Raymond James Zuchowski, Sr., 64 years, of Temperance, MI passed away Saturday, April 2, 2016 in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo. He retired from I.B.E.W. Local #8 in 2014. The son of Frank J. and Alfreda E. (Koseski) Zuchowski, Sr. he was born the 13th child of 15 as a twin on August 27, 1951 in Rossford, OH.
Raymond served in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Rota, Spain. During his time in the Navy, Ray was part of the Naval Drill Team. Raymond received the National Defense Medal. He served as Commander of Jude Thaddeus Post #1675 CWV and was a member of the American Legion Post #553. He enjoyed fishing, referring to himself as Mr. Lake Erie, playing horseshoes, gardening and bowling. He was a diehard Michigan State Spartans fan and also loved the Browns and Indians. Ray was the first one there for any family projects. He was a huge family man and has an entire room in the basement dedicated to the Zuchowski’s that he called “”The Zuchowski Room.”” He would never miss a family reunion, holiday party, wedding, or a birthday. The loss of his amazing life is devastating and he will be sadly missed.
He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia A. (Finley); daughter, Jane E. Zuchowski; son, Raymond J. (Laurine) Zuchowski, Jr.; grandson, James Michael Zuchowski and has another grandson on his way; stepsons, Bryan C. (Laura) Gawecki, Michael B. (Rebecca) Gawecki; step-grandchildren, Jakob, Zac, Sofia, Lillian; mother of his children, Barbara Zuchowski; brothers, Frank (Kay), Tom (Diana), Mark (Beverly), David (Lou Ann) Zuchowski; sisters, Marilyn (Larry) Szczublewski, Helene Murphy, Alice (Tom) Badik, Lucille (Ron) Weber, Wanda (Dan) Schick, Christine (Jim) Kopfman, Eva Zuchowski; along with 47 nieces and nephews; and his special dogs, Molly and Keishka.
He was preceded in death by his son, Philip Zuchowski; sister, Constance; brother, John and twin brother, Robert; nephews, David Schick, David Zuchowski and Jason Brinke.
Visitation will be Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in Urbanski’s Bedford Funeral Chapel 8300 Lewis Avenue Temperance, MI. where the funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Resurrection Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by the Lambertville VFW Post 9656.
Online condolences may be shared at www.bedfordfuneralchapel.com .