Wayne J. “Lefty” Raymond of Sand Point, formerly of Caro, age 86, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at his home. Lefty was born October 11, 1935 in Caro, the son of the late Milford and Ethel (Schmidt) Raymond. He graduated from Caro High School with the class of 1953 where he played and lettered in every sport. Following his graduation, he attended Bay City Business College, enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and even sought a career with the Detroit Tigers. Instead, he returned to Caro to purchase his father’s tire business, Raymond Service that he operated for over twenty-five years. Lefty also owned and operated the self-serve car wash on the corner of Frank Street and Mertz Road in Caro. On July 9, 1966, he was united in marriage with Karen Shaver, and the couple has cherished fifty-five loving years together. Lefty was a member of the Indianfields Township Zoning Board and the township’s Board of Review. He was also an enthusiastic participant in several plays with the Thumb Area Center for the Arts where he was always sure to fill a room with his comedic roles. In his spare time, he enjoyed golfing, hunting, and boating. Lefty and Karen moved full time to Sand Point over twenty years ago and enjoyed winters in Fort Myers Beach in Florida. While in Sand Point, he also served on the Caseville Township Board.
Lefty is survived by his wife, Karen Raymond of Sand Point; one daughter and her husband, Nichoel & Justin Wasik of Clarkston; two grandchildren, Nicholas Wasik of Clarkston, Katherine & Nick Mars of Suffolk, Virginia; brother-in-law, James & Monda Shaver of Indiana; many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Lefty was preceded in death by two brothers, Terry and Marsh Raymond.
In keeping with Lefty’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A Memorial Mass was celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at St. Christopher Parish, Sacred Heart Church in Caro with Rev. Christopher Coman officiating. The family was present to receive friends at the Ransford Collon Funeral Home in Caro on Monday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and at the church on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorial contributions to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. The family was assisted with these arrangements by the Ransford Collon Funeral Home of Caro. Friends may share memories, thoughts and prayers online at RansfordCollon.com.