He is survived by the love of his life for 50 years, Nancy; sons, William (Faith) and Michael (Laurinda); granddaughter, Nicole Penner and grandson, Jared Penner; stepmother, Marge Penner; and sister-in-law, Barbara Penner of Florida. He was preceded in death by his brother, Marvin Penner. He was dearly loved by many nieces, nephews, in-laws, and many friends.
He served honorably in the U.S. Army. He was formerly employed with Fisher Body Corp., Diamond REO, Lindell Drop Forge, St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, and was a custodian at Resurrection School.
The family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel from 5-8 p.m. Monday where the Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be held at the Church of The Resurrection, 1505 E. Michigan Ave. at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 12, 2011 with The Rev. Fr. William J. Koenigsknecht as Celebrant. The Rite of Committal will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Ray would prefer contributions to Resurrection St. Vincent de Paul or to the American Heart Association.