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Raymond Michael Shearer

November 14, 1943 — December 12, 2023

Vicksburg, MI

Raymond Michael Shearer, born on November 14, 1943, in Kalamazoo, MI, peacefully passed away on December 12, 2023. Raymond's existence was a testament to the many joys and accomplishments that can be found in a life well-lived. Ray was born on November 14, 1943 in Kalamazoo. He was the son of Lynn and Doris (Bingham) Shearer. He was one of eleven children of the Shearer family.

Raymond began his journey by pursuing an education at Vicksburg Community Schools. He dedicated his time and efforts to his studies, ultimately graduating from Vicksburg High School with the Class of 1961. Armed with knowledge and ambition, he embarked on a purposeful career path that would shape his future.

After high school, Raymond found employment at Simpson Lee Paper Mill in Vicksburg. This early experience provided him with valuable skills and knowledge that he carried throughout his life. However, Raymond's true entrepreneurial spirit emerged when he joined forces with his brother Butch to become the proud owners of the beloved Tastee Freeze in both Vicksburg and Colon. Together, they created treasured memories for all who walked through their doors.

In addition to his successful ventures as a business owner, Raymond also discovered great fulfillment as a bus driver for Vicksburg Community Schools later in life. This role allowed him to connect with the community and share his warmth and kindness with countless students who relied on him for safe transportation. He enjoyed getting to know the kids and tried to make the rides fun for them and he always made sure that nobody was being picked on by other students.

Away from work, Raymond cherished every moment spent creating memories with his loved ones. One of their cherished traditions involved annual trips. These excursions were important to him to  explore and experience the wonders of the world together as a family.

Raymond treasured his grandchildren like no other. He was his only grandsons “Clint Eastwood “and they were the joy of his life.  From babysitting to diapers, sporting events, many “zoom zoom”, bike, and tractor rides. Pappa was all of his grandchildren’s favorite toy.

Raymond's love for nature led him to Gourdneck Lake in Portage. Living on the lake brought immeasurable joy to his life. He adored indulging in various water sports that accompanied lakeside living and frequently reveled in favorite activities such as water skiing and swimming. The tranquility of the lake served as a sanctuary for him and his loved ones, fostering bonds and creating lasting memories.

Throughout his journey, Raymond exemplified unwavering faith and commitment to his Catholic faith. He attended St. Martin of Tours and St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church's. His devotion to his faith was a guiding light in his life and a profound source of comfort and inspiration.

Raymond's proudest achievement was undoubtedly the love he shared with his beloved wife, Barbara (Lucky) Shearer. Their union began on December 27, 1965, blossoming into a deep bond that stood as a shining example of unwavering devotion and mutual care. They had met one another at a local drive-in. Ray was in his Corvette and feel in love with Barbara almost immediately. Raymond's attentive nature and unwavering support for Barbara throughout their journey symbolized the strength of their commitment.

Raymond's genuine compassion knew no bounds, touching the lives of everyone fortunate enough to have known him. His infectious warmth extended far beyond his family circle, radiating throughout the community he held dear. A talented problem solver with a knack for fixing anything that came his way.

To honor Raymond's memory is to carry forward the lessons he imparted—a reminder to approach each day with kindness, to embrace adventure, cherish loved ones wholeheartedly, and to remain steadfast in faith.

As we bid farewell to Raymond Michael Shearer today, let us find solace in celebrating a life well-lived—a life filled with love, purpose, incredible memories, laughter, and an unwavering spirit. May his legacy forever inspire us to live our lives as fully and passionately as he did. Raymond's vibrant spirit will continue to reside within our hearts, forever reminding us of the extraordinary individual he was.

Raymond is survived by his wife of 57 years, Barbara; three children: Kim (Mike) Wolbers, of WI; Sheri (Dave) MacDonald, of Vicksburg; Andrew (Shirin) Shearer, of TX; four grandchildren: Brandon (Taryn) Shearer-Chapman, of Vicksburg; Hannah Wolbers, of WI; Kloey Wolbers, of WI; Kendall Shearer, of TX; and two great granddaughters: Sophia and Emma Shearer-Chapman. Raymond is also survived by his siblings: Charles Shearer, of Vicksburg; Kathy Shearer, of Vicksburg; Dorothy Shearer, of Comstock; Denise Shearer, of Vicksburg; and Mary (Nghiem) Nguyen, of Vicksburg; sister and brother-in-law: Mary (Mike) Korteway, of Climax; and numerous nieces and nieces and cousins.
Raymond is preceded in death by his parents: Lynn and Doris Shearer; siblings: Butch Shearer, Paul Shearer, Andy Shearer, Joe Shearer, Margaret Shearer; sister-in-laws: Mary Shearer, Kay Shearer, Jayne Shearer, and Robin Shearer; and nephews: Owen Shearer, Jason Shearer .

Raymond has been cremated and at this time there are no services planned.

While at please take time to sign Raymond’s guestbook and/or share a memory with his family.

The Shearer family is being cared for by the Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Home and Cremation Society, 409 South Main Street, Vicksburg, Mi 49097 (269) 649-1697.

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