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Raymond "Ray" de Steiger

September 20, 1927February 26, 2016
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De STEIGER, Raymond “Ray”, 88, of Rochester Hills, passed away February 26, 2016 at home.

Ray graduated from East Detroit HS, later receiving his Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University in Business Administration. He was owner and chairman of Ray Electric and Ray Lighting Centers.

Husband of wife of 65 years, Virginia “Ginny” (nee Walter) de Steiger; father of Peter (Chris) de Steiger, David (Judy) de Steiger, Lisa (John) Perry and Michelle (Roy) Edmonds; and grandfather of Kelly (Matt) Hunnicutt and their children Ella and Luke, Jamie de Steiger, David (Sarah) de Steiger and their daughter Eva, Katelyn (Sean) Pack, Joseph (Ashlee) de Steiger and their daughter Bennett, Rachel (Nate) Norman, Jaclyn (Cameron) Schilling, Ashley (Chris) de La Fe and their son Isaac, Kimberly Perry, Jeff Edmonds, Jennifer (Patrick) Hicks and their children Brayden and Bailey, John (Genna) Edmonds, Grace Edmonds and Sarah Edmonds.

Visitation 2 – 8 pm Friday, March 4, 2016 at Pixley Funeral Home, 322 W University Dr, in downtown Rochester. Funeral Service 11 am Saturday, March 5, 2016 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 620 Romeo Rd, in downtown Rochester. Mr. de Steiger will lie in-state from 10 am until start of service at church. Private interment to follow at Mt. Avon Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Rochester Rotary Charities, PO BOX 81523, Rochester, MI 48307-1523. www.pixleyfuneral.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, March 4, 2016

  • In-State

    Saturday, March 5, 2016

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, March 5, 2016

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Dave and Kathie Shellenbarger

March 16, 2016

We valued our friendship with Ray very highly, as he always had a "half full" view of the world and was enthusiastic in all that he did. He was a valuable mentor for Dave when he led the Great Oaks board, and we will both think of him after every church service at our church in Florida, where we met for coffee. Our sympathy goes to the entire family, and we are each proud and thankful to have known Ray.

March 8, 2016

Pete and Chris and David and Judy,
Our condolences to you on the loss of your dad. I always enjoyed talking to him at meetings and I know he will be missed. He left a great legacy that your families now carry on. You should feel great pride in all the lives that he touched and the business that he left.
Donnie and Larry Stern

Patti Huseman

March 7, 2016

Ray DeSteiger will be very missed here at Shadow Wood country Club. He is a Wonderful man! I was a pleasure to know him! :) Patti

March 6, 2016

Condolences to the family. Ray was a great man and a good friend both in business and personally. James and Carol French (Canadian Lakes, MI)

Vinny and Sandy Schauer

March 5, 2016

Our condolences to the DeSteiger family. We were very saddened to hear of Rays passing. We have very fond memories of the times we spent with Ray and Ginny at the Rays Electric functions. Ray was always a find gentleman.
With our sincere sympathy. Prayers to the family. Vinny and Sandy Schauer

Jim Churilla

March 4, 2016

Your family is in our prayers. So very sorry to hear about Mr. DeSteiger. Thinking of many wonderful memories golfing through the years.
Jim and Rose Churilla, C&G Electric.

Ellen Doster

March 4, 2016

Ginny, You and Ray were such an important part of social gatherings at the Drinkard household and we were honored by your presence in our home, as well. Betty considered you an integral part of her life in Rochester and I was grateful to have been included in so many wonderful get-togethers with you and members of the "old gang". When Bob was in business for himself, we did much of our purchasing from Ray Electric and, still consider it the go-to vendor of fine products and services. I hope you and the kids will be soothed by the knowledge of how many lives you and Ray have touched and the memories of a long and lovely life together. Hugs to all from Bob and Ellen Doster.

March 4, 2016

Ray and I were cryosurgery for prostate cancer brothers. Always glad to see each other when we would meet and talk about that experience.

ron lally

March 4, 2016

Our Dad worked closely with Ray for over 30 years at Ray Electric. Whenever he mentioned Ray, the words- fair, honest, and treats people well - would always follow. Ray was such a positive influence on our Dad and thus our whole family. His memory will always be with us.
the Leo Lally family

Marsha McBride

March 4, 2016

Dear Ginny,
John and I were sorry to hear about Rays passing. We enjoyed the times at NAED meetings with you and your family. Thoughts and prayers for all.

John and Marsha McBride.

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I now pronounce you man and wife

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Ray and David
Like father like son
Dad's favorite jacket

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Ray playing with mom on the Florida beach

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Ray and Ginny skiing at Boyne

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Ray throwing one down at the Hofbraugh House in Munich

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Ray and Ginny with a model of their empty nester dream house

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Ray in his blonde curls--kept these his whole life