Stanley Eugene Ray

September 8, 1966 ~ July 17, 2023 (age 56) 56 Years Old

Stanley Ray Obituary

Stanley Eugene Ray, a man who could light up any room with his infectious laughter and charismatic charm, passed away peacefully on July 17, 2023, in Holland, MI. Stanley was born on September 8, 1966, in Michigan City, IN, to Eugene Ray and Rosa I. (Guess) Ray.

Stanley embraced the world with an open heart and a jovial spirit that could make anyone crack a smile, even on their darkest days.

Stanley was a man of many talents, but he was best known for his comedic genius. He had a skill for making people chuckle, with a sense of humor as sharp as a tack and as refreshing as a cold lemonade on a hot summer day. His jokes, often delivered with a twinkle in his eye and a mischievous grin, were the highlight of any gathering.

He attended Michigan City Area Schools and went on to Universal Technical Institute to major in Auto Diesel. He honed his quick wit and ability to turn any situation into a reason for laughter. Stanley then found his calling in carpentry, where his creativity shone through. He could turn a simple piece of wood into a masterpiece, much like the way he could turn a common conversation into a comedic performance.

Stanley loved barbecuing, often claiming that his ribs could make a vegetarian reconsider. He enjoyed fishing, where he would often regale his fellow anglers with tales that were equal parts truth, exaggeration, and pure hilarity. Dancing was another of Stanley's passions, and he could cut a rug with the best of them. Music was the beat to which Stanley danced through life, and he was always ready for a game of cards, where his poker face was just as entertaining as his jokes.

Stanley was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene Ray and Rosa I. (Guess) Ray, his sisters, Rhonda Estes and Eugenia "Pearl" Ray, and his brothers, Leonard Kiner and Rolland Estes. However, his legacy will continue to shine brightly in the lives of his surviving family. His two sons, Dante' Ray and Darrien Ray, will carry on his love for life and laughter. His twin brother, Deacon Steven Ray, and special brother, Robert "Duke" Smith, will forever remember the joy he brought into their lives. His special friend, Denise Mitchell, will cherish the memories of laughter and love shared. Stanley's grandchildren, Tae'Jiona Ray, Lashawna Williams, Jakyla Williams, Dante Williams, Sa'Riha Williams, Nialah Williams, Da'Niyah Williams and Mecca Williams and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and buddies will remember him as the man who could bring joy to any occasion.

Stanley was not just funny, but he was also creative and friendly. His creativity was evident in his carpentry, where he could transform simple materials into something beautiful and unique. His friendly nature made him a favorite among his friends and family, and his presence often meant that there was laughter in the air.

Stanley Eugene Ray was the life of the party, a beacon of joy, and a man who could make the world a little brighter with his humor. He will be deeply missed, but his spirit will live on, making us laugh and reminding us to enjoy every moment of our lives.


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