Raymond "Ray" Edward Stein, 77, of Gladwin, MI, passed away on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at MidMichigan Medical Center - Midland a little over a week after being hospitalized for a sudden illness. Ray was born on October 14, 1943 in Bay City, MI to the late Lester and Dorothy (Putman) Stein. His boyhood was spent going to school and helping his dad on the farm. He met the love of his life, Geraldine Ann Hutchinson, at a dance and one year later on June 29, 1963, they were married in Unionville, MI.
In May of 1964 their family was started in Standish, MI with the birth of their first son, Raymond Allen, followed by Roxann Lois, Ann Marie and Brian Edward. Ray worked as a full-time welder/supervisor at Magline, Inc. in Standish. He spent his evenings and weekends crop farming, mainly corn, and he kept his family busy with 4-H and other activities.
In 1981, Ray moved his family to Gladwin, MI and it was there that they would add their fifth child, Michael Scott on May 26, 1982 giving their youngest son Brian a baby brother for his 13th birthday! This completed their family of seven. Ray retired from Magline in the 1990s and he decided to start woodworking. They began selling his beautiful pieces at craft shows around the state and at the Parkview Flea Market in Harrison, MI. In 1995, R&G Woodworking was opened and then a few years later they expanded their business as R&G Lowmart in a larger building in Gladwin. Earlier this year, Ray and Gerry sold the store to one of their grandchildren to allow more time for camping, traveling and enjoying retirement together.
Ray is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Geraldine Stein; son, Raymond "Little Ray" (Sue Sanders) Stein of Standish; daughter, Roxann Paisley of Gladwin; daughter, Ann (Gene) Golden of Gladwin; son, Brian Stein of Gladwin; and son, Michael (Erica Steinke) Stein of Gladwin. He leaves a legacy that includes 14 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his three brothers, Fred (Sue) Stein of Munger, MI, Pat (Ruth) Stein of Ohio, Rick (Peggy) Stein of Gladwin, MI; and his two sisters, Sandy (Archie) Flanigan and Gloria Humpert of Quanicasee, MI.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Dorothy Stein; his brother, Bud (Lester) Stein; and his son-in-law, Perry Paisley.
Funeral services will be held at Lee-Ramsay Funeral Home on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 11 am. Services will be led by Pastor Krach followed by a burial service at Arbutus Cemetery on Howard Rd. in Beaverton, MI. Family will greet friends for visitation at the funeral home on Wednesday, March 31 from 2-8 p.m. and on Thursday, April 1 from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Raymond Stein Stein
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Published by Gladwin County Record and Beaverton Clarion from Mar. 29 to Apr. 7, 2021.