Raymond J. North

Born: Wed., May 30, 1917
Died: Thu., Dec. 4, 2014


12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Tue., Dec. 09, 2014
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Tue., Dec. 09, 2014
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

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Our beloved "Jack," of Granger, closed his eyes for the last time leaving a life of 97 years well-lived. He passed away Thursday, December 4, 2014, at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center. Jack was born May 30, 1917, in Grayling, Michigan, to the late William V. and Dora (Lake) North. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Janet Joyce North; grandson, Jack North Jr.; two sisters, Martha King and Dorothy North; and one brother, Billy North. On June 26, 1937, in South Bend, Raymond married Lois I. (Hetfield), who survives, along with his daughter, Sandra North Gray of South Bend; son, Jack D. North of Granger; sister, Patricia Clayton of Houston, TX; grandchildren, Bryan C. Stroes (Kimberly) of Wellington, FL, Kathy W. Bova (Ronald), of Naperville, IL, Kimberly A. Stroes, Indianapolis, Michael North of Niles, and Gregg North of South Bend; eleven great-grandchild-ren, six great-great-grandchildren; and multiple nieces and nephews. He was a humble man of strength, dignity, humor and sweetness. He left us heartbroken but better for having known him. His wife Lois of 77 years was the love of his life as he was hers as well. After serving in the Navy as Seaman 2nd class and Helmsman of the SS Megara, LST (The Mighty Meg) during WW ll, he successfully created and ran the Jack North Masonry Company for over 30 years. Jack's great love of animals and the way they gravitated to him, will always be remembered. He had many endeavors, all in which he succeeded. To Jack there was only one way to do anything, and that was to do it right the first time. He was known for his integrity, fair play and generosity to those who needed it, without expecting anything in return. When telling of his life experiences, one could envision a Norman Rockwell painting. His talents were multifaceted and numerous. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Scottish Rite. His wife, children, grandchildren, and numerous friends and family will take comfort in knowing they had once lived in the presence of a great man. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 9th, at Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Rd., with Dr. Robert Morris officiating. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial with military rites will follow at Saint Joseph Valley Memorial Cemetery, Granger. In Jack's memory, contributions may be made to the Humane Society of St. Joseph County, 2506 Grape Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at www.welsheimer.com

Charitable donations may be made in Raymond's memory to the following organization:

Humane Society
2506 Grape Rd., Mishawaka, IN 46545

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Ken Bradford
   Posted Tue December 09, 2014
Jack always managed to make hard work fun when we baled hay for him on his farm on Olive Road. He was a true gentleman.

Sandy henderson
   Posted Tue December 09, 2014
My thought are with you and yours sons. Your dad lived a god and long life.god bless you all. Take care Jack.

Jan, Teddy, and Lexi Stillson
   Posted Wed December 10, 2014
Teddy and Lexi are my dogs. We met Jack when he lived in Georgetown. He had grown the most beautiful flowers in his yard. When I took Teddy and Lexi for a walk by Jacks house he would take his walker as quickly as he could to sit in his lawn chair so that he could visit with them. They loved him as much as he loved them.
Jack and Lois then moved. I took the dogs to see Jack a couple of times at his new home and he really enjoyed our company as we did his. I loved all the stories that Jack shared with me especially the one about the cow that followed him around all the time. I feel so blessed that we were able to know Jack. May God be with all of Jacks family as you grieve and go through this holiday season. I too lost my Dad in December a few years ago. May you find peace in your memories of your beloved.

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