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Age 72

Date of Death December 17, 2015

Place of Death Kalamazoo, Michigan

Service Details

The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. on Monday, December 21, 2015 at Hohner Funeral Home with rosary services beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Three Rivers.

Obituary Notice

Raymond Edward Masnari (Maz), age 72, passed away Wednesday, December 17, from complications due to bladder cancer. Born on October 16, 1943, Ray was a lifetime resident of Three Rivers, Michigan, Ray was a lover of sports, playing on numerous high school teams, such as basketball, football, and golf. In 1993, he was inducted into the Three Rivers High School Sports Hall of Fame. Among his proudest high school accomplishments were: 1961 Regional Champs in Golf; All League '60 - '61 in Basketball; Team Leading Scorer '61; District Champs in Basketball 1960; and that he held the TRHS Assist Record.
A 1961 graduate of Three Rivers High School, Ray continued his education by attending and receiving his Bachelor's of Business Administration degree from Western Michigan University in 1965. From there, he launched a successful career in human resources at Michigan Gas and Electric. In 1974, Ray was recruited to work at Armstrong as the International Sales Manager. His job took him to numerous places, like Australia, Mexico, Japan, China and Europe, where he made many life-long good friends. In January 2014, he retired after 38 years of service to Armstrong International.
An avid Three Rivers Wildcats, New York Yankees and Notre Dame fan, Ray always enjoyed the thrill of competition. For many years, he was a coach for Junior Pro Basketball. Ray loved being part of the community and was a member of the Rotary and the Elks. He belonged to the Sauganash Golf Club, where he was Medal Play Club Champion.
He was a faithful parish member of Immaculate Conception Church. Ray taught CCD classes to many kids and was a long-serving usher. He sponsored his wife, Lori, as she became a member of the Catholic faith. They loved worshiping together.
Any lucky person knowing Ray had an immediate bond with him. He loved each of his grandchildren and tried never to miss any event they were in. His oldest brother, Bruno, was like a father to him and was his best friend. Bruno’s three sons, John, Steve and David, were like his own sons. Ray organized an annual 4th of July golf outing for his closest high school friends, always ending in a cookout at his house to enjoy talking about all the memories they shared.
A loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and friend, Ray would bend over backwards to help anyone and to hold true to his word and beliefs. A man of wonderful humor and integrity, he will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and community.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Giovanna and Anthony Masnari, and his sister-in-law, Marilyn. Ray is survived by his loving wife of 16 years, Lori; his daughters Joanna Cannon (Russ), Jill Martin (Mike), Sarah Van Camp, and Megan Geiger (Josh); and five grandchildren (Gloria, Joshua, Ryan, Max, and Vaughn). In addition, he is survived by his two brothers Bruno Masnari of Three Rivers, Michigan, and Nino (Judy) Masnari of Raleigh, North Carolina.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Ray to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and/or Immaculate Conception Catholic School. Envelopes available and donations may be sent to Hohner Funeral Home in care of arrangements.



Condolence Messages(18)
Our prayers go out to Lori, and the entire family. Ray was very dedicated to his family and church. May God surround all of you during this very difficult time.

Judy Gilchrist-Mohney gave their condolences on 12/18/2015 at 11:02 PM


Ray will always hold a special place in my hear, I remember so many phone conversations we shared. Lori, my prayers are with you at this sorrowful time.

Pat Kamm gave their condolences on 12/19/2015 at 9:47 AM


Tom loved Ray more than words can ever say. Lori & family I am so sorry for the loss of such a wonderful man.

Beth (Leverentz) White gave their condolences on 12/19/2015 at 2:53 PM


To the family of Ray he was always fun to be around and was always willing to lend a hand, I had oppertinuity to work with Ray when I worked for Armstrong Int., and also knew of him when he served in National Guard along side my father 1Sgt Warren Mak, he will be missed very much. Sincerely Bob n Ron Mak

Bob Mak gave their condolences on 12/19/2015 at 2:55 PM


Our regards & sympathy to Bruno and Nino. Hard to loose a younger brother, we're thinking of you.

Buck & Marlene Roberts gave their condolences on 12/19/2015 at 4:08 PM


Our deepest sympathy to the family for your terrible loss. May God be with you all in this time of sorrow. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Ray & Joan Martin gave their condolences on 12/19/2015 at 10:57 PM


Ray was a great business aquaintence and always listened and offered good advice. I truly enjoyed the many times we were together. My thoughts are with Lori and Ray's family at this very sad time. Ray is going to be truly missed.

Stuart Bird gave their condolences on 12/20/2015 at 3:01 PM


I have never known anyone who connected with people like Ray. He knew everyone, was interested in everyone and cared about everyone. I was starting to pray for his entrance into heaven today and I realized he doesn't need our help. He's there. We will miss him forever but can never forget the privilege of being his friend.

Jack and Nanette Keiser gave their condolences on 12/20/2015 at 9:01 PM


All italian cousins gave their deepest sympathi to entire family, Jill and Joanna, Lory, Bruno and Nino. We are thinking of you during this very sad and difficult time. Ray will leave us a dear memory of himself

Fam. Dovina gave their condolences on 12/21/2015 at 2:38 PM


I knew Ray from the Fluid Controls Institute - a great guy and class act. So sorry to hear of his loss. My sympathies and prayers are with you.

Bruce Broxterman gave their condolences on 12/22/2015 at 10:31 AM


Ray's presence was and always will be part of my identity. I am grateful to have been a recipient of his kindness.

Marie Giacobone gave their condolences on 12/23/2015 at 8:43 AM


My heart felt condolences to the Masnari family. I pray you can find peace and comfort in the extraordinary life Ray lived. Lori you and your family are in my prayers.

Tracy Clupper gave their condolences on 12/23/2015 at 8:46 AM


We are so sorry. Ray was such a great guy, and was always so nice to our kids. He always asked about them, supported them in their sports activities, and made a point to congratulate them whenever he saw them. We need more Ray Masnaris in our world...his loss diminishes us all. "Never ask for whom the bell tolls...it tolls for thee."

Sally and Chick Boeschenstein gave their condolences on 12/23/2015 at 9:06 AM


We are saddened to hear of Ray's passing. A kind sincere gentleman at every turn in life. He opened his arms and heart to everyone. His demeanor exemplified a true gentleman. Ray's example has had a significant impact on us from both a personal and business aspect. Our sincere condolences.

T.P.Tunstall gave their condolences on 12/23/2015 at 9:09 AM


We are sad to learn of Ray's passing, our deepest sympathy to his family.

Karla & Jim Martinsen gave their condolences on 12/23/2015 at 10:31 AM


We wish to express our deepest sympathy to the family on the passing of Ray. Ray was an incredible individual and the world was better for having him in it. Deepest Sympathy to all! <3

Harrison Family gave their condolences on 12/23/2015 at 4:32 PM


Lori, our prayers are with you and your family. Ray was always an inspiration to me as he had the perfect balance of Faith, Family and work. He was an incredible man and his infectious smile and laugh will be remembered forever. You and your family remain in our prayers. God Bless the Masnari family.

Hazen & Cindy Kreis gave their condolences on 12/24/2015 at 10:00 AM


Ray was not only an active collaborator with the FCI, but also a close & highly admired friend. If everyone in the world could have just a part of Ray's spirit, love of helping people, integrity, & gentlemanly manner - the world would be a better place. We all are very fortunate to have known Ray for his friendship & overall positive influence. To Lori, Bruno, and Nino, & all of your family, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Jim Risko gave their condolences on 12/29/2015 at 4:06 PM

Age 72

Date of Death December 17, 2015

Place of Death Kalamazoo, Michigan

Service Details

The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. on Monday, December 21, 2015 at Hohner Funeral Home with rosary services beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Three Rivers.

Obituary Notice

Raymond Edward Masnari (Maz), age 72, passed away Wednesday, December 17, from complications due to bladder cancer. Born on October 16, 1943, Ray was a lifetime resident of Three Rivers, Michigan, Ray was a lover of sports, playing on numerous high school teams, such as basketball, football, and golf. In 1993, he was inducted into the Three Rivers High School Sports Hall of Fame. Among his proudest high school accomplishments were: 1961 Regional Champs in Golf; All League '60 - '61 in Basketball; Team Leading Scorer '61; District Champs in Basketball 1960; and that he held the TRHS Assist Record.
A 1961 graduate of Three Rivers High School, Ray continued his education by attending and receiving his Bachelor's of Business Administration degree from Western Michigan University in 1965. From there, he launched a successful career in human resources at Michigan Gas and Electric. In 1974, Ray was recruited to work at Armstrong as the International Sales Manager. His job took him to numerous places, like Australia, Mexico, Japan, China and Europe, where he made many life-long good friends. In January 2014, he retired after 38 years of service to Armstrong International.
An avid Three Rivers Wildcats, New York Yankees and Notre Dame fan, Ray always enjoyed the thrill of competition. For many years, he was a coach for Junior Pro Basketball. Ray loved being part of the community and was a member of the Rotary and the Elks. He belonged to the Sauganash Golf Club, where he was Medal Play Club Champion.
He was a faithful parish member of Immaculate Conception Church. Ray taught CCD classes to many kids and was a long-serving usher. He sponsored his wife, Lori, as she became a member of the Catholic faith. They loved worshiping together.
Any lucky person knowing Ray had an immediate bond with him. He loved each of his grandchildren and tried never to miss any event they were in. His oldest brother, Bruno, was like a father to him and was his best friend. Bruno’s three sons, John, Steve and David, were like his own sons. Ray organized an annual 4th of July golf outing for his closest high school friends, always ending in a cookout at his house to enjoy talking about all the memories they shared.
A loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and friend, Ray would bend over backwards to help anyone and to hold true to his word and beliefs. A man of wonderful humor and integrity, he will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and community.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Giovanna and Anthony Masnari, and his sister-in-law, Marilyn. Ray is survived by his loving wife of 16 years, Lori; his daughters Joanna Cannon (Russ), Jill Martin (Mike), Sarah Van Camp, and Megan Geiger (Josh); and five grandchildren (Gloria, Joshua, Ryan, Max, and Vaughn). In addition, he is survived by his two brothers Bruno Masnari of Three Rivers, Michigan, and Nino (Judy) Masnari of Raleigh, North Carolina.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Ray to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and/or Immaculate Conception Catholic School. Envelopes available and donations may be sent to Hohner Funeral Home in care of arrangements.


Condolence Messages(18)
Our prayers go out to Lori, and the entire family. Ray was very dedicated to his family and church. May God surround all of you during this very difficult time.

Judy Gilchrist-Mohney gave their condolences on 12/18/2015 at 11:02 PM


Ray will always hold a special place in my hear, I remember so many phone conversations we shared. Lori, my prayers are with you at this sorrowful time.

Pat Kamm gave their condolences on 12/19/2015 at 9:47 AM


Tom loved Ray more than words can ever say. Lori & family I am so sorry for the loss of such a wonderful man.

Beth (Leverentz) White gave their condolences on 12/19/2015 at 2:53 PM


To the family of Ray he was always fun to be around and was always willing to lend a hand, I had oppertinuity to work with Ray when I worked for Armstrong Int., and also knew of him when he served in National Guard along side my father 1Sgt Warren Mak, he will be missed very much. Sincerely Bob n Ron Mak

Bob Mak gave their condolences on 12/19/2015 at 2:55 PM


Our regards & sympathy to Bruno and Nino. Hard to loose a younger brother, we're thinking of you.

Buck & Marlene Roberts gave their condolences on 12/19/2015 at 4:08 PM


Our deepest sympathy to the family for your terrible loss. May God be with you all in this time of sorrow. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Ray & Joan Martin gave their condolences on 12/19/2015 at 10:57 PM


Ray was a great business aquaintence and always listened and offered good advice. I truly enjoyed the many times we were together. My thoughts are with Lori and Ray's family at this very sad time. Ray is going to be truly missed.

Stuart Bird gave their condolences on 12/20/2015 at 3:01 PM


I have never known anyone who connected with people like Ray. He knew everyone, was interested in everyone and cared about everyone. I was starting to pray for his entrance into heaven today and I realized he doesn't need our help. He's there. We will miss him forever but can never forget the privilege of being his friend.

Jack and Nanette Keiser gave their condolences on 12/20/2015 at 9:01 PM


All italian cousins gave their deepest sympathi to entire family, Jill and Joanna, Lory, Bruno and Nino. We are thinking of you during this very sad and difficult time. Ray will leave us a dear memory of himself

Fam. Dovina gave their condolences on 12/21/2015 at 2:38 PM


I knew Ray from the Fluid Controls Institute - a great guy and class act. So sorry to hear of his loss. My sympathies and prayers are with you.

Bruce Broxterman gave their condolences on 12/22/2015 at 10:31 AM


Ray's presence was and always will be part of my identity. I am grateful to have been a recipient of his kindness.

Marie Giacobone gave their condolences on 12/23/2015 at 8:43 AM


My heart felt condolences to the Masnari family. I pray you can find peace and comfort in the extraordinary life Ray lived. Lori you and your family are in my prayers.

Tracy Clupper gave their condolences on 12/23/2015 at 8:46 AM


We are so sorry. Ray was such a great guy, and was always so nice to our kids. He always asked about them, supported them in their sports activities, and made a point to congratulate them whenever he saw them. We need more Ray Masnaris in our world...his loss diminishes us all. "Never ask for whom the bell tolls...it tolls for thee."

Sally and Chick Boeschenstein gave their condolences on 12/23/2015 at 9:06 AM


We are saddened to hear of Ray's passing. A kind sincere gentleman at every turn in life. He opened his arms and heart to everyone. His demeanor exemplified a true gentleman. Ray's example has had a significant impact on us from both a personal and business aspect. Our sincere condolences.

T.P.Tunstall gave their condolences on 12/23/2015 at 9:09 AM


We are sad to learn of Ray's passing, our deepest sympathy to his family.

Karla & Jim Martinsen gave their condolences on 12/23/2015 at 10:31 AM


We wish to express our deepest sympathy to the family on the passing of Ray. Ray was an incredible individual and the world was better for having him in it. Deepest Sympathy to all! <3

Harrison Family gave their condolences on 12/23/2015 at 4:32 PM


Lori, our prayers are with you and your family. Ray was always an inspiration to me as he had the perfect balance of Faith, Family and work. He was an incredible man and his infectious smile and laugh will be remembered forever. You and your family remain in our prayers. God Bless the Masnari family.

Hazen & Cindy Kreis gave their condolences on 12/24/2015 at 10:00 AM


Ray was not only an active collaborator with the FCI, but also a close & highly admired friend. If everyone in the world could have just a part of Ray's spirit, love of helping people, integrity, & gentlemanly manner - the world would be a better place. We all are very fortunate to have known Ray for his friendship & overall positive influence. To Lori, Bruno, and Nino, & all of your family, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Jim Risko gave their condolences on 12/29/2015 at 4:06 PM