Raymond A. Heise, 96 of Central Lake, passed away peacefully on November 18, 2021 at Meadow Brook in Bellaire. Ray was born in Devils Lake, North Dakota on July 21, 1925. Son of Herman and Emma (Huth) Heise. Growing up, Ray worked on a farm with his siblings while surviving the Great Depression. During WWII, at 19, he joined the US Marine Corp. After WWII, Ray moved to Detroit to work at Michigan Central Railway until he was accepted into his dream job as a member of the Detroit Police Department. He retired to Northern Michigan and enjoyed the quiet, small town atmosphere for the remainder of his life.
In his early days in Detroit, he met Dorothy Anselm who would later become his wife. Together, they had five sons. They enjoyed a 68 year marriage until Dorothy’s death in 2016. He was a proud former Marine having won a Bronze Star at the Battle of Iwo Jima where he drove landing tanks on the beach. He was a passionate fisherman and enjoyed travelling the 50 States with Dorothy. Ray was very social and loved to tell stories. He loved his community and was embraced by them. He initiated the construction of a veteran’s memorial celebrating all those who have served their country. The monument was constructed with the generous help of the community. He visited it often and showed it proudly to friends and family. For those who knew him, you will know too that he loved his “Green Bombs.”
Ray is survived by four sons. Bruce of Blairsville, PA; Douglas (Karlene) of Tarpon Springs, FL; Russell of Tarpon Springs, FL; and Kevin (Kim) of Howell, MI. Granddaughters Lisa, Madison; Grandsons Jeff, Scott, Jon and Chris and many great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by Dorothy, Baby Boy Heise, Granddaughter Lisa, his siblings, and close friend Marilyn Stover.
“Another Marine Reporting for Duty at Heaven’s Gate.” Semper Fi and Stand at Ease my Friend, we now have your watch on Earth.
Funeral Services will be on Wednesday, December 1st at 1PM at Hope Lutheran Church in Bellaire, MI. Pastor Wade Seaver will officiate. Military interment will follow at Southern Cemetery in Central Lake Township. Visitation will be on Tuesday, November 30th from 5 to 7PM at the Central Lake Chapel at Mortensen Funeral Home.
Memorial Contributions can be made to the Central Lake AM VETS PO Box 432, Central Lake, MI 49622.
Arrangements have been handled by the Central Lake Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Please sign his online guestbook www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com.