Raymond Leslie Courage and his wife, Alice E. Courage were laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012 in the presence of family members and close friends.
Ray Courage, born Jan. 12, 1925, passed away May 4, 2012 at the age of 87. His wife, Alice, born June 27, 1931, died April 24, 2004.
With full military honors, their combined ashes were placed in the columbarium. As a combat veteran, Raymond served his country during World War II as an AAF radio operator and mechanic during the Central Pacific, Eastern Mandates, Ryukyus, and Air Offensive Japan battles and campaigns.
Ray was a 24-year resident of Lanark Village. Prior to his retirement and move to Lanark, Ray had been a Detroit newspaperman, investigative reporter and political editor for 11 years. It was his passion for politics that brought him to Washington, DC for the remainder of his professional career, where he worked for both the government and private sector.
He served as an administrative assistant and office manager for two Michigan congressmen, and went on to become the first director of public information of the U.S. Department of Transportation. In the private sector he was the vice president of the Interstate Natural Gas Association, and he went on to become the senior vice president and Washington office manager of a New York public relations firm.
He was a member of the National Press Club since 1969, a visiting lecturer in the George Washington University journalism department, and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign War. Ray proudly wore the maize and blue as a University of Michigan alumni association member.
While in Lanark, Ray was involved with the Franklin County Democratic Committee, Carrabelle Lighthouse Association, Lanark Village Association, Lanark Golf Club, St. James Bay Golf Resort and he was a charter member of the Wildwood Golf Association. He was a member of the Boat Club and Coast Guard Auxiliary. Ray was an active volunteer with many organizations and individuals in the Lanark and Carrabelle community.
Ray’s greatest accomplishment, however, was that of husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by four children, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren; all will miss him terribly.