Ray Dean Schneckloth
1947 - 2020

Ray Dean Schneckloth

Ray Dean Schneckloth, 73, went to be with the Lord on Oct. 28, 2020, at 2:28 p.m., due to complications from COVID-19, at Saint Vincent Hospital.

Ray was born in April of 1947, to Edwin A. and Gladys E. Schneckloth, in Billings. He married Mary Schneckloth on Oct. 27, 1980, in Chula Vista, California. Before he married Mary, Ray had three children, Ron, Adam and Hillary, and Mary had one son, David. Together, they had one daughter, Holly Schneckloth.

Ray joined the United States Navy in June of 1965 just after graduating from Billings West High School. After retiring from the United States Navy in 1991 and moving back home to be closer to his parents, he worked for the TradePort Authority and Alternatives Inc. He also worked for Hanser's, where he retired after working there for 16 years. While working at Hanser's, it became more of a family than a place of employment. Ray enjoyed his lunches with the girls, Carol, Julie and Ruth, so that, even after retiring, he still made a point to meet up with them. He was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Post No.117, Billings.

Ray cherished his time with his family, relatives and friends; he held those times close to him. Ray loved fishing and would pack up the car with Mary in tow and they would go for the day to see what he could catch. Ray and Mary loved the church they attended, where they recently renewed their vows on Oct. 29, 2017, during a service with Harvey Bybee. He loved playing music in his band Cedar Ridge that he started and grew into something everyone loved to go and watch at the places he played at around town. He also played his amazing music for many of the retirement communities, where he was loved and cared about.

Ray was preceded in death by his mother and father. Ray is survived his wife Mary; by his one and only brother Roy; and his five children, Ron and his wife Roxann, David and his wife Tracy, Adam, Hillary and Holly. In addition, Ray (Grandpa or Papa) was extremely proud of his eight grandchildren, Kiele, Kali, Mykaela, Kelcie Avery, AJ, and Danika and Roman. Ray is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins, as well as many friends that he even considered family. He loved everyone and always made it a point to tell you and keep contact with you. He was such an amazing husband, father, papa, brother, uncle and cousin. He was very much into his family history and was always happy to learn something new about his family. Dad, we love and miss you so much.

Since we are currently in these times of COVID-19, we will not be having a funeral. In the summer of 2021, we will have a large 'Celebration of Life,' where all the family and friends can gather and talk about their thoughts and memories of Ray.

Memorials may be sent to the American Legion Auxiliary, Post #117, PO Box 866, Billings, MT 59103.

Condolences may be made at www.michelottisawyers.com.

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Published by Billings Gazette on Jan. 5, 2021.
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Served with Ray on USS Southerland (DD-743), had some interesting times, 99% all good. Ray was a friendly, yet strong, in his dealings with others. Ray is missed very much. Blessings upon the family.
Ric Wailes
January 16, 2021
Rest in Peace old friend and Navy compatriot, we now have the watch. All your family and Navy shipmates will and do miss you. It was my pleasure serving with you.
John E Dedon
January 7, 2021
Rest in Peace old friend and Navy compatriot, we now have the watch. All your family and Navy shipmates will and do miss you. It was my pleasure serving with you.
John E Dedon
January 5, 2021
Ray was a wonderful man. I´m so sorry for your loss.
Laura Beckman
January 5, 2021
Just to let you know how much we care and feel your loss. Love Rich and Royleene
Rich Baracker
January 5, 2021
We will miss you cousin Ray You will forever be in our hearts. We appreciate all you did to keep the Schneckloth cousins together and sharing our family history. I was so blessed to be with you as we shared the Lord with your Dad (my uncle Edwin) as he accepted Jesus Christ as his savior. What a wonderful moment. Ray you will never be forgotten. Prayers for comfort for your wonderful family.
Cathy Schneckloth Dawe
January 5, 2021
What a lovely tribute to a guy who sparkled like the stars in the Montana Sky. So sorry about the loss of a childhood friend and a guitar buddy of my brother. Rest in peace Ray! Merry Lee Stout Olson
Merry Lee Olson
January 5, 2021