Raymond John Money, 65, of Eatonville, Wash., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, from complications of a fall and a heart attack.
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Ray was born Dec. 29, 1944, to Sandy and Rosemary Money in Havre. He graduated from Cut Bank High School in 1962. Ray honorably served his country in the U.S. Air Force, then returned to Montana where he continued his education in Butte and Helena.
In 1973, he moved to Seattle and took a position with Boeing. Due to his solid understanding of aircraft mechanics and strong work ethic Ray was able to rise through the ranks of the Boeing management team. He received numerous Boeing achievement awards for his skills and leadership. It was at Boeing that he met his wife, Becky Rhodes. They married in 1979 and made their home in Renton, Wash. Ray retired from Boeing in 2001 after 29 years of dedicated service. They moved to Eatonville to be closer to family.
His wife, father and grandparents preceded Ray in death.
Ray is survived by his stepchildren, Dusty (Deanne), Rhonda Nester and Mary (Larry) Cain. They were blessed with nine grandchildren. Ray is also survived by his mother, Rosemary Money; sisters, Sheri Morrow, Sandy (Loren) Hagge, Pat Money; brother, Mike (Peanut's) Money; and uncle, Tom (Alora) Sheridan.
Wherever Ray went, he made friends. Especially close to him were his buddies at the Big Foot Tavern and Eagles Lodge in Eatonville. Bowling, horseracing, Nascar, Reno, and poker friends will always remember Ray's laughter and "laid back demeanor."
Those who knew Ray knew how big his heart truly was and felt blessed by his love and friendship. We all will miss him.
Cremation was by Curnow Funeral Home in Puyallup, Wash. Memorial services in the Eatonville area are pending.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Sept. 8, 2010