Ray Henry Sloop, 92, of East Jordan, Michigan passed away on Monday, October 29, 2018, at Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital.
Ray was born on November 4, 1925, in East Jordan to the late Harry and Elizabeth (Gilkerson) Sloop. In 1942, he enlisted in the US Marines and was assigned to the 2nd Marine Division. During WWII, he was involved in the retaking of Saipan, first expeditionary force to Nagasaki, and occupation of Japan.
Upon his return home, Ray took a variety of jobs, including milk delivery for the East Jordan creamery and traveling to Utah to build roads. He married E. Joanne Deming, September 4th, 1948. In the early 1950’s, he took a job sailing the Great Lakes as an “oiler” on the cement ships. In the late 1950’s, he started with the Charlevoix County Road Commission where he worked until he retired.
Ray enjoyed auctions and garage sales and loved refinishing old furniture and fixing up items for resale.
Ray was a member of the VFW in East Jordan and Boyne City.
Ray is survived by son Steve (Teri) Sloop of East Jordan, daughters; Shirley Mayhew of East Jordan, Sandra ( Michael) Simmons of Lansing, Sheila (Steve) Franke of Traverse City, brothers Ralph Sloop of Muskegon, and Richard Sloop of Arkansas. In laws; Bob Nichols, Cal (Helen) Deming and Florence Kominski of Boyne City and Pete Kerr of East Jordan. Grandchildren; Casey (Sanrdra) Mayhew, Cliff (Jamie) Mayhew, Corrie (Jason) South, Steven (Kelly) Sloop, Curtis (Brittany) Simmons, Caitlin (Brandon) Small, Rebecca Franke and Joel Franke. Great Grandchildren; Stephen and Griffin Sloop, Thomas and Charlee Mayhew, Shelbie and Savannah South, and Hayden and Isabell Small.
He was preceded in death by his wife E. Joanne Sloop; brothers, Robert, Roy and Roger and sister; Ruth Nichols.
A memorial service and luncheon will be held on Saturday, November 24th at 1:00 pm at the American Legion Hall, 305 Main St., East Jordan, Michigan. Memorial donations in his name can be given to the American Legion East Jordan Michigan. The family was served by the Penzien Funeral Homes, Inc., East Jordan. Memories can be posted at http://www.penzienfh.com.