Raymond D. Hellowell

February 24, 1947 - March 06, 2019

Raymond D. Hellowell of Cadillac passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at Green Acres with his family by his side. He was 72.

Ray was born February 24, 1947 in Detroit to Verney and Doris (Coltman) Hellowell and they preceded him in death.

Ray graduated from East Detroit High School in 1965 and was later inducted into the athletic hall of fame. He then served in the United States Army. After his time in the service Ray attended Grand Rapids Junior College where he played football. He earned a football scholarship to Adrian College where he was awarded most valuable player. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in education. Ray worked at Cross Machine and Tool in Fraser, Michigan for many years as a machine builder before moving to Cadillac in 1980 to raise his family in Northern Michigan. Once in Cadillac he worked at LaSalle Machine and Tool and later began substitute teaching. He coached football in Manton and taught GED courses at Missaukee County Jail. Ray was an insurance agent for Allstate Insurance for the majority of his career before retiring from Fekete Knaggs & Burr Agency.

He was a sports enthusiast; he enjoyed watching the Lions, Tigers and any University of Michigan game. He was a Chain Gang member for the Cadillac varsity football program for 15 years. Ray enjoyed golfing, skiing, hunting and snowmobiling. He loved spending time with his family traveling and camping. Ray had a generous nature and big heart. He loved to unexpectedly give his loved ones surprises and got great delight in doing so.

He is survived by his children: Brad (Clarissa) Hellowell, Lori Noaker, Lindsay (Eric) Elsholz and their mother, Nancy Hellowell all of Cadillac; grandchildren: Alana, Brooklyn, Cavin, Barron, Henrik, Hadley, Olivia, Parker; a sister, Sharon Manthey and a nephew, Ryan Manthey both of Bloomfield Hills.

Funeral services will be held 3:00 PM Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Peterson Funeral and Cremation Services in Cadillac with Reverend Scott Torkko officiating. Friends may meet the family Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the funeral home. His final resting place will be Haring Township Cemetery in Wexford County.

An online guestbook is available at www.petersonfh.com.

Guest Book

Peter St John & Family - Mar 6th, 2019 5:07 pm

"Thoughts are with you and your family"

Butch Dinkins - Mar 6th, 2019 5:40 pm

"Leatherman , Enjoy your new golf course!! "

Jack Rabun - Mar 6th, 2019 6:00 pm

"Ray was a Great Friend who it was My Very Fortunate Pleasure to have known and spent time with all these years. We did a lot of things together and Golf being one of them. Ray always knew how to make everyone laugh and never realized how much of a comedian he could be. I will sadly Miss Ray always. My thoughts and prayers to his Entire wonderful Family who it’s also My Pleasure to be associated with. Each of YOU are Very Special to Me. Take care and Rest My Good Friend Jack Rabun "

The Ulanski Family - Mar 6th, 2019 8:38 pm

"We keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. We know this is a tough time, but know that he is walking with our Father now. "

Jacki Bailey - Mar 6th, 2019 9:13 pm

"Sorry for your loss. He was a great person. Our thoughts & prayers are with the family. Rest In Peace Ray! You will be missed. Brad, Lori & Lindsay know he will always be watching over you & your children. "

Marie Tabun - Mar 7th, 2019 7:23 am

"RIP dear friend. You always made us smile with your funnies. We will miss you so much. Enjoy the light Ray and keep smiling. Your family will remember you buy the memories you have left them. "

Ann Dovre - Mar 7th, 2019 7:28 am

"RIP Ray my sister Marie and her husband always talked highly of your friendship. Even though I didn’t meet all of your family, your acquaintance was a pleasure meeting you a few times. Bless the Hellowell family. Ann Dovre ——Marie’s twin sister"

Susie Smith - Mar 7th, 2019 10:59 am

"Ray was a wonderful caring person. My thoughts and prayers to his family. He is with our Lord and Savior now, rest in peace."

Mike Walsh - Mar 7th, 2019 1:17 pm

"Brad Lori Lindsay and nancy,had some fun times with you guys on Cecil road my thoughts and prayers are with you. Mike"

Mark & Sue Parent - Mar 7th, 2019 1:47 pm

"Ray will be missed and there will be a void especially for Brad, Lori & Lindsay. There is no one that can replace your dad and now you are flooded with his memories, the last time you spoke to him, the most significant thing he ever said to you, the best fatherly advice he ever gave you, etc. I wish you God's peace and His presence as you go through the grief process. It will not be easy and there is no "easy" button to push. I offer you my favorite Bible verse for your loss: "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalms 34:18 He will be missed by all of those who were fortunate to know him and call him a friend. "

Larry Rospierski - Mar 7th, 2019 2:35 pm

"My wife and I will keep you in our prayers. Ray and I were in a few classes at EDHS and were "friends". I wish we would have kept in touch after high school. If only I had known you moved up here. EDHS 1965"

Maria McLaughlin - Mar 7th, 2019 3:07 pm

"To Raymond's family. So sorry for your loss. Prayers to all Classmate (Maria DeCarlo 1965)"

Jerry Hicks - Mar 7th, 2019 3:50 pm

"My Deepest sympathy to the Hellowell family! Ray was a good friend who mad us all laugh. We will miss him dearly especially on our snowmobile trips, together with the guys! R.I.P. my friend!"

Chuck & Tam Swanberg and family - Mar 7th, 2019 6:24 pm

"Nancy and family, We are so sorry for your loss. It is something that one never gets used to. Praying for peace during this difficult time."

John Papuga - Mar 7th, 2019 9:28 pm

"Classmate and teammate of the Oakwood Jr High Football team. Ray was a great guy and with a great sense of humor. He will be missed by all. God Bless to Ray and family!"

Aimee Danford - Mar 7th, 2019 11:59 pm

"I was so sad to hear- I will miss him. Your family is in my thoughts & prayers. ❤️"

Daniel Olson - Mar 8th, 2019 10:28 am

"Ray Hellowell was my teammate for 3 years on the EDHS wrestling team. We won the EML championship that year. Ray was the heart and soul of our team. Keep him close in mind and heart. He is special. dko"

Tony Armeni - Mar 8th, 2019 1:24 pm

"My condolences to all of Raymond’s Family, friends, and all that had the opportunity to know him. God bless you, Ray "

Rev. Michael Janowski - Mar 8th, 2019 1:35 pm

"My heartfelt prayers and condolences to you Lori and your family at this time of loss. May the Spirit of God bring you His comfort and peace. Please know you are in my prayers. God bless you!✝️ - Fr. Michael Janowski"

Christina Pitts - Mar 8th, 2019 1:39 pm

"High school classmate. I remember Ray as a truly good person and a great athlete. My condolences to the entire family, and wishes for many fond memories to rekindle joy for the gift of Ray. "

Dan Hartley - Mar 8th, 2019 1:48 pm

"Ray was a great guy and will be missed by all his edhs friends "

Dennis Morisette - Mar 8th, 2019 1:48 pm

"Ray was great classmate. We spent many an hour in the balcony bleachers studying for Mr."Franklin Farnsworth Page's" English mid-terms and finals. You will be missed my friend"

Barbara Stevens - Mar 8th, 2019 4:09 pm

"After transferring from an all girls school to EDHS, Ray was one of the first boys I met. He seemed to always have a smile and I always thought of him as a really "good guy." Condolences to his family and all who cared about him. "

Rick Shingledecker - Mar 8th, 2019 7:07 pm

"Ray and I were Jr high classmates and played baseball together for two years. We were high school friends and I am sorry to hear of his passing at such a young age. "

Terrie (Mastej) Stampor - Mar 8th, 2019 8:21 pm

"My respects and condolences to the family. I was in some of Ray's classes in high school and can still remember his smile and personality. He lives on in memory."

Kelly Rees - Mar 9th, 2019 10:02 am

"Our deepest condolence's Brad,Lori,Lindsay and Nancy for your great loss Kelly Rees, Mike & Mark Walsh"

Fred Bolle - Mar 9th, 2019 8:41 pm

""My condolences to the family.Ray and I played football at Oakwood Junior High. His smile and good nature are still carried with me today. "

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