, generosity and friendship. He was a true friend to Adolph and we will always cherish his memory. Thank you for the yearly Christmas card letters which we will cherish. Our prayers are with you, Marty and family. He loved you all very much.
I am so sorry to learn of Ray's death. I had the pleasure of working with Ray for several years while I was an attorney with the Attorney General Health Care Fraud Division. Ray always had a smile, a kind word, and led the investigative staff so well. My deepest sympathy and condolences to Jean and the rest of the family. Rest in peace, Ray.
So sorry to read of Ray's death. I remember him when we were in Mi as a person dedicated to his work, family, and church. Our prayers are with the family that they will find peace through the love of God during this time of loss.
I had the honor of being a MSP officer in the last trooper school Lt. Valley instructed. God Bless this kind, caring soul. Good bye Ray.
Jean and Family, We are so saddened at Ray's passing. You both have been the most wonderful neighbors anyone could ask for. We always knew we could ask Ray for help if we needed it and he would never hesitate to do what he could. We will miss him calling out "Hi, neighbor!" when he saw us across the street. We pray the Lord will comfort you with His love and peace. Please know you can call us at any time if there is anything you need. - Sandy and Dan Taylor
Jean and family, we are all so sad to hear of Ray's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We have so many fond memories of Ray and he was truly an inspiration to any and all that he interacted with.
Jean and Family , We Are So Sorry To Hear About Ray He Was A Wonderful Man Our Thoughts Ans Prayers Are With You And Your Family.
So Sorry to hear of your loss. I told my Dad today. He hoped that you had family around for support. He believes that is important.
Vale (Paul & Janine) Ouderkirk
Jean We are so sorry to hear of Ray's death. It saddens us and we will miss him. We are saying our prayers for you and family. I am sorry we will be out of town and can not come and pay tribute to Ray. Know we are thinking of you. We will call you in the next few weeks and come to visit for a few hours.
Our love to you. Angie and Richard.