Raymond Ernest Burkholder

November 15, 1936February 17, 2018
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Raymond E. Burkholder, age 81, passed away on February 17, 2018. He was married to the love of his life Karen for over 28 years. He is also survived by his children; David, Mike and Kelly (Hal), stepchildren; Roland and Gerry (Christy), nine grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and his dog Molly. He was preceded in death by his son Steve, his parents Willis and Ernestine and his siblings; John, Beverly and Lorraine.

Ray enjoyed watching TV, especially old western movies and planting flowers. He like to play cards, rummy, pinochle, etc. He had a few different jobs throughout his life but enjoyed driving charter busses and being a cherry farmer and cherry broker.

Visitation for Ray will take place at Covell Funeral Home, 232 E. State St. Traverse City, MI 49684 on Wed. Feb 21 from 12:30 until the service which takes place at 2 pm. Interment will be at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 21, 2018
  • Visitation Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Raymond Ernest Burkholder

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Bonnie Mcclung

February 22, 2018

You were a gift to those of us who were blessed to have known you. You were an inspiration with your hard work, dedication and love you gave to others. I will always hold you dearly in my heart for the love, time & support you gave to me in my darkest days. I will never forget all the time you sitting on the bus with me, on my crusade patiently waiting for me, the world has lost a great man - Sincerely Bonnie Cason McClung

Athina Haselton

February 21, 2018

You are greatly loved and will be deeply missed Grandpa. Our hearts and prayers are with you Grandma , we love you.

Ronnie, Athina, PJ, Roland and Roxie

Athina Haselton

February 21, 2018

You are loved dearly and will be greatly missed Grandpa Fly high. Our thoughts and prayer are with you Grandma We love you.
Ronnie, Athina, PJ, Roland and Roxie.

Kathy O'Keefe

February 21, 2018

Sorry for your loss. Ray will be missed. My prayers and thoughts are with you Kay and family.

Christy Haselton

February 21, 2018

We will miss you dearly Dad. Watch over all of us with angel wings, until we meet again.

Connie Eaton

February 18, 2018

So sorry for your loss

February 17, 2018

May God's loving kindness comfort you and help you through this very sad time
Psalms 29:11