Michael Ray Loy, 54, of Marathon left this life unexpectedly to be with Jesus Sunday, October 17, 2021, at home with his family present.
Michael was born on September 29, 1967, to Charles and Nancy (Graveen) Loy. He attended Marathon Elementary school and worked at Wisconsin Valley Workshop for a short time. His caregivers were his parents and family members.
He learned about Jesus from his mom at an early age and knew Jesus well. He always said he wanted to someday be with Jesus and help him turn on the rain.
Michael loved gospel music, anything with Jesus’ name in it; Jesus Love Me and Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head were his two favorite songs. He liked taking car rides with his mom and dad. He loved trains and even took a ride on a locomotive in Laona, WI with his dad. He also went on several planes rides with his dad. He admired horses and talked about them often. He always said he wanted one.
He enjoyed coloring, playing cards, watching the Flintstones, Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, the Price is Right, and gospel music TV programs. He liked to have company and would light up with a great big smile, greet you with a strong handshake and a loud, “Come on in!” He would say goodbye with that same great big smile and a loud, “You better get going!” or “Call me when you get there!”
Michael liked everyone. Anyone he met he would always say, “I like you!” He had the biggest heart and was always happy. You would have known when he wasn’t happy with his choice of words. He was loved beyond measures by his family. He will be missed more than words can say and he’ll forever remain in our hearts.
Surviving, in addition to his father Charles, sister, Pamela (Tony) Doan; brothers, Kirk (Viveca Ornelas) Loy, and Barry Loy; five nieces and nephews, Heidi (Dan) Huebner, Jessica (James) Pestka, Trevor (Brittney) Burger, Amanda Loy, and Benjamin Loy; twelve great-nieces and nephews, Joelle, Cameron, Dylan, Bentley, Riley, Jordan, Marah, Jase, Holden, Everlee, Amelia, and Ava; along with many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Michael was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy (Graveen) Loy.
Surviving, in addition to are step-nieces Elizabeth, Carolyn and Rebecca Doan. Aunts and Uncles Bettye Beilke, Geraldine Loy, Raymond (Virjean) Loy, William (Patricia) Loy, Margie Barton, Mary (Clarence) Jaecks, Bonnie Graveen and many cousins.
Michael was also preceded in death by paternal grandparents Bruno & Senta Loy, step-grandfather Julius Kohler. Maternal grandparents Arthur and Arline Graveen. Aunts and Uncles Marjorie and Neil Archie, Carol and Willard Zastrow, DuWayne Graveen, Darlo and John Akey, Robert Loy, James Loy, Stanley Beilke, Nancy and Vernon Krueger, Al Barton, Marvin Michlig and Allen and Shirley Wilde. Cousins, Kevin Loy, Rick Graveen, Matt Zastrow & Brian Loy
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”. John 3:16
A visitation will be held at Helke’s Funeral Home, 302 Spruce Street, Wausau, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Thursday, October 28, 2021. A celebration of Michael’s Life will follow at 3:00 p.m. Burial will follow in Stettin Christian Cemetery in the town of Stettin.