RAYMOND J. TANIS

Raymond J. Tanis, age 82, of Kindred Hearts in Plymouth, died peacefully on Sunday (January 15, 2017), after a brief stay at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay.

Ray was born on May 16, 1934, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to the late Judd and Gertrude (Allen) Tanis, where he was raised with his brother and two sisters. After graduation from Catholic Central High School, he joined the United States Army and served from 1953 to 1955. Upon leaving the service, Ray attended and graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1964.

Ray’s career accomplishments included working for Honeywell, Inc, supporting the NASA program during the 1960’s and 70’s, as well as designing improved cardio medical devices (pacemakers) for Medtronic in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

During his lifetime, Ray enjoyed playing tennis and the piano, writing poetry, reading, painting, fishing, and camping. When his daughters were young, he loved playing touch football, board games and building snowmen with them. More recently, he loved spending time and playing with his grandchildren. Ray passed on his passion for tennis to his daughters and grandchildren, including granddaughter, Cassandra Nicholson, who played for Plymouth High School for 4 years.

Ray is survived by his three loving daughters: Ann Tanis (Scott Petersen), Cheryl Nicholson (Brad), and Laura Schwarz (Ed). He is also survived by three siblings: Betty Lauretta, Dick Tanis (Sharon), Mary Adloff (Bob); Five grandchildren: Cassandra, Lauren, and Alec Nicholson of Plymouth and Gabrielle and William Schwarz of Woodbury, MN. and by several nieces, nephews and their children.

As per Ray’s wishes, a Celebration of Life family gathering is planned for Memorial Day Weekend in Grand Haven, Michigan, his beloved home state. In lieu of funeral services and memorials, the family suggests planting sunflowers or tulips, Ray’s favorite flowers, in his memory this summer.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit www.suchonfh.com.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Kindred Hearts of Plymouth and Cedar Landing of Elkhart Lake for all their care, comfort and support.


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