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Raymond C. Bradshaw

Ray passed away Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at his home in Plainwell.

He was born December 4, 1942 in Hamilton, the son of John and Vernice (Thomas) Bradshaw. Ray proudly served his country in the U.S. Naval Reserves. He was a truck driver for Country Fresh Dairy and member of the Teamsters for over 15 years until his retirement in 2001.

In his free time he enjoyed restoring classic cars, going to car shows and the cruise in nights at Dean’s Ice Cream and as a young man liked building and driving demolition derby cars. On November 30, 1974 at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Kalamazoo he married Sherry Parmelee who survives.

Also surviving are his son, Raymond Bradshaw Jr. of Otsego, his siblings, Jim Bradshaw of Illinois and Nancy Landon of Portage along with several nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may visit with Ray’s family starting at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at the Orangeville Baptist Church until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Merlyn Jones officiating.

Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell.

In accordance with covid -19 guidelines capacity limits, masks and social distancing will be required.

Memorial contributions in memory of Ray may be made to the Otsego VFW Post #3030.

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Jeff Hoover

December 16, 2020 at 1:29 pm

I can not put in to words how sorry I am for your families loss, he was a great man, I always loved talking to him. The family will be in my prayers. Just think of the derby car he is driving now!


Paul Mathis

December 16, 2020 at 7:59 pm

Very sorry too hear of Rays passing . We spent a lot of time together at Car shows an cruse in . Ray had many friends i the car community , And will be missed . I will say just as i have said to Ray If you get there first (Save me a place,) R.IP. ol friend,


Paul Mathis

December 16, 2020 at 8:03 pm

Sorry for your loss, our prayers are with you in this time of need


Shauna Hooson

December 16, 2020 at 11:24 pm

Family is unique… ours is no exception!! I have so many memories but the one I love the most is my dad, Ray and the rest of the greats is just one more memory that makes me smile!!


Gary and Phyllis Lattin

December 17, 2020 at 5:45 am

Sherry and Ray Jr., we’re saddened to hear that Ray has passed away. May our Lord grant you comfort during this time. He was a special friend and we will miss him.


Terri Newman

December 17, 2020 at 8:24 am

Sherry and Raymond,

May fond memories bring you comfort, the courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.


Harry B.

December 17, 2020 at 3:20 pm

So sorry for your loss,may Ray rest in peace and fly with the angles in heaven,may god be with you C/F HARRY!



December 17, 2020 at 5:51 pm

To Rays Wife Sherry and son Raymond, My husband Dan has enjoyed so many memorable times with Ray at several different car shows. And he was always a joy to be around and loved talking cars. He had one hot “Teen Angel”. Ray will be missed by many and Dan and I want to extend our Deepest and Most Sincere Sympathy to his entire family and his many friends. May you RIP from now into forever Raymond


Laura Foster

December 17, 2020 at 9:39 pm

Ray was a very wonderful person and will be greatly missed by so many in the community for starters but he undoubtedly touched lives throughout the state, and far beyond. Hard working and jovial and straight-shooting, he was a pleasure to talk to. My condolences and prayers to you, the family of this incredible person who brightened all of our lives in his own unique ways.


Barbed Wire Barb

December 19, 2020 at 11:25 pm

I was saddened to hear of Rays passing. He had asked how I was doing not two weeks ago and was looking forward to me pouring him a cup a decaf when this was over

He was one of the most giving kindest men I’ve served


Mike Mulligan and Pat

December 24, 2020 at 10:58 am

Glad to have had you as a friend Ray, you will be deeply missed by me and many others.


Michelle Davis

December 26, 2020 at 7:54 pm

Sherry and Ray jr.

I was sorry to hear about the passing of Ray. He was the kindest loving man I have ever meant. He will be missed by so many.


Irene Bourdo

January 2, 2021 at 4:33 pm

We send our love and prayers to the family trust that you will experience God’s comfort

Frank and Irene Bourdo


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