William 'Ray' Kiogima, of Harbor Springs, walked on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from complications of the heart. He was 84.
He was born March 18, 1930 to Augustine & Katherine Kiogima. He was raised in Harbor Springs, he resided there his entire life. Ray's education included early education at Holy Childhood and finally Harbor Springs High School.
In 1960, Ray met the love of his life, Mary Jane Chingwa, and they married November 26, 1966.
Ray was a jack of all trades. Not only did he serve as a finish carpenter and a rock mason, Ray worked at the Andrew J Blackbird Museum. Ray was an avid member of the LTBB community. He served on the Housing Commission for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians since 1996. Besides his family, his greatest joy was preserving & teaching the Odawa Language. Ray was instrumental in getting the Odawa language program started in the Harbor Springs High School, with classes recently becoming available in Petoskey, as well. He authored two Odawa language books and consulted on more.
He was also recognized for his service to the Harbor Springs community, receiving the Citizen of the Year award. He was an avid supporter of the Harbor Spring athletic program and served on the board for Harbor, Inc. What he will be remembered most for is his wonderful smile and quick sense of humor that always kept us in laughter.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mary Jane; two sons, Willis (Beverly) of Harbor Springs, MI, Alan (Renee) of Springfield, IL; two granddaughters, Chandlar, of Wolverine, MI, Jade, of Alanson, MI; four brothers, Augustine (Helen) of Harbor Springs, MI; Robert (Betty) of Proctorville, OH; John, of Union, MI; Duane, of Indian River, MI.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary Ann Schofield; brothers, Leon & Frank.
The Funeral Mass was held Monday, July 28, 2014 at Holy Childhood Church, of Harbor Springs.
Online messages of condolence may be made atstonefuneralhomeinc.com.