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Raymond Novak

Raymond Michael Novak Jr.

Wednesday, July 9th, 1947 - Friday, February 28th, 2020
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Obituary

Raymond Michael Novak Jr., 72, of Scotts, Michigan, passed away peacefully on February 28, 2020, from complications related to MS.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Berna Lee Novak (Christy), his son, Michael (Paula) Novak and grandson, Eric Novak and his fiancé, Brittany Schulte. Extended family that he also shared his life with, Brian Van Dyke and Ian Van Dyke and their families, Dave (Amy) Eddy and family.
Ray was a United States Air Force disabled veteran. He served his country with integrity first, service before self and excellence in all he did. Ray lived a good life in Scotts, where Berna took excellent care of him and they both enjoyed watching the deer and birds that visited their yard every day.
A memorial service will be held at the Baxter Funeral Service in Battle Creek, on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 11 am.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the National MS Society-Research Fund or the VAMC-Battle Creek, Recreation Therapy services.
Arrangements by the Baxter Funeral and Cremation Service, 375 W. Dickman Road, 269-788-9800, www.baxterfuneral.com
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Service Details

  • Service

    Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Baxter Funeral & Cremation Service
    Address
    375 W. Dickman Road
    BATTLE CREEK, MI 49037
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  • Reception

    Location
    Baxter Funeral & Cremation Service
    Address
    375 W. Dickman Road
    BATTLE CREEK, MI 49037
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Brian McIntyre

Posted at 07:16pm
I probably knew Ray longer than any nonrelative still alive. I lived across the street (Nettles) from him as we were growing up. We attended Springfield elementary, junior high and high school together. I knew his father, mother and their dog, Nugget. I have a lot of very fond memories of Ray. We played Army in the woods next to his house. We built forts and huts in these same woods. We put a black and yellow duct tape racing stripe on his mother’s Studebaker Lark. It was almost impossible to get off and his dad was not happy. We rode our bicycles everywhere. We played Little League. Ray was the catcher and I played second base. Ray was a much better ball player than I was. We smoked cigarettes lifted from his mother. I think of that literally every time I get a physical and answer the question “Do you smoke”. No, I quit when I was 12 or 13. We shot each other with BB guns to see what it felt like. It hurt if the shooter was close. Ray was my assistant mechanic when we converted my sister’s ‘53 Chevy from an automatic transmission to a three speed on the floor while she was away at college. We also painted it red and black. She was really surprised. Ray and I had a lot of fun together growing up.
After graduating high school in 1965 Ray went into the Air Force and I went off to college. I remember he came back from basic training and relayed to me some guidance from a drill instructor; “don’t sweat the small stuff”. I have thought of Ray and that guidance often in my later life. Good words to live by. I also remember him telling me about knocking over a speaker post at a drive-in movie while on a date in Washington State. Ray kept a good perspective on things.
After moving to Pennsylvania, I would visit Ray and Berna when in Springfield for a holiday. I was able to keep up with their lives. We shared trials and tribulations. Ray managed to keep a positive attitude through it all. He was truly a good guy and it was an honor to know him.
Several months ago I found my dad’s home movies of Ray, including the two of us in white sport coats getting ready to go to some dance and also high school graduation. Truly a LOL moment at 72. I will figure out how to get these memories to Berna.

Carolyn Rohm

Posted at 09:03am
Ray, our special friend and neighbor. You fought a long hard battle with Berna right beside you. We will miss you more than we can say yet we hope your are dancing with the stars.
Rest in peace. Rex & Sue
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Lisa Slager

Posted at 09:31am
It was a true pleasure to help and care for Ray while working at the VA medical center, I will cherish all the memories we shared. Ray was a terrific man that will never be forgotten. Ray and Berna were like family members and will always have a special place in my heart. Rest In Peace Ray!

Heather Potter

Posted at 07:37pm
I am so blessed to have known Ray, even if for a short time. I’m going to miss him, his presence, and his sense of humor so much. Thank you, Berna, and Ray, for being my “family away from family.”
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Sandra Thorpe Hough

Posted at 11:01am
Dear Berna, (SiS), I always remember Ray in such a good mood and laughing. You and Ray are amazing, wonderful people. Tim & I send our love and deepest condolences, our hearts hurt for you.
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