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Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

205 E Washington, DeWitt, MI

OBITUARY

Raymond Leroy Unger

June 6, 1935June 25, 2020

We lost a legend….

Ray Unger passed away on June 25, 2020, just 19 days after his 85th birthday. He was an amazing man not only to the people that loved him, but also to his community. Ray was married to the love of his life, Marilyn, for 63 years. Together they have 5 children, 14 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. He loved his family dearly and enjoyed spending time with them. His families’ homes are filled with countless gifts from his woodshop that he made through the years that they will cherish forever.

Ray was the shop/yearbook teacher in Dewitt for 25 years. You all know his work. You see his infamous fire breathing panther under the Friday night lights every time our Panthers score a touchdown. He has left his mark with similar projects in every community he has lived in.

Ray was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a rare cancer of the blood, and it was not kind to him the last couple of years. He was very strong though, and if you would ask him how he was feeling, it was always, “fine”. He was a very funny, creative, detailed man who gave amazing hugs and awful knee claw tickles. We know he will be missed, not just by those who loved him, but by everyone that was blessed to have known him. He was legendary.

According to Ray’s wishes, an informal celebration of his life will take place on July 11, 2020 at 2:00 PM at the home of his daughter, Diane Blakenship (308 Franklin, Dewitt, MI 48820). A sharing of memories will begin at 3:00 PM. Please bring your memories, chairs, belly laughs, suspenders, pocket protectors and whatever else you wish to honor his memory and celebration of his wonderful life.

Services

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Michelle Burgoyne

July 4, 2020

He was a wonderful person, and will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you

Michelle Michitsch (Woodbury)

July 3, 2020

Mr Unger was my yearbook teacher my senior year. Kind man, funny and cared about his students. RIP sir.

Peg Ryan Howard

July 3, 2020

Dag-gummit
half a dozen; six of twelve the other
These are the top two phrases along with some other creative swearing that I heard at the far north/east corner of DHS and our family room when I was 5.
I met Mr. Unger in the early 70's. He and Mrs. Unger were good friends of my parents (Jim and Ann Ryan). Mr. Unger was installing gold veined glass tiles on our family room wall (so tacky - so 70's :). There he was, tolerating my "help", teaching me to measure twice and cut once. Showing me that quality work is the only work.
Throughout the years, I can picture him in so many family events and memories, Square dancing on a float in the Ox Roast parade, "Notice how they all hold hands so they don't fall off".
He even saved my life! We were camping with the Ungers and I was playing Chimney Sweep (aka Mary Poppins) around the stones from the previous night's fire. Barefoot, I slipped into the embers on one foot, lost balance and proceeded to put my hand in to catch my balance. He cherry picked me up and through me into a nearby cooler.
Even better, he was a huge influence during my high school years. Guiding, stepping in and correcting course, but most importantly showing me what good teaching looks like, how important it was to let your students know that you care about them, lifting each one up to shine.
So I stand with the thousands of students whose lives you transformed, remembering eating doughnuts in your office and respectfully say Thank you, Mr. Unger. Thanks for the doughnuts, the laughter, the hand up, and the love you showed each of us.
Peggy Sue

Phylis Isanhart Beyer

July 2, 2020

To Ray Unger's family,
Ray was my co-worker at DeWitt High School from 1972 - 1978. I remember that he was a good guy who kept us entertained in the lunch room everyday. Whenever I came back for a football game on a Friday night, Ray would often spot me and stop whatever he was doing to welcome me and chat for a bit. My heartfelt condolences at the loss of Ray Unger, one of the good guys.
Phylis Isanhart Beyer

Jeffrey Braman

July 2, 2020

DeWitt Class of 1995. Thank you Mr. Unger for your wisdom and patience. You will be missed. Rest in Peace my friend.

Alex Rodriguez

July 1, 2020

From Teacher to Father,
Back in 1991 I arrived to Michigan from Spain to course my 12 grade in HS, after 3 months with my host family they decided I could not join the swim team, so I decided to change, I had already made a nice group of friends in DeWitt High School , but the family wanted me to leave town.
I was attending Technical Drafting class during my last days in HS when Ray called me to his office because he saw me really sad. After explaining him the situation he invited me lo live with him.
There are no words to express how that changed my life for ever, it was one of the happiest year I ever remember.

I will love you always, Alex


Jon Simpson

June 30, 2020

The best shop teacher ever, 1971-1973 RIP
Mr. Unger.
Thoughts and prayers for family

Mike & Betsy Soltysiak

June 30, 2020

I am proud to admit that as a fellow shop teacher, I was immensely jealous of Ray's creativity, and technical talent and endless generosity. Meeting this 16 year veteran as a 22 year old fresh out of college was daunting. Forty five years later, my respect for Ray's abilities and can do spirit serve as a bedrock for my life's reflections. I will always cherish the solutions to the problems confronted in the educational community and the laughs that we shared in solving them. To the extensive, Unger Clan, please accept Betsy's and my most heartfelt condolences in your loss of this uniquely gifted man. We will miss Ray's friendship! Mike & Betsy Soltysiak--Savannah, Georgia

Lisa McCarty (Pung)

June 30, 2020

Mr. Unger you will be missed by so many. Thank you for all you taught me. You were by far the best and my favorite teacher! I will always remember the trip to Joplin, MO. Thanks for being you. RIP 😪❤

Rod Wilson

June 29, 2020

..even the picture posted here with Mr. Unger's obit makes me chuckle at one of my favorite teachers.. in the background he has labeled his tools "Pinchie Things" and "Cuttie Stuff"
...even today, as i fire up a drill press or a table saw out in my shop, i practice the lessons Mr. Unger taught us all in his Wood Shop classroom ..he probably has saved hundreds of fingers & eyes over the decades by scaring the heck out of us with his "Lucky Williams" safety movie at the beginning of each term...

...i raise my safety glasses to a great teacher...
R.I.P. Mr. Unger
🌤️

FROM THE FAMILY