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January 13, 1960 March 27, 2018
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Obituary for RICKY J. DeBATS

Ricky James DeBats, age 58, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 27, 2018 in McLaren Bay Special Care with his family by his side. He was born to Kenneth H. and the late Nancy K. (Friesorger) DeBats in Bay City on January 13, 1960. Ricky was a firefighter (retired captain) of the Buena Vista Fire Department and the former chief of Blumfield Township Fire Department. He was also a reserve deputy on the Saginaw County Sheriff’s Dive Team. Ricky enjoyed many outdoor activities, especially deer hunting. He loved spending time at the cabin, playing cards with family and friends, and cherished the time he spent with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving, devoted wife of 38 years, Marguerite (Avery), along with two daughters, Melanie (Mike) Poirier of Perry, MI and Valerie (Chris) Champagne of Bay City; five grandchildren, Lizzie, Austin, Colten, Kylie, and Kelsie; his father; sister Debbie (Sam) Butterfield and brother Kenneth (Nancy) DeBats; his goddaughter, Christina (Mark) Howard; as well as one nephew and eleven nieces. He is also survived by his father-in-law, Alfred Avery and three brothers-in-law and their wives, Al (Kim), Douglas (Sheila) and Aaron (Amy) Avery; along with many aunts, uncles, counsins, and friends. In addition to his mother, he was predeceased by his godfather, James (Joan) DeBats, his mother-in-law, Carolyn Avery, and infant niece Haley Avery.

The family would like to give special thanks to McLaren Bay Special Care staff, especially nurses Liza and Jerry for their excellent care and support during this difficult time.

In celebration of Ricky’s life, the family will be gathering Monday, April 9, 2018 at the W. A. Trahan Funeral Chapel, 256 N. Madison at Tenth Street, Bay City, MI. Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Visiting hours are Monday from 2:00 to 8:00 PM with a Firefighters Tribute conducted by Saginaw City Honor Guard beginning at 7:00 PM at the Trahan Chapel.

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2:00 PM 4/9/2018 2:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 4/9/2018 8:00:00 PM
Trahan Funeral Chapel

256 N. Madison Avenue
Bay City, MI 48708

Trahan Funeral Chapel
256 N. Madison Avenue Bay City 48708 MI
United States

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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital


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