Raphael J. LeClaire

L’ANSE – Raphael J. LeClaire, 87, of L’Anse, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2013, at Marquette General Hospital in Marquette.

Ray was born in Baraga on July 1, 1926, the son of the late Anatole and Corrine (Vizina) LeClaire. He graduated from Baraga High School.

Ray served in the US Army during WWII.

He had worked as a heavy equipment operator for CCI, retiring in 1987.

On December 3, 1955, he married his wife, Jean Jaykka in Baraga. She preceded him in death August 15, 2000. On February 14, 2004, Ray married the former Ruth Ann Lundy at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in L’Anse.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in L’Anse and the Knights of Columbus. Ray was an avid dancer and enjoyed playing golf.

Mr. LeClaire is survived by his loving wife, Ruth; children, Dennis (Cynthia) Lundy of L’Anse, Robert John Lundy of L’Anse and Debbie (Ronald) Niemela of Vulcan, Mich.; grandchildren, Sherry, Dennis Alan, Mathew, Robbie Lynn and Brooke; great-grandchildren, Lisa, Kyle, Noah, Jassmine, Sydney, Nicklas, Nolan and Elizabeth; sister, Lucille (Wesley) Dollar of Marquette; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jean; two sons; a daughter; four brothers; three sisters.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, July 15 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in L’Anse with Fr. Corey Litzner as celebrant.

The family greeted friends on Sunday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel where a parish prayer service was held at 7:30. Interment will take place in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery.

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The Reid Funeral Service and Chapel in L’Anse has been entrusted with arrangements.