Raymond (Ray) J. Haugland passed away of natural causes at age 85 on November 23, 2012 at his home in the Pass Creek area. Ray was born on September 13, 1927 in Glendive to Peder (Pete) and Alma (Anderson) Haugland. Ray's childhood was spent in eastern Montana between Glendive and Wibaux. Elementary school was as held aT Haugland School located just outside of the Pete Haugland ranch yard. One of the teachers was Sybil Thompson, later becoming his stepmother when she married Pete. Ray's mother passed away when he was 10 years old.
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Ray's first non-family job was when he was 14 working for a thrashing crew. After that job he worked for Kemptons dude Ranch south of Terry. Next he worked as a shepherd spending weeks at a time by himself, he used to laugh saying that the boss was supposed to bring him food and water, but sometimes he would have to race the sheep to the next watering hole to get a drink before it was gone.
Ray came to the Gallatin Valley in 1945, he worked for Monforton Herefords, Don Ryen, and HS Stevenson. Before taking over the Accola ranch on June 12, 1955 he married Alice (Tycer) Haugland at the Accola Ranch making that the fifth wedding to take place on the ranch. They raised their two sons (Darrell and Bruce), and were involved in numerous community activities.
Ray was a member of the Army-Air force Reserves for a brief time. He belonged to the Montana Amateur Rodeo Association, he won the Bulldogging title and buckle in 1957 and 1959. He was a member of the Sons of Norway and was a leader of the Pass Creek 4-H Club for 22 years. Ray and Alice took over the Accola Ranch in 1957, where he worked until his final days. Ray and Alice raised beef cattle, hay and grain crops, for those 55 years on the ranch. In 1989 Ray and his brother Bob were the only two cowboys chosen from Gallatin County to be wranglers for the Montana Centennial Cattle Drive. He was involved in the establishment of the Pass Creek Community Center. In 2004 he was awarded the Outstanding Beef Cattleman of the Year by the Gallatin Beef Producers.
He is survived by Alice his wife of 57 years; sons, Darrell (Jackie) and Bruce; grandchildren, Justin, Jenny, Tycer, Dillan, and Abby all of the Gallatin Valley; brother, Ed (Betty) of Oregon; sisters in Law, Arlene Haugland of the Gallatin Valley and Donna Delp (Ballantine).
He was preceded in death by siblings; Clinton, Dorothy, Harry, and Bob.
Memorial services will be held Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 11 a.m. at Grace Bible Church, with a reception following at the Pass Creek Community Center. Private family graveside services will be held. If desired Memorial donations could be made to the Pass Creek Community Center, 598 Moon Beam Lane Belgrade, MT 59714. Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Nov. 25, 2012