Obituary of Raphael "Ray" Grills
Raphael “Ray” Phillip Grills, 74 of Hampton Twp., our loyal and compassionate husband, dad, grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend passed away peacefully on February 3, 2017 at McLaren Bay Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was born on June 17, 1942 to the late Louis and Theresa (Johnroe) Grills. Ray served as a corpsman in the U.S. Navy on the U.S.S. Springfield with overseas tours throughout Europe and the Mediterranean. Ray married the love of his life, Lucy F. Macaione on October 19, 1963. He retired from General Motors - Powertrain in 1983 after 30 years of service and was a proud U.A.W. member. Ray was a dedicated family man and loved life. He enjoyed hunting, skiing, camping, golfing, sailing, and riding his motorcycle. Completing a 26-mile marathon was one of the highlights of his life. Ray was incredibly industrious and active. He remodeled and built several homes and there were few things he could not build or fix. He especially cherished his Thursday night golf league, all his golf buddies, and long-time golf partner, Tony Hages. He is survived by his loving wife Lucy F. Grills and their children: James Grills and Michael (Lisa) Grills of Essexville. Ray is also survived by six grandchildren: Joseph and Landon Grills and Athena, Alex, Olivia and Carly Grills; his sister, Connie Grills; brother, Terry (Diane) Grills, and several in-laws, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Joyce Cavanaugh and brother, Richard Grills. Ray gave the best he had to this life, and any family member or friend are thankful he shared that incredible life with them. The family also sends a special thanks to all the staff at McLaren who cared for Ray. Ray's family will be present to receive visitors on Friday, February 10, 2017 from 2:00 PM until the time of his 6:30 PM Celebration of Life at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 955 N. Pine Rd., Hampton Twp. Friends and family will also gather at a later date to celebrate Ray’s life. This celebration will be publicly announced in the spring. Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy may consider giving in Ray’s name to their local Humane Society or Disabled Veterans Fund. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at www.skorupskis.com.