OBITUARY

Ray C Valley

June 29, 1932March 11, 2013

Ray Clare Valley Haslett, Michigan

Ray was born June 29, 1932, in West Branch, Michigan, the son of Clare F. and Catherine M. (Craft) Valley, and passed away very early on March 11, 2013, at the age of 80.

Ray attended the West Branch Public Schools and graduated in 1950. He was in the U.S. Army from early 1952 to late 1953 and served with the Army Intelligence Corps in Japan. He was assigned to Korea in November 1952 where he spent many months on the front lines, including one of the big battles for Port Chop Hill. He was honorably discharged in the fall of 1953. After returning from the service, he married Emma Jean Ouderkirk in 1954 and that fall they settled into married housing at Michigan State University where he pursued his higher education. On April 9, 1956, he enlisted in the Michigan State Police (MSP) and after his graduation from training was assigned to the Clinton Post, Clinton, Michigan. His tour of duty with the MSP included promotions and transfers to posts in Centerline; East Lansing (Organized Crime Unit); Alpena; Community Relations/Juvenile Section, Headquarters; and then closing his MSP career on April 9, 1978, as a Lieutenant and assistant commander of the Training Division. Over the years he completed his bachelor’s and master’s degree at MSU. Ray began a second law enforcement career in 1978 as a special investigator in Attorney General Frank Kelly’s Medicaid Fraud Unit and retired from that position early in 1995.

Through the years, he has been actively involved in the Community of Christ – Rose Lake Congregation. He is an ordained minister (Seventy-which is a missionary) and has served as pastor and co-pastor of the congregation. He has always placed a great emphasis on the care and protection-physically or spiritually-of the people he has been called to serve. Ray was a loving father to Dr. Martin R. Valley and his wife Dawn; and grandfather to granddaughters Morgan, Lane, and Jordan. He was preceded in death by his parents. Ray is survived by his wife, son (Dawn), and granddaughters and his brother Dick, brother-in-law John (Patricia) Ouderkirk; aunts: Nellie Globke and Frances Valley; nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends (some of his fellow officers and friends were “Almost brothers and sisters” in the joys and friendships they shared).

His funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15, at the Community of Christ-Capital Area Congregation, 1514 West Miller Road, Lansing, Dr. Martin R. Valley officiating. Interment will be at Brookside Cemetery, West Branch, Michigan. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 3-5 and 6-8 p.m. at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Ray’s memory to the Community of Christ-Rose Lake Congregation, 14980 Upton Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823 or Outreach International, 129 W. Lexington, PO Box 210, Independence, MO 64050. On line condolences may be made at www.greastlansing.com

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, March 14, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, March 14, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 15, 2013
REMEMBERING

Ray C Valley

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Bonnie Smith

April 1, 2013

I met Ray some years ago when he worked with the AG's Medicaid Fraud Unit. I worked for Medicaid and would provide certified documentation for Ray to use as evidence of fraud. He was always a joy to work with. His kindness and humor was welcome, and he always made sure that I knew he appreciated what I did. The last time I saw Ray was in court. I was in the first round of jurors led into the courtroom, unaware of what the case was about. As soon as I sat down I saw Ray sitting at the prosecuters table and realized it must be a Medicaid Fraud case. We both shook our heads and smiled at each other because we knew the defense team would eliminate me...which they did. On my way out of the courtroom, Ray and I shook hands and he said "God bless." Well, God Blessed us with Ray and he will be missed by all who knew him.

March 18, 2013

I spent a few missionary years with Ray in the Community of Christ, other moments, a few meals...when Ray went home to God, I tried to put some of my memories of him on paper, even Facebook..got a couple wrong, but, but, the Ray we know? No obit, no commentary could ever summarize even part of what he did and stood for. I hope to see you on the other side, Ray.

Charles Valley

March 18, 2013

I believe it is important to add this as a matter of record. Ray helped many persons privately and publically throughout his life. For me, his advice was invaluable.

As part of his life achievements, he headed up the Juvenile Division of the State Police, and more importantly, throughout the colleges and universities of the State of Michigan, set up the criminology programs for future state institutions to offer a degree in Criminal Justice. This was a very intellectual endeavor that should be forever recognized.

When Ray completed this task, he was offered a full professorship at Michigan State, a fantastic offer which he turned down.

Ray had such a wonderfully enriching life. He was always open to so many tasks and endeavors.

He was a rock who so many turned to and will forever be missed.

Charles Valley

Terri Hosford

March 15, 2013

I am sadden by such a big loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I have always admired Ray. He married Randy and me so many years ago. I knew his words and deeds were heaven sent. I am very blessed to know the Valley family. He made the hard times better. I am a better person for knowing Ray. God Bless you all. Love always,

Dave Premoe

March 15, 2013

March 15, 2013
Brother Ray Valley has always been one of my ministerial heroes in our community of faith. He spent the majority of his adult life faithfully representing God's hands through his ministry and love of those that he saw as his “brothers and sisters” in Christ. Now that his earthly journey has ended, it is my faith that those hands of God that he so faithfully represented now are holding him as they always have in love and peace. As one of the many people who have been touched by Ray's ministry, I also hold him in my heart. It is my prayer that all those who Ray touched might treasure the memory of a life well lived in service to others. I also pray that his family will recognize God's presence with them in this time of loss. Good bye dear friend and brother.
Dave Premoe
Okemos, MI

Karen (David) Lennon

March 14, 2013

Whenever I entered a building where Jean and Ray were, I would hear a loud and genuine "Hi Love"! That would be Ray! Then close by you will see a sweet smile and a Hi, how are you? That would be Jean. If you weren't seeing Ray at church activities you might see him going down the road (the wrong way) in a high speed chase! I did experience that quite a while ago. Your family has been a blessing to ours and we are better because of you. I would also hear Ray ask (often) I have a wedding or a funeral coming up, would you sing for it...now it's my privilege to say YES to singing for you as you enjoy basking in Gods love and friends and family that have gone before you. Thanks! Karen

March 14, 2013

Jean and Marty! Each of you have been an inspiration to everyone you meet. When I think of one of you I see all three of you! Ray has been a disciple that will be talked about for years to come. I know what testimonies he has left for me to share with others..from speaking under the unfluence of the Holy Spirit to the blessing of our grandchildren. I consider it an honor to call him friend! Love Karen Lennon

Suzanne Janowski

March 14, 2013

My mother Frances (Valley) Nagy always spoke highly of her cousin Ray.
Sorry for your loss.

March 14, 2013

Dear Jean and Marty,

Ray was my mentor and always had time to give advice. Wish I would have spent more time hunting and fishing with him.

I know there will be so many who will come and give their condolences.

My cousin Ray was a hero, a great intellect, and a very great man indeed.

If there was a way to leave my mother (who needs constant supervision) I would be there.

May God give you strength Jean.

Sincerely,

Charles Valley

March 14, 2013

Dear Emma Jean and family,
He was a good leader and a very good person. You have my sincere sympathy.
Memories are precious now. Josephine Baily Neubecker