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Ray T. Birdwell was born July 3, 1938, in Port Townsend and passed peacefully in his sleep on December 14, 2013.
Ray graduated from Port Angeles High School in 1957 and attended Grays Harbor Community College. He and his brother, Cliff, then started Birdwell Brothers Logging.
In 1961, he married the love of his life, Ruth Hunley, in Forks. Their family would follow two years later with Staci (Jeff), Keith (Lorinne), Jill and Ty.
They then moved to Bednesti Lake, Canada, where they owned and ran a resort for four years.
Moving back to Forks, Ray became a Ford dealer. This would continue with multiple stores in Port Angeles, Sequim, Centralia and Astoria, Oregon. They would move to Olympia, Washington, in 1999 to be closer to family.
He loved fishing, hunting, razor clam digging and playing games with his family.
Ray is survived by his wife, Ruth; four children; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother Cliff; sister Lavenia; and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will take place at Evergreen Christian Center 1000 Black Lake Boulevard Southwest, Olympia, on Saturday, February 15, 2014, at 2 p.m.
Please contribute to the Wounded Warriors Project in lieu of flowers, https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Jan. 31, 2014