Ray enjoyed the contacts he made in many groups and activities including Vestry committee for St. Mark’s and St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Elks, Kiwanis, American Legion and Al Bedoo Shrine . He enjoyed lunches with his buddies from the G I Patrol and retired Senior High faculty. Ray was an avid fan of football, especially for the “GO BLUE” Michigan Wolverines and the MSU Bobcats “GO CATS”. He was very patriotic, loved to read and had amazing recall for any historical fact. Ray also loved camping, bird hunting, skiing and “show no mercy” Pinochle.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years Bina; his daughters Carol (Doug) Clapper of Billings, Kay (Gordon) Loundagin of Littleton CO; six grandchildren Jason (Stephanie) Clapper, Christina Rae (Tim) Erickson, Kevin Clapper, Nicholas Ray, Lindsay Lessel and Michael Gordon Loundagin; and two great grand children, Stella Rae Erickson and Brianna Marie Clapper, also close nephew Bob (Susan) Solari and their children, Lori and Kurt (Kelly), and niece and nephews of Michigan. Ray was preceeded in death by his parents, his brother, Bill (Ruth) Collins and his sister in law, Florence (Maurice) Solari.
Memorials may be made to the Al Bedoo Shrine Transportation fund, 1125 Broadwater Ave, St. Stephens Church 1241 Crawford Dr. or the Erma Lessel Scholarship Fund at MSU Bozeman, 1501 W. 11th Ave. Bozeman MT 59717.
Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held 10:30A.M., Monday, July 11th at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.