Ray Luebs

December 20, 1926 ~ April 8, 2018 (age 91)

Ray Luebs

Bay City, Michigan


Our loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and dear friend passed away Sunday, April 8th, 2018 at the Toni and Trish House in Auburn, Michigan.  Ray was the son of the late Henry and Hilda Luebs and was born December 20, 1926 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Upon completion of high school, Ray joined the US Army and was sent to the Philippines just as World War II was ending and order was being restored in the country.  He was promoted to sergeant and eventually sent to Seoul, Korea where his main responsibility was to transport the General around the city.

After the war, he attended the University of Wisconsin to study Transportation Management and, upon completion of his studies at the U of W, a job in operations with Capitol Airlines brought him to Tri-City Airport where he met his wife, Jeanette.  Ray & Jeanette were united in marriage at Trinity Episcopal Church on February 16th, 1952 and his career was spent as Transportation Manager at Saginaw Transfer and Vice President of Claims at Short Freight Lines.

Ray enjoyed volunteering his time with his sons’ baseball league, as a Superintendent of Sunday School at Trinity Episcopal Church, for Meals on Wheels, and transporting patients to and from their hospital appointments at McLaren Hospital.

Ray’s interests and hobbies included jogging at the YMCA with his dear friend, Bob Sherman, skiing with his friend, Berney Jones, tennis, playing golf, vacations around the country with family, enjoying his backyard roses, squirrels and birds, and his Thursday night card group, Bill, Bruce, Paul, Tom, and Tony.

Surviving are Ray’s wife, Jeanette, and two daughters, Rajean Luebs Shepherd (Stuart) of North Platte, Nebraska; Nancy Luebs of Columbus, Ohio; and two sons, Tom Luebs of Lowell, Michigan; and Mark Luebs of Columbus, Ohio; four grandchildren, Nathan Luebs and Kristie Luebs, Breton (Caitlin) Shepherd and Collin Shepherd. Ray’s great-grandchildren are Mackenzie, Preston, Noah, and Parker.  He is also survived by his twin sister, Ruth Frohmader of Jefferson, Wisconsin and many nieces and nephews.  Ray was welcomed home to Heaven by his parents and two brothers, Harold and Art.

With gratitude, Ray, for the values you taught, the encouragement you gave, the dreams you believed in, your kind, giving, gentle & humorous spirit, and the legacy of love you passed along.  With our thankfulness for the God-given blessing you have been in our lives.  We love you with all our hearts!

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff and volunteers at the Toni & Trish House in Auburn for their loving compassion and care and the many friends who helped with driving to and from his appointments.

A Celebration of Life will take place at 2:00 pm, Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Trinity Episcopal Church, corner of Center & Grant Avenue, Bay City, Michigan.  Friends and family will gather at the church from 1:00 pm until the time of service.  In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Trinity Episcopal Church or the Toni & Trish House in Auburn.

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