Raymond Denis Kane

September 15, 1930July 2, 2020

On Thursday, July 2, 2020, Raymond Denis Kane passed away at the age of 89.

Affectionately known as “Sonnyboy”, Raymond was born in Michigan on September 15th, 1930. He

was a graduate of Cass Tech High School in Detroit and went on to serve his country in the U.S.

Marine Core. He continued his career in public service as a detective sergeant in the Detroit Police

Department for 25 years, and later retired as a Deputy Federal Marshall from the United States

Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, LA after 20 years.

Raymond had a large extended family, with eight children and two stepchildren with his wife Sylvia

(Barnes). He is survived by his children, his brother, his seventeen grandchildren, and seventeen

great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father Raymond, his mother Mary, his brother

James, his son Mark and his stepdaughter Janna.

Ray’s true love was music. From the tender age of 12 until his passing he was an avid musician. He

specialized in playing the balalaika and domra instruments. He was known as a guest artist of the

balalaika orchestras throughout the U.S.A., commonly being referred to as “Rent-a-Ray”. He

performed with many notable groups including the Detroit Balalaika Orchestra for 30 years, the

Balalaika and Domra Association of America (BDAA) for 40 years, the Atlanta Balalaika Society, the

Houston Balalaika Society and the Sarasota Mandolin Ensemble of Florida. His music brought

together many lifelong friendships and opportunities. Sonnyboy was also a proud member of the

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

Ray is under the care of Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Homes. Please make donations payable to

the BDAA Youth Initiative Fund at


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Catherine Collini

July 17, 2020

I remember the house in Howell always filled with teenagers and children. But he managed to care for them all, big and small. All while keeping his humor and enjoying his favorite card games and music. He had wisdom to share that is for sure. He was a handsome, wise and caring man and left a wonderful legacy in his wake!!! He will be missed! Rest Easy Big Guy! Your shift is over here but just beginning somewhere beautiful!!!

Tracy Kane

July 16, 2020

I will never forget the time that Ray and Dennis and I were out on his sail boat on lake St.Clair,and the water was getting rough there was a storm and we were headed for some rocks. Ray told Dennis to throw the anchor, and I said (but Ray it is not hooked up) , and he replied (throw it anyways.) We all laughed about that for years !!


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