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309 W. Parkdale Avenue
Manistee, MI 49660
Phone: (231) 723-1117
Fax: (231) 723-1029
Raymond Rutkowski

Raymond Peter Rutkowski

Monday, October 19th, 1925 - Tuesday, June 8th, 2021
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Raymond P. Rutkowski

Raymond Peter Rutkowski passed away on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, surrounded by members of his loving family at Rest Haven Care Center in Holland, Michigan.
He was born on October 19, 1925, in Detroit, Michigan and was the son of Aloysius and Sophia (Wolski) Rutkowski. Raised in Detroit, Ray moved his family to Manistee in 1970 to enjoy life in a small town near Lake Michigan.
During his youth Ray enjoyed his family, school and playing a variety of sports. As a teenager Ray met a very beautiful young lady by the name of Arlene Robinson through a mutual friend and the two of them fell in love instantly. Their relationship was interrupted in January 1944 by Ray’s voluntary service with the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. As a Forward Observer with the 1st Marine Division 11th Battalion, Ray served in Okinawa and China until his discharge in May 1946. Upon his return, Ray and Arlene resumed their courtship and enjoyed many evenings dancing to the music of the big band era featuring such performers as the Glenn Miller Band in their beloved Grande Ballroom. In 1949, Ray began a 25 year career with the Detroit Police Department as a Patrolman. With Ray’s career secured, he and Arlene exchanged wedding vows and married on October 1, 1951. Throughout their more than 66 years of marriage and until Arlene’s unfortunate passing in April 2018 they raised six loving children, continued to enjoy dancing, drives to and around the many lakes of the local area, trips to Florida and, of course, Ray’s passion for golf as a member of the Manistee Golf & Country Club.

Ray was a devoted Catholic who took his faith seriously. He was totally in love with Arlene, provided unconditional love to his children and was committed to providing for his family by working second jobs during his police career.

Besides his parents and wife Arlene, Ray was preceded in death by his siblings Alfred, Jim, Dorothy and Marie. His loving children, Elaine and David (“Hockey Dave”) and great-grandchild, Andrew Raymond (son of granddaughter Jennifer and Nick DePalma) earned their Angel wings and have been waiting for husband, dad and great-grandfather to join them in heaven.

Surviving Ray is his loving family that includes four daughters, nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Oldest daughter Michelle (Jim) Davis of Prior Lake, MN, and grandson Brad (Lisa) and great-grandchildren Mason and Jackson; granddaughter Jennifer (Nick) and great-grandchildren Mara and Matthew; and, grandson Adam (Heather) and great-grandchildren Logan and Lainey. Second oldest daughter Deborah (John) Roskowski of West Olive, MI, and grandson Ryan (Julie) and great-grandchildren Kaden and Kayla; grandson Aaron and great-grandchildren Greyson and Taylor; and, grandson Brandon (Kelly) and great-grandchildren Raegan and Westin. Third oldest surviving daughter Carol (John) Walter of Manistee and granddaughter Brianna. Youngest daughter Lisa (Bob) Patulski of Coopersville, MI and grandchildren Eric and Emma. Survivors also include a sister-in-law, Henrietta Rutkowski, a brother-in-law Maurice St. Germaine and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Rest Haven Care Center in Holland, MI for the professional and loving care provided to Ray during his stay. The compassion and respect demonstrated by staff was what every family would want extended to their loved one.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed in Ray’s name to the Manistee County Veterans Van Program or the Detroit Police Widow & Orphan Fund, c/o Detroit Police Benefit & Protective Association, 3031 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48202 (Re: Raymond Rutkowski)

Oak Grove Funeral Home Cremation Center has been retained by the family. Visit Ray’s personal page of memories at www.oakgrovefh.com.
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Michelle Davis

Posted at 07:19pm
Dad,
So many memories being the 2nd eldest ( after David) but oldest of 5 girls. What a crazy childhood first in Detroit then Manistee. I don’t remember a summer without a pool in our yard from the 1 ft baby pools to the very large above ground pools. You made sure we kept cool. The police car rides to church when you couldn’t attend with us & bleeping the siren as we were all strutting into church. Taking our fingerprints & locking us in a cell to show us what it was like. Letting me drive your new car right after Getting my license & then going with me to buy my first car after I got my first nursing job. My first pair of new skis! Christmas! You will forever be my favorite Santa ! Telling Jim He’d leave a ladder outside if we eloped ( way less expensive)!! Our family was big and we suffered great pains & heartaches but we always knew where home was and where our hearts were. I’ll always treasure your outward love for mom & your dancing in the kitchen to the big band music of your era! I miss you. I Love you. I won’t say goodbye but what it took forever for me to learn in Polish ...Z bogiem. God be with you. Until we meet again dad hug my momma! David,Elain & our Andrew! Blowing kisses to heaven. Always & forever 💕 Michelle
 
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Jenny DePalma Posted at 07:33pm

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Jenny DePalma

Posted at 06:19pm
Grandpa Ray....my memories include hours of watching golf in your living room, Christmas in July, teaching us safety techniques you learned from your police officer days, the famous ‘punch me as hard as you can in the stomach’ (because he was the ‘strongest man we knew’), you and grandma dancing in the kitchen and your laugh will be forever engraved in my mind. We will miss you greatly but we know you are back with the love of your life. Rest In Peace Grandpa! Love you.
 
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Michelle Davis Posted at 07:03pm

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Jim Davis

Posted at 06:02pm
Ray was a man who fought in WWII in the Pacific, followed by 25 years as a beat cop in Detroit all while raising 6 kids. With life experiences like that he was certainly not a wallflower and he left a wake wherever he went! He looked you in the eye and shook your hand as a real man did. He was a man I looked up to and learned a lot from. Also, I was terrified of him in the early days of dating his oldest daughter! We are fortunate that our children got to know him and saw a strong man who was remarkably soft hearted when with his grandchildren. Our world is a little lesser place when another from The Greatest Generation leaves us. Rest easy Ray, your dues are fully paid and we’ve got it from here. Looking forward to reuniting with you, Arlene, Elaine and David some day.
 
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Michelle Davis Posted at 07:22pm

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Maurice St Germain

Posted at 07:30pm
From Maurice St. Germain: When I first started dating Ray's sister Marie I had recently played my first 9 holes of golf and had not learned much about scoring or handicaps. The first time I met Ray he asked if I golfed and I promptly responded "yes". He asked "what do you shoot?" I replied 72 last and didn't know I was supposed to say for nine holes. 72 is a great score for 18 holes and a terrible score for nine holes. Needless to say Ray was impressed and really on my case when he found out my 72 was for nine holes. Eventually, Ray invited me to play golf with him and I did so poorly he told me he would never play golf with me again. And, he didn't. But, I married his sister and we enjoyed 65 years of each other's company on the golf courses of our lives. I have fond memories of Ray and always wished I could be as good a golfer as he was.
GOD BLESS YOU Ray. Please give Marie a hug for me. We will miss you and have missed Marie since April 30,2020
 
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Michelle Davis Posted at 07:21pm

💕 what a wonderful story! I’d never heard that one before. Thank you for sharing Uncle Maurice. Love you !
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Carol Walter

Posted at 03:48pm
Dad,I love and miss you so much!Sending to hugs and kisses in heaven(Memories,I have so many but will just list a few.I will always remember in Detroit when you were a policeman and you would come home for lunch in your police car and you would let all my friends sit in the backseat and you would flash the lights and the siren.We all thought that was the coolest.I remember when you would take us sledding down the ski hills with our saucers,you would wax them up so we could be the fastest ones there,also our many vacations to Manistee.I remember you taking us to see all the police horses and they would let us ride them even though I cried during the whole ride.You and Mom would take us for rides in the country and we would all sing songs and you would Moooo and the cows and they would moo back.I will always remember our big and yes our big move to Manistee,none of us were happy about it but you knew it was the best thing for us and you were right.You did it cause it was safer and you loved us and we grew to love Manistee as it was Home.I have so many more loving memories but will keep them in my heart❤️I have always been so proud to call you my Dad and prouder to be your Daughter❤️I miss You and Mom ,Dave and Elaine so much!Until we all see each other again I’m sending so many hugs and blowing kisses to you all😘😘😘😘❤️❤️❤️❤️I Love you!From your daughter Carol
 
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Michelle Davis Posted at 08:02pm

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