Raymond Seven

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Raymond Seven Obituary
Raymond Peter Seven, age 92, of Grand Rapids, passed away on April 6, 2014, at Holland Home Raybrook Manor in Grand Rapids.

He was born on December 5, 1921, to the late John and Jenny (Bronkema) Seven.

He married his high school (Grand Rapids Christian) sweetheart, Evelyn DeVries in 1944. Ev passed away on June 5, 1990. Ray married Dorothy (Huitsing) Hoekenga in 1991; Dorothy passed away on June 20, 2013.

Ray received his undergraduate degree from Calvin College and the University of Michigan, and his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign. Ray was a veteran who served in the U.S. Army in the 1940's, first in California and later in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, as a research scientist for the Manhattan Project. He was very proud of his contributions to helping bring about the end of the war. After World War II, Ray worked in Chicago at Edwal Labs as a research scientist, as an executive for the Morton Chemical Company, and later as president of NorAm Chemical Company.

Ray traveled extensively during his lifetime, including family trips around the U.S., business trips to Europe and visits to his children doing mission work in Afghanistan and Bangladesh. He was a natural teacher, saw most of life as a teachable moment, and instilled his love of God, travel, and learning in his children and grandchildren. He volunteered at churches and schools in North America and in Hungary and the Ukraine. Ray and his family spent many wonderful summers at their cottage at Upper Silver Lake, Mears.

Ray was an elder or an active member in various churches, including the Delavan, WI, Christian Reformed Church, the Wheaton, IL, Christian Reformed Church, Bradenton, FL, Christian Reformed Church, and Cornerstone Community Church in Mears.

Ray is survived by his four daughters, Phyllis (Rich) Herlocker, Peggy Seven, Nancy (Dave) VanDerPuy and Barbara (Bob) VandeVusse; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great- great-granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews. Ray is also survived by three stepchildren, Lee Barnes, Barbara (Quinn) Schultze, John (Janet) Hoekenga; stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren. Also surviving are his sisters-in-law, Doris DeVries and Grace Huitsing; and brother-in-law, Jay (Betty) Huitsing.

Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn; his second wife, Dottie; one brother, Marvin Seven; one sister, Francine Seven Katt; and granddaughter, Anjuli Rae VanDerPuy.

A memorial service will be Wednesday, April 16, 11 a.m. at Raybrook Manor, 2121 Raybrook, Grand Rapids. Family and friends may visit at Raybrook from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Back to God Ministries. For online condolences, please visit
Published in The Holland Sentinel on Apr. 14, 2014
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