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Raymond “Ray” Cain, Jr. was a devoted and loving son, husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend. He was born on December 11, 1950, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to the late Thelma Lee Johnson and Raymond Cain. He was the youngest of three brothers born to this union. The eldest is Joseph L. and the middle was Wilbert E. He transitioned to eternal life on Thursday, December 27, 2018, at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, in Muncie, Indiana.
At the age of 19, Raymond, moved to Pontiac, Michigan, joining his two brothers, Joseph and Wilbert, and other family members. His beloved cousin, Gerri Lewis, took him every day, for several months, to apply for a job at General Motors. Each day, they were told that the plant was not hiring. When job openings became available, they were the first to be hired. Raymond, later, relocated to GM plants in California, and subsequently Indiana. Raymond was a stickler for time. The assembly line of GM vehicles was “just in time.” However, Raymond’s coworkers and friends knew he was reliable and, always, ahead of time, operating on clock (not event) time. He retired from the Fort Wayne, Indiana General Motors plant, after thirty years and four months.
Raymond was an avid and accomplished bowler. It was in the bowling alley where he first met his future wife, Dr. Ruby, in 1993. His brother, Wilbert, introduced them to each other at Plaza Bowl in San Diego, CA. They were married on September 14, 1994 in Las Vegas, NV, and, along with daughter, Lamaiya, relocated to Fort Wayne, IN for his job at the General Motors plant. They continued to bowl and traveled, nationally, for tournaments. He was also an accomplished pool tournament player and participated in traveling leagues in Fort Wayne, IN. He enjoyed watching sports and commentary (First Take with Stephen A. Smith) on TV. His favorite professional teams were the Oakland Raiders and the Los Angeles Lakers. Some of his favorite athletes to watch were Tiger Woods and the Williams’ Sisters. He loved to fish, clean, and cook bluegills.
He and his wife were active members of the A. Philip Randolph Institute Fort Wayne Branch, where he served as Trustee from 2005 until his death. He was a loyal UAW union member and active UAW Local 2209 Retirees Chapter member in Fort Wayne, IN.
Raymond leaves to cherish his precious memory, his wife, Dr. Ruby Cain of Muncie, IN; daughter, Lamaiya Lancaster of Grayslake, IL; brother, Joseph L. Cain (Karen) of Pontiac, MI; step-sister, Goldie K. Darensbourg of Baton Rouge, LA; niece, Toni L. Cain of Baton Rouge, LA; niece, Dr. Heather L. Hunter (Dr. Adrian) of Montclair, VA; nephew, Joseph A. Cain of Pontiac, MI; sister-in-law, Constance Story of Newburgh, IN, and a host of cousins, family members and friends.
Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, Thelma Lee Johnson and Raymond Cain, and his brother Wilbert E. Cain.
Burial in Beech Grove Cemetery