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Joel David Raymond

August 19, 1981 - September 08, 2018



Joel David Raymond of Interlochen passed away unexpectedly on Saturday morning, September 8th in Harbor Beach, Mi. Joel was born on August 19th, 1981 in Traverse City, MI.

Joel grew up in the Harrietta/Mesick area where he loved being on Grampa’s tractor, playing baseball with friends and being a boy. He attended Mesick Schools from kindergarten through 12th grade, graduating in 1999. His baseball skills earned him a scholarship to Albion College but after a year, he decided that his major of computer science would be better served by attending Ferris State so he moved to Big Rapids. Joel graduated from Ferris with his Bachelor’s Degree. He began working for Southern Petroleum Laboratories in Traverse City until the company was purchased and then discontinued a year later. Joel soon found a new job at American Proficiency Institute also in Traverse City where he was happily employed until his passing.

Joel was a great baseball player but he also enjoyed many other outdoor activities but especially loved golf. However, one of Joel’s greatest joys was being with his circle of friends who began their lifelong relationship in preschool. The circle stayed perfectly formed during these past 32 years but did begrudgingly allow a few new members such as wives, girlfriends and the occasional college roommate. It was highly likely that the annual, weekend camping session would out trump even minor family gatherings or else be rescheduled to accommodate a member’s major mandatory event such as getting married or a child’s birthday.

Joel became an instant Dad when he proposed to the woman of his heart, Heather Pheasant and joyously gathered into his life her little girl, Payson and her little boy, Hayden. The new family spent hour after gleeful hour doing projects at Home Depot, playing putt-putt golf, eating monstrous amounts of Moomer’s Ice Cream, conquering the waters at Great Wolf lodge and many other adventures that Joel would spontaneously suggest. Joel was so proud of his kids.

Survivors include the mother he loved so much, Nancy (Craig) Gabier of Mesick; his father, Jesse Raymond of Okemos; his brother, Justin Raymond also of Okemos; grandparents, Betty and Leo Porter of Harrietta; his nephew and niece, Sawyer and Kennedy Ellexson of Bradley, IL and his fiance’, Heather Pheasant of Interlochen and her children, Payson and Hayden. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Elizabeth and Charles Raymond.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 14th, 2018 at the Peterson Funeral & Cremation Services in Cadillac, MI. There will be a visitation from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm followed immediately by the funeral at 3:00 pm officiated by Joel’s friend, Ben Ream. Ben will be allowing time for those who have a story or remembrance of Joel to share it with everyone. Written remembrances are also very much welcomed. A luncheon will follow at the Antioch Hills golf course located 1 mile east of Mesick on M-115.

Contributions came be sent to the family and will be placed into an educational fund for Payson and Hayden. An online guestbook is available at

Guest Book

  • Sharon Ream - Sep 12th, 2018 10:29 am

    "This is a beautiful tribute to Joel. He was like one of my sons. I will miss his many visits to our house and his teasing and bashful smile. I am so very sorry for this loss to our community family!"

  • Cameren M Croel - Sep 12th, 2018 10:52 am

    "Joel, I was shocked and saddened to hear of your passing! I know we had drifted since our elementary days at Mesick, but I still hold fond memories from our time playing on the Farm with Ben, Ryan, and Blake! Godspeed my friend!"

  • Jalene Croel - Sep 12th, 2018 11:53 am

    "I have remembered Joel as a childhood friend of my son, Cameren. He was a young man who will missed by all of for his personality and ambitions of his life and family. We will seriously miss Joel and his love for life, family and friends. RIP,Joel. Many thoughts and prayers for U and your family's loss. The Jalene Croel Family 🙏⚘⚾️🏌️‍♂️⛳👨‍👩‍👧‍👦"

  • Patti Rohr - Sep 12th, 2018 12:05 pm

    "Joel will be missed by me and all who knew him. "

  • Faith Sodeifi - Sep 12th, 2018 2:35 pm

    "As Sharon's sister and Ben's aunt, my thoughts and prayers are with all who knew Joel. I loved hearing the fun stories over the years and know he will be greatly missed by those who loved him."

  • Elizabeth KIndig - Sep 12th, 2018 4:06 pm

    "Nancy & Craig, my heart goes out to you both and Joel's family. Joel sounded like an amazing person; he will truly be missed. I send my love and prayers. ((hugs)), e."

  • Ann and Jason - Sep 12th, 2018 7:57 pm

    "We are so very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. "

  • Rosanna Murphy - Sep 12th, 2018 11:02 pm

    "I am so sorry. My deepest sympathy to Joel's family. I remember him very fondly."

  • Anthony C - Sep 13th, 2018 7:45 pm

    "Love you man. We haven't talked in a minute, but the time we had where exactly how they should of been. God is with you now."

  • Amy - Sep 14th, 2018 1:44 am

    "Joel was such a wonderful man! His heart and his humor will be greatly missed by many. Sending love and prayers to his family. "

  • Amber Whitehouse - Sep 16th, 2018 5:30 pm

    "I remember Joel's kindness most of all. His quiet confidence, laugh, and huge smile. I know many remember him for this and so much more. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone during this time. "

  • Brian Duda - Sep 23rd, 2018 1:50 pm

    "So sorry for the untimely death of your fiance', Joel. I hope 2 Corinthians 1:3,4 will strengthen you to endure your loss. Sincerely, Brian "

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