Message from Jan and Susan Paulson
November 19, 2016 10:54 AM
It has been a number of months now since Ray's passing. We were honored to spend time with Ray as he and Jean were able to come visit and stay in our home. I am grateful for all those who have posted and shared their experiences and remembrances of this fine man. It is often difficult to blend families as life brings about change in our relationship dynamics, but I am grateful for Ray and his willingness to serve and love a whole new group of folk, especially those young grand and great grandchildren who were blessed to know his kindness and smile for a time. So sorry we could not be there for the services in person and let you know of our gratitude.
Message from Colleen Breinholt
August 24, 2016 4:38 PM
I am so sorry for the loss of your father. It is hard to be separated but it won't be forever. Hope all goes well with arrangements and know that I am thinking of you and praying for you.
Message from Jared L charlton
August 24, 2016 12:16 PM
During the Years of growing up on a farm close by as a young boy my parents divorced. I needed a place to stay for a school year. I learned so much from Ray. He taught me about hard work, A lot about electricity and doing the job right the first time. God was always close to us, if we call upon him when we need his help God will be their for us. I can remember a man that loved his family unconditionally and treated other as his own family as well. During the time I lived on the Ranch Ray treated me as if I was his son and no different. From cutting fire wood to fixing fences and those days doing the things I loved the best riding the cutting horses to bring the cattle in to get ready for auction, taught me so much about working with others like a team. I have to say I got to grow up being friends with namely Cory and his two beautiful daughters Tanya and Debbie. I went to seminary with them every morning wile in high school and learned a lot about the gospel and will be forever grateful for the time I spent with the Lanes for the rest of my life. The lessons that I learned help shaped the ability for me to run a successful business. For Ever Grateful and with a sincere heart I know that Ray will be with Christ. Sincerely Jared Charlton
Message from Rick and vicky young
August 24, 2016 7:02 AM
So sorry for your loss. I didn't know him but I do know you Debbie, so if you are an example of how he lived his life, he must have been a great person. Eternal families are a wonderful blessing, and something to look forward to in the next life to come.
A candle was lit by Hendriks family of
on August 23, 2016 9:05 PM
Message from Cindy and Hubert Hendriks
August 23, 2016 9:03 PM
Uncle Ray was always the first to be there to help me set up our campsite at best lake... Always so kind and always with s smile! I wish I could have watched, as he reached heaven to see him greeted and welcomed by those who have passed before us... He will be sorely missed, but his example will live on through his children and grandchildren. And great grandchildren. I will pray for your family and keep you in my heart!
Message from Doreen Halverson
August 23, 2016 10:55 AM
Raymond was my uncle and a fine example of living a Christ-like life. He was true to his faith and an exemplary servant to mankind. Ray let my husband and I live on his property for 10 years paying minimal rent and helping out with managing his back pastures and irrigation, etc. We learned a lot from being his neighbor, as well as relatives. Ray had a quiet way of going about doing good in the world. He never sought after praise and rarely benefited financially from his good deeds, but I believe that his reward in heaven will show how many lives he touched and spirits he lifted through small acts of kindness. He was not proud, even though he was skilled at many things and knew a lot about running a ranch, and a family. I learned to be more gentle from Ray. I learned to be humble about the things I know and to wait to be asked before jumping in with my advice. I learned that loyalty and compassion go a lot further than popularity and power when it comes to helping people. Ray taught through example, especially towards the end of his life, when he patiently endured years of dependency on others and limited ability to communicate. I am a better person for having known him and I look forward to seeing him again someday.
Message from Kent and Janyce Harrison
August 22, 2016 8:23 PM
Janyce was at Orchard Park off and on during the last two and a half years. While she was there we got to know Raymond. In the dining room when he saw us he would always make his way over to say "Hello" and to grasp our hands. We really grew to love him. Janyce would occasionally give him a hug or a kiss. About a year ago, when Janyce left Orchard Park one time, we put a print in his room--a print of a bird picture that Janyce did. You probably found it; it has her name on it.
When I saw Raymond's obituary in the paper my heart skipped a beat. We won't ever see him again in this life. I showed Janyce the obituary and she recognized him right away, and she said, "He was such a sweet man." That he was. We have dropped in to Orchard Park a time or two since Janyce was last released in July, and we looked for Raymond but we didn't see him. But we can take comfort in renewing our acquaintance with him in the next life. We send our love.