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Raymond T. Even

Raymond Thomas Even of Dexter, MI, age 62, passed away Thursday, December 23, 2010 at his home surrounded by his family.  He was born March 28, 1948 in Detroit, the son of Raymond J. and Mary L. (Bow) Even.  On July 21, 1974 he married Judith L. Hamm in Romulus, MI and she survives.  Raymond had lived in the area since 1978, coming from Westland and had served in the United States Marine Corps in Vietnam.  He was a member of Brick Layers Local #1.  He was also a member of St. Andrews United Church of Christ, Dexter, past-member of Ducks Unlimited, involved with Alcoholics Anonymous, and loved hunting and fishing at which he was very skilled.  In addition to his wife, Judy, he is survived by four children: Raymond K. (Susan) Even of Dearborn Heights, Robert Even of Dearborn Heights, Terra Even of Nashville, TN, Jacob (Sarah) Even of Dexter; six grandchildren: Danielle, Jordyn, Tyler, Joel, Madison, and Jenna; his father, Col. Raymond J. Even of Westland; three brothers: David (Ellen) Even of Hart, MI, Marc (Debra) Even of Westland, and Kevin (Annette) Even of Whitehall, MI; mother-in-law, Garnet Winquest of Dexter and father-in-law, Jack (Bessie) Hamm of Brighton; brother-in-law, Jerry Buchel of Costa Rica; sister-in-law, Rebecca Even of Brighton; Judy’s siblings: Lori (Joe) Baker of Dearborn, Linda (Doug) McDonald of Brighton, and Wendy (Mark) Foley of Brighton; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.  He was preceded in death by his mother; one brother, Daniel Even; and one sister, Beverly Buchel.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. from St. Andrews United Church of Christ, Dexter with Rev. Larry VanSlambrook officiating.  Burial will follow at St. Andrews Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.  Expressions of sympathy may be made to Ted and James’ Camp Courage, St. Andrews United Church of Christ, Dexter, or Ele’s Place.


0 #11 Rene Shepherd 2010-12-31 14:02
You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers. Losing someone you love is so hard. Hold on to each other and know you have many, many friends who will help you with anything. Sincerely Rene'Shepherd
0 #10 Art &Terri Lauren 2010-12-28 14:49
I will always remember the great hunting trips in the Upper Peninsula. In the 20 years of hunting together every November we have a treasure trove of experiences to carry forward. I will never forget the time Ray shot a buck and tried to drag it up a hill while wearing a cast on his leg.While his brothers chewed him out he just smiled and winked at the rest of us. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Ray's family.
0 #9 The Campbell Family 2010-12-27 15:16
We always knew where to find a friend. That is how best to describe Ray. Always there no matter what. There will always be a special place in our hearts for this great man. He loved his family and friends unconditionally as we loved him. Judy and the rest of their family are the same. Now, it's our turn to be a friend. We are here always. Love, Kim, Bill,Abbi, and Courtney.
0 #8 Jill & Bob Fenech 2010-12-27 02:24
Dear Even Family,
Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Your family has many experiences to celebrate and Ray will be remembered as being a big part of them. God Bless.
0 #7 Jill & Bob 2010-12-27 02:21
Dear Even Family,
Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Your family has many life experiences to celebrate and Ray will be remembered as being a big part of them. God Bless.
0 #6 Becky 2010-12-26 19:39
Word cannot truly express the sense of loss. Some of my fondest memories with the Even family revolve around Ray. He was a sweet, loving man with a big heart not unlike Daniel. I will miss him. It is a weary road that you will travel but take with you all your memories. Ray will be a part of you always. You have my thoughts and prayers - always. Sending love . . .
0 #5 Carol & Dennis Beale 2010-12-26 19:21
All of you will be in our thoughts and prayers on this day. Sorry we can't be with all of you. Ray was a great guy and loved by all!
+1 #4 The Mcdonalds 2010-12-24 17:37
We are all so said about losing Ray. Our hearts go out to you, Jacob, Terra, Robbie, and Raymond, their families, Ray's brothers, their families, and Ray's dad. May you find peace and comfort through your faith during this Christmas season. We will all miss him very much.
Much Love, Linda, Doug, Kyle, Todd, and Jenna
0 #3 The Rubs 2010-12-24 15:42
Have a wonderful Christmas in spite of your loss, and keep your eyes on Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.

We are trying very hard to arrange travel so we can be with you next week, but if we are not able to be there please know we are with you in spirit. We will deeply miss Uncle Ray and our hearts are heavy with sadness for you and the kids.

Love you all,

Melissa, Bob, Katie, and Cece
0 #2 Wiltrakis Family 2010-12-24 02:45
Dear Even Family,

You are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time... this will be the first Christmas without my father.... I know how hard it can and will be. Be strong and remember happy memories :-)

Lisa Wiltrakis

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