Raymond V. Baker, 80, a Stanford rancher and farmer and U.S. Army veteran, died of natural causes on Friday at a Great Falls nursing home.
A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stanford. Cremation will take place under the direction of O'Connor Funeral Home. Burial of cremated remains with military honors are to follow the memorial service in the Stanford Cemetery.
Survivors include his daughters, Joy (Tim) Badertscher of Douglas, Wyo., Marilyn (Jerry) Brown of Great Falls, and Beverly Fabricius of Bozeman; son, Joe Baker of Stanford; sisters, Leona Baker of Casper, Wyo., and Rosalie English of Roy; brothers, Dean (Jerrie) Baker of Lewistown and Gene (Jayne) Griffith of Loganville, Ga.; 13 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce, in May, 2008; brother-in-law, Jim English; a special nephew, Miles Griffith; son-in-law, Craig Fabricius; and his parents.
Ray was born April 6, 1928, in Stanford. He grew up and attended school in Stanford, graduating from Stanford High School in 1947. He attended college at Montana State College in Bozeman. Ray married Joyce English in Lewistown in 1955.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Ray and Joyce shared their lives together farming and ranching in Stanford.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, the Republican Party, American Legion and Montana Farm Bureau Federation.
Ray enjoyed his ranch work with his wife and children. He also enjoyed landscaping, traveling, and shooting gophers. Ray was devoted in his service to Trinity Lutheran Church in Stanford.
Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church, Stanford, MT, 59479.
Family Contact: Joy/Tim Badertscher – (307) 359-8642 or Marilyn – 727-4489