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Raymond Earl LaBrecque
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“Larger than life, Raymond was a man of varied talents and many interests. Aside from that, he was also a sterling example of what a man should be: ...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Jacqueline LaBrecque - Roseville, MI

“Ray was such a positive influence at the Knights of Columbus #7340 council.He will be greatly missed by our council. May he rest in peace in his...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: David Ziskie - Warren, MI

“Dear Polly & family,So sorry to hear of Ray's passing. Our condolences to all of you. Ray was a great person and a good friend.We will be out of...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: John & Mary Satawa - Warren, MI

“Ray's classic cars were jewelry on wheels! After Ray retired I always looked forward to renewing his friendship at the annual Corn Roast. He will be...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: James Panasiewicz - Bakersfield, CA

“Love and prayers to the LaBrecque family. Maybe God Bless all of you always. ”
5 of 8 | Posted by: Sherry Adair - Flint, MI

“Ray was a wonderful father in law. He always greeted me with a warm hug and smile. I will miss him calling me his "Sugar Plum". Rest in peace Mr....Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Cynthia LaBrecuqe - MI - Family

“Ray was a man whose wisdom and memory for detail was legendary. We shared many adventures that typically enabled us to bring home just ONE more old...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Dennis Guza - Moneta, VA

“Thoughts and prayers during this time for the entire LaBrecque family during this time. Ray will be missed by many, as he touched so many lives...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: David Bartkowiak - Wauwatosa, WI


Raymond Earl LaBrecque, age 88 of Warren, died Monday, September 24, 2018 at the Select Specialty Hospital in Mount Clemens, Michigan. He was born June 11, 1930 in Toledo, Ohio, son of the late Raymond and the late Pauline (nee: Florek) LaBrecque.

From an early age, Ray had his sights set on much loftier goals which spurred him on towards the extended education he would ultimately pursue. He definitely fit the bill of what is commonly known as a professional student, having obtained multiple degrees to include a number of Master's Degrees in the process. All of that education helped support Ray's efforts and choice in becoming a Chemical Engineer, a career he enjoyed for many years as an employee with the Chrysler Corporation. With his knowledge and expertise being of great value, Ray was often sought after to share his wisdom and learning with various audiences. So being the student he was, Ray decided he wanted to be as sharp and engaging as possible in his presentations, so he enrolled in a Dale Carnegie course and attended their seminars on a monthly basis.

Aside from his dedication and loyalty to Chrysler as an employee, Ray was also devoted to its products as a Classic Car Buff as well. Along with owning and restoring his own collection over the years, Ray was a proud and devout member of the Walter P. Chrysler Club, the Willy's Overland Club, and the Packard Club,…all of which were gatherings of his fellow car buffs and collector's who enjoyed getting together to swap stories and share the wealth of their knowledge through devotion to the Chrysler line of cars. Ray was also quite adept when it came to working on the chrome that adorned many of the classics. He was so highly regarded that referrals would come from everywhere. If you needed some chrome work done, Ray was your man to call.

Ray will also be remembered for his deep and abiding faith, a relationship with God that he held close to his heart. A longstanding member of St. Sylvester Catholic Church in Warren, Ray was an integral part of many of the church's ministries,…perhaps most profound being his association with the Knights of Columbus. Ray found great satisfaction in joining with his fellow Knight's in their many charitable and community outreaches, as well as enjoying the fraternal kinship they shared together. Ray also enjoyed his leadership role with the church's youth as a Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America troop within the church. Many will also recall the important role he played in the creation of the church's credit union, and his extreme devotion to the Capuchin Retreats he often attended. Needless to say, Ray truly lived out his faith and was a huge influence to many in his walk with God.

A loving husband, father and grandfather, Ray leaves behind a legacy of love to be treasured with each reflection embraced. He left a lasting impression with all in whom he touched, and will forever be remembered for his kindness, humor, and wisdom. He will be missed immensely and loved eternally.

Raymond was the beloved husband of Polly. Dear father of Timothy (Jacqueline) LaBrecque, Douglas LaBrecque, Christopher (Cynthia) LaBrecque, and Erine (Jim) Merlo. Loving grandfather of Keith (Renea) LaBrecque, Jimmy (Kristy Buckner) Merlo, Matthew Merlo, Lisa LaBrecque, and great-grandfather of Emily, Landon, and Colby.

Visitation for Raymond will be held Sunday, September 30th from 3-9 pm at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Road) in Warren.

His Funeral Service will take place on Monday, 10:30 am at the funeral home. Interment will follow at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy, Michigan.

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