Clifford J. Raymond

Clifford J. RaymondAge 84, passed away September 6, 2016.  He was born July 27, 1932, in Cadillac, the son of the late Clifford and Luella (Rennells) Raymond.  Clifford retired from working for the State of Michigan.  He was a longtime, active member of Judson Memorial Baptist Church, where he was a lay minister, licensed to preach at his church.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jane, and his beloved wife, Hazel.  Surviving are:  son, Mark (Bonnie) Raymond; step-daughters, Roana Smith and Patricia (Rudy) Ledesma; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 4 siblings, Arlene (Dick) Swiler, Carl Raymond, Bruce (Sharon) Raymond and Dale (Linda) Raymond; as well as many nieces, nephews and other extended family members.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 9, 2016, at Judson Memorial Baptist Church, 531 Glendale Ave., Lansing, with interment to follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.  His family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel from 4 – 8 p.m. Thursday, and one hour prior to the funeral at the church on Friday.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Judson Memorial Baptist Church.

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Peggy Ball
September 7, 2016 at 4:29 pm

I am a member of the TOH/Birds&Blooms online community where Cliff posted daily along with us, where he shared Scripture posts and shared his faith to all who read! We enjoyed his pictures of his travels with his son, Mark. He posted many humorous jokes and graphics. As a born again Christian myself who went to Baptist church for many yrs and was baptised by immersion, I had much in common with him, and truly lived him as a brother in Christ! Will truly miss him and havent gotten over it yet! He had just posted in backyardchat his latest pictures from his Labor Day get tog w/ his widow lady friends! Mark, you were a wonderful son to Cliff!

Nancy Zimmermerman
September 7, 2016 at 6:46 pm

Mark, may you find comfort from our LORD during this difficult time.

I had the pleasure of knowing Cliff through a chat room at Birds & Blooms/Taste of Home and just recently the Backyard Bunch. His words were always so encouraging and inspirational. I will truly miss fellowshipping with him.


Jo Ann Ware
September 7, 2016 at 9:11 pm

I came to know Cliff through Birds and Blooms Chat, TOH and most recently Backyard Bunch. I also had the pleasure of meeting Cliff and Mark in person when they were traveling from Florida back to Michigan. And what a pleasure it was. Cliff will be missed by so many of us. Prayers for peace and comfort for Mark and all the family.

Marge (in west Michigan)
September 7, 2016 at 10:46 pm

I began to share a friendship with Cliff in the Backyard Chat when he posted pictures of his trip to Ireland in 2014. He & son Mark had been there a month prior to me and we had visited many of the same places. I loved seeing those pictures and the pictures of ALL his trips.

Mark, please know your Father was respected & loved by all of us in the Backyard Chat. My heartfelt condolences to your & your family.

Mary Gramlich
September 8, 2016 at 2:23 pm

I was lucky enough to know Cliff through the boards on Birds and Bloom and now on our new chat board. I read his posts from Sunday about the party and felt bad when I read how quickly he passed. God blessed him with a quick passing.
If it weren’t for Cliff I would never have seen the beauty of Alaska and Ireland through his photos. He took me on mini vacations while I sat here at my computer. These were sights I would never have seen otherwise. His pictures and descriptions intrigued me enough to go research the places even more on my own. I sometimes shared what I learned with him. We both learned new things about the places he went.
To Cliff’s family and friends: You all have my deepest sympathy. He was such a fantastic person and he will leave an huge hole in the lives of all who got to know him.
bwatcher on his boards.

Maureen Worland
September 11, 2016 at 2:15 pm

I came to know Cliff through his “smiles and Scriptures” posts daily. He will be sorely missed.


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