Ray M. Chambers

East Tawas, Michigan
March 22, 1932 - July 15, 2020

Service Location

Tawas Area Presbyterian Church


A memorial service will be held in the fall.

Obituary Notice

Ray M. Chambers

Age 88, of East Tawas, Michigan former long time resident of Haslett, Michigan passed away peacefully under the loving care of his wife, family and hospice. He was born the son of Ray and Mary (Maki) Chambers on March 22, 1932 in Lansing, Michigan. Ray graduated from Haslett High School. In 1951 he married Doris Carpenter and together they raised two children, Dorae and Brian. Ray proudly served stateside during the Korean war with the ARMY from 1952 – 1954. He worked for the Martin Block Corporation before and after his military career and later became Equipment Foreman for four counties for the Michigan Department of Transportation in Lansing. Following the death of Doris, he married Janice Pestrue in 2000 and together they shared 20 wonderful years! Ray was an active member and deacon of the Tawas Area Presbyterian Church. He worked for many years on Habitat for Humanity Homes in Iosco and Saginaw Counties. Ray had many mechanical and building skills which he gladly shared with family and friends. He enjoyed fishing and traveling, especially in the various motorhomes he owned. Ray leaves behind his wife Janice, son Brian (Joy) ; grandchildren; Jami, Alan (Jenny) Derry, Jennifer (Aaron Nim) Derry; 3 great grandchildren Nicholas, Kayla and Caleb; 1 sister Joyce (Jim) Mitchell; 3 brothers; Duane Chambers, Jim (Sandy) Chambers and Jack Chambers. Ray was preceded in death by his parents, brother Eddie, wife Doris, and his daughter Dorae Chambers – Derry. A memorial service will be held in the fall at the Tawas Area Presbyterian Church. Memorials may be made in Ray’s memory to the church. Condolences may be shared at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com


Tawas Area Presbyterian Church
2095 East US 23
East Tawas, Michigan 48730


Our deepest sympathy to Pastor Jan Chambers and family, on the passing of her husband, Ray Chambers. May God grant you peace during this very difficult time. Ray will always be remembered as a quiet gentleman who was a pillar of the Tawas Area Presbyterian Church. Rest in peace dear friend.
— Shirley and Phil MacLeod
Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
— Elizabeth Roy
We convey our deepest sympathies. He will be remember as the quiet man, but so very pleasant. Our thoughts and prayers to help you through this difficult time. In fellowship, Rosemary and Roy Packard
— Rosemary Packard
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
— Tom and Nancy Cundiff
Blessings on Ray's Transition and to you all, Jan, kids, grandkids, great grands, Peace in knowing such a great guy.
— Lyn Behnke
My condolences. Certainly enjoyed working with Ray on Habitat committees. Blessings to Jan.
— Ele Hunt
Barb and I were indeed saddened to hear of Ray's passing from the Church Militant to the Church Triumphant. We remember Ray as a soft spoken, but strong man who dearly loved his wife. Our deepest sympathies to Jan and his family. May God comfort you during these difficult times. Blessings, Barb and Dan Groom
— Barb and Dan Groom
Sorry for your loss Jan. My prayers will be with you and your family. Lou Diechman Countryside.
— Lou Diechman
Jan, Words don't come easy at time, we've talked about You and Ray. We know how he suffering, now he can rest in Peace. God Bless you and your Family, especially Jack.
— Dale and Lue Verran
I am so saddened to hear of Ray's passing. He will always be remembered as a kind, quiet and loving man. Lyle always enjoyed working with him on various projects albeit, the church or Habitat for Humanity. His quiet presence will be missed. My love, hugs and prayers go out to Jan and all of Ray's family during this very difficult time.
— Sharon E. Passmore
The brothers and sister called him Bud. Was the greatest brother anyone could ask for.I had a great time any time i was with him. He loved to fish. He taught me about salmon fishing. We had a ball fly fishing. Going across fields in his Bronco had to use a seat belt or you would hit the roof. he sure loved that car. We did a lot together. Well God got a wonderful man. I loved him very much. Well sure miss him. Thanks to Jan she stud by him love too.
— jim chambers
Dear Jan, so very sorry for your loss. Wishing you and all who loved him, peace.
— Amy (Gould) Ingraham
I'm sorry to hear of Roy's passing and extend my condolences to you and the family. Wishing you peace and love at this time. Rosemary Hill
— Rosemary Hill
Dearest Jan,
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Ray and so glad that you were able to spend the last several years together. My prayers are with you and both families during these difficult times.
Beverly Sinasac
— Beverly Sinasac
Sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in our prayers during this difficult time.

John and CJ Brummeler
— John Brummeler
Jan, I was so sorry to read of Ray’s death. The world lost a kind, loving man. Bob loved working on the Habitat houses with Ray who taught him much about construction. Mourning isn’t easy - cry when you feel like it. I think it helps. Love from Dorothy Wells
— Dorothy Wells
We just found out about Ray's passing. We extend our deepest sympathy to Jan and the rest of the family. Fond memories of working with Ray during our years serving TAPC. Many blessings - Rick & Patty Vogeley
— Rick and Patty Vogeley
We offer you and your family our deepest sympathy in the passing of Ray.
He was a gracious and caring gentleman who led by example, and serving with
him at TAPC was a privilege.
— Ed and Susan Davis
Jan, Jo and I are so sorry to hear of Ray's passing, may the grace of god embrace you at this time
— Darren Woodke
Jan, sure enjoyed talking with you today. Ray was a true gentleman and I really enjoyed his friendship at TAPC. He will be truly missed.
— Mike crain
Ray was truly a gentleman and I really enjoyed his friendship and loved trading stories with him. He will be sorely missed. I pray the Lord will hold your hand in the journey to come. I really enjoyed talking with you the other day.
— michael g. crain
My Darling Jan~ I am holding you in my heart. Let people look after you the way you have always looked out for others. Save cards you receive so you can reread when you need to. Yours was a glorious love story. Be well my dove! Love & Kisses
— Dana Woodke Cooper

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