Raymond L. Buys, age 89, of Jenison, was called to his heavenly home on Thursday, December 24, 2020. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Phyllis; grandson, Matthew Buys; one brother and two sisters; and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. He will be dearly missed by his children; Gary and Sheila Buys, Doug and Merribeth Buys, Sheryl and Doug Haveman, Jack Buys, Dave and Jean Buys; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Marge Schryer and Liz Poll; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends. Ray valiantly served his country during the Korean War in the U.S. Marines. He was a warm, kind, and loving husband, father and grandfather. Ray was dedicated to his faith in Jesus and served many years on the Twelfth Avenue Christian Reformed Church Council. He loved his family and especially his grandkids. Ray was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, camp and fish. He and Phyllis enjoyed spending winters in Mesa, Arizona. Ray was a faithful employee of Steelcase for over 28 years. He also enjoyed playing horseshoes and has many trophies indicating his prowess with the game. A private funeral service will be held on Tuesday, December 29, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf Funeral Home (Grandville) 4145 Chicago Dr. SW with Rev. James Evenhouse officiating. The service will be live streamed on the funeral home website. The burial will take place at Georgetown Township Cemetery. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Unity Christian Education Foundation.
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January 03, 2021 3:30am
My deepest sympathy to my cousins and your families. I will miss Uncle Ray.
- Sharon DeYoung
January 01, 2021 5:21pm
So sorry for your loss he was such a kind and friendly Godfearing man
- Diane Dykstra
December 29, 2020 3:44pm
I just want to extend my condolences to the family. Many good memories growing up with your Dad,mom and you kids in our neighborhood.
- Mark De Vries
December 29, 2020 10:31am
From my family to yours...We all send our deepest condolences. Praying for comfort, peace & strength for all of you.
- - Gary & Lori Bolthouse & Family
December 29, 2020 7:35am
You have our deepest sympathy and prayers. We will miss Uncle Ray.
- Dale & Sandi Hunt
December 28, 2020 2:46pm
Deepest Sympathy to the Buys family--praying strength, comfort and peace.
Grace and family
- Grace Vander Kooi
December 28, 2020 11:46am
You have been blessed with a good Dad. Every Christmas you will have times of remembering together as families. Blessings. Arnie and shirl
- Arnie and Shirley snoeyink
December 27, 2020 10:33pm
Sheryl & Doug, My condolences to you in the passing of Ray. I'll be keeping you all in my prayers.
- Marianne Donker
December 27, 2020 8:45pm
I have alot of good memorys of Ray way back to childhood. Camping. Visiting as family's and me as the youngest was always put to bed in there bed and I would sneak by the door and watch them play cards. Ray always loved to give hugs before covid 19. Prayers for the family at this difficult time
- Donna Faber
December 26, 2020 10:43pm
So sorry to hear about Uncle Ray. My thoughts and prayers go out to Gary,Doug, Sheryl,Jack,David I still remember going hunting with your Dad, he was the fastest and most accurate of all of us. Very good Christian Man. Rip Uncle Ray.
- Ronald Victory
December 26, 2020 3:28pm
Uncle Ray and that Phil love to visit us especially on their way home from Arizona to michigan. We had many good times together. I have good memories of deer hunting with Uncle Ray. We did more talking than hunting! Pretty good job although they were my aunt and uncle my wife got very very close to them. She loved them and they loved her.
- Wayne Walters
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