Mr. Raymond Thomas Sunie

Raymond Thomas Sunie, age 71, of Hamilton, Alabama, passed away Monday, June 1, 2009 at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Mississippi.

Visitation, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at the Marion County Funeral Home in Hamilton, Alabama. Funeral service, 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 4, 2009 at the Hamilton United Methodist Church. Bro. Mac Buttram officiating. A second funeral service, Trinity Lutheran Church, Ironwood, MI. Burial, June 8, 2009, in Riverside Cemetery, Ironwood, Michigan. with full military honors, the Rev. Wes "Bo" Baumeister, officiating.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Iola (Jensen) Sunie; 5 children, Steven Goranson, Florence, AL, Stephanie Novak, Richfield, MN., Wayne (Brooke) Goranson, San Ramon, Costa Rica, Debra (Dan) Nance, Round Rock, TX., and Wendy Jo Goranson, Lake Mills, Ind.; grandchildren, Felix Novak, Nicole Novak, Marillyn (Jon) Beard, Adam (Christine) Boley, Jessie (Richard) Jackson, Eric (Rachel) Goranson, Vanessa (Curran) Sheldon and Jasmin Dirksen; great-grandchildren, Brianna and Drake Boley, Levi and Gabriel Sheldon, Kyle and Keira Goranson, and Naomi and Tabitha Beard; 1 brother, William Sunie, Ashland, WI.; 1 sister, Eleanor (Jim) Meunier, Ironwood, MI.; 2 sisters-in-law, Phyllis Sunie and Wanda Bredeson; 1 brother-in-law, Dean Jensen; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by 1 brother, Earnest Sunie; 5 sisters-in-law, Beverly Sunie, Beverly Jensen, Stella Jensen, Marian Jensen, and Marvis Jensen; and 5 brothers-in-law, Wayne Jensen, Junior Jensen, Cecil Jensen, Jerry Jensen, and Don Bredeson.

Raymond Sunie was born September 17, 1937, to the late Sven and Ellen (Erickson) Sunie in Ironwood, Michigan, graduating from Wright High School in 1955. Ray was drafted into the Army, serving with the 82nd Airborne during the Vietnam era from 1962-1964. After his return from the service, he married Iola at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ironwood, Michigan, October 15, 1966. Ray became an instant stepfather to five children ages six to 10, that he helped raise as his own.

Ray continued to work while earning his masters in business degree by attending classes at MTU over four summers. After receiving his MBA, he was hired by Federal-Mogul (now NTN-Bower) in Hamilton, Alabama in 1978, where he worked as a successful and innovative engineer until his retirement from NTN-Bower in 1999. Ray was a perfectionist in everything he did, and always did his best to get things done right. He had several inventions that increased plant efficiency and company profits.

Ray was an avid golfer his whole life and was a member of Pikeville Country Club in Hamilton. He won several tournaments and club championships and also had two “holes in one” during his playing years. He also enjoyed music of many types and attended live performances whenever possible. Ray also enjoyed bowling, playing slots, trading stocks, and traveling. He was a supporter of the local school sports, especially basketball and football. He and Iola loved to travel and much of that travel was to visit friends and family all over the country.

Marion County Funeral Home, Hamilton, AL, assisted the family.