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Mr. Raymond J. Stralko

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“Eulogy for Raymond Stralko Ray lived a notable life. It's nearly impossible to think of him without remembering the music he proficiently...Read More »
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“Losing a Dad, so painful. We remember special smiles, good times and lasting love. I'm sorry for your loss, but know your memories of him will be...Read More »
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“Our prayers go out to the family Joe, Marcie and Jackie. I have had the pleasure to have know Ray and dance to so many celebrations I and my dear...Read More »
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“It is never easy to say goodbye to someone we love so much. Knowing that so many were loved and touched by him helps. Even more so, because he lives...Read More »
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Ray on lead alto sax with the Don Warnaar Big Band “I feel fortunate to have played next to Ray for a few years in the Warnaar band. He always remembered me and had a warm smile and handshake whenever...Read More »
34 of 55 | Posted by: Matthew Lintula - Norton Shores, MI

“Jackie I am so sorry for the loss of your father, what a kind loving man. He adored his wife, your mom. He was such a gentle and kind man. Love was...Read More »
35 of 55 | Posted by: Connie Martin - Muskegon, MI

“My Father. You will be missed more then words could ever express. To me , You were the greatest man to ever walk this earth. Rest in peace. Your Son...Read More »
36 of 55 | Posted by: Joel Stralko - Clearwater, FL

“I have great memories of Ray playing his saxophone at Lorrie Ornelas' Labor Day jazz parties and also hearing him recently at the Book Nook. He was a...Read More »
37 of 55 | Posted by: Jean Warren - Whitehall, MI

“So sorry for the loss to your family! I know God had a big smile when he passed thru the pearly gates carrying his saxophone! ”
38 of 55 | Posted by: Steve Pamer - Spring Lake, MI

“Ray will be missed by so many. It was an absolute honor to hear him play and witnessed his profound influence on young musicians that I saw at...Read More »
39 of 55 | Posted by: Joan Warnaar - Plantation, FL

“Such happy memories of Marie and Ray. Our Julie was in grade school and high school with Marcie Jo. Love and prayers, Marjorie Monte Bell. ”
40 of 55 | Posted by: Marjorie Bell - North Muskegon, MI

“So sorry to learn of your loss. He sounds like a fabulous personality who will truly be missed in this world. ”
41 of 55 | Posted by: Donna Esch - Muskegon, MI

“Although I did not have the honor of meeting Ray in person, I am close friends with his daughter Jacie. Because of the awesome and kind person she is...Read More »
42 of 55 | Posted by: Sharon Peeples - Longmont, CO

“So sorry Jackie to hear of the passing of your dad. ”
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“I consider it a rare privilege to have known Ray. He was ever friendly, especially to those who shared his love of music ”
44 of 55 | Posted by: Kent Krive - North Muskegon, MI

“We feel lucky and grateful to have had the chance to spend time with Ray. He was truly a gentle soul. He never bragged about his skills and...Read More »
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“Mudgi, Yvonne, and all of Ray's family, you have my deepest sympathy in the loss of such a wonderful man. What a life he had! ”
46 of 55 | Posted by: Diane Renkenberger - Muskegon, MI

“Pop pop will truly be missed by many. Sad to hear of his passing, glad he lived a full life full of love and laughter ”
47 of 55 | Posted by: Cara Stevens - Muskegon, MI

“Marce and family we loved this man and he will be missed ”
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“I wish to extend my sympathies to the Stralko Family. I knew Ray for many years starting in 1973 with both the Bob Warnaar & Larry Bird Big Bands. He...Read More »
49 of 55 | Posted by: Dave Stroebe - Muskegon, MI

“Marce, sorry to see your father passed. I remember him at the Vikings that night a few months ago, laughing and enjoying life. ”
50 of 55 | Posted by: Ray Wirtz - Miskegon, MI

“I'm so sorry to hear of Ray's passing. He and my family go back so many years. Many wonderful stories and memories. My thoughts and prayers are with...Read More »
51 of 55 | Posted by: Victor Bird - Orlando, FL

“Marci and family. May all the fond memories of your father soon heal your saddened hearts. We loved your father as if he was our own. Ray was a...Read More »
52 of 55 | Posted by: Michelle Szot - Jenison, MI

“Thoughts and prayers.. ”
53 of 55 | Posted by: Tanya long - Muskegon, MI

“thoughts and prayers to the whole family, may you have God's light and peace. We'll miss you Uncle Ray. Love Mary Ann and Roger ”
54 of 55 | Posted by: Mary Ann Miller - Rio rancho, NM

“Marce and family so very sorry for your loss. What wonderful full life your dad had and all the amazing things he did and all the lives of so many...Read More »
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Mr. Stralko was born on August 29, 1922 and passed away on Sunday, August 6, 2017.

Mr. Stralko was a resident of Grand Rapids, Michigan at the time of passing.

Rather than getting drafted, Ray enlisted in the United States Navy, hoping to land a job he liked.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, August 12, at 11:00 AM at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 1716 Sixth St. Visitation will be held at The Lee Chapel, 6291 S. Harvey St., (231) 798-1100 from 6-8 PM Friday, August 11. AUG 11. 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM The Lee Chapel 6291 Harvey St. Norton Shores, MI, US, 49444 AUG 12. 11:00 AM St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church 1716 Sixth Street Muskegon, MI, US, 49441 Mass of Christian Burial begins.

He is mostly known for his contributions to the Bob Warnaar Big Band, not only for his musical talents, but for his arrangements and direction.

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