Raymond Lee Newmiller passed away April 25 of natural causes at the Pondera Medical Center Extended Care Unit. He was surrounded by his loved ones.
Funeral services will be held on May 6 at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Conrad. Interment will follow in Hillside Cemetery. Pondera Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Ray was born in Sweet Grass on March 31, 1934 to Bill and Ella (Lozing) Newmiller.
Ray graduated from Sunburst in 1952. He married the love of his life Arlene Baldwin on Dec. 12, 1952. The couple lived in Sunburst where Ray worked for Texaco and later transferred for a short time to Anacortes, Wash. They returned to Montana where Ray farmed in the Valier area. Ray was an avid horseman and the family was active in O-Mok-See for several years. Ray enjoyed many years of packing and hunting into the Bob Marshall Wilderness with his father, sons, son-in-law, grandsons and many close friends. He enjoyed watching rodeos and sports.
Ray and Arlene moved to the Bullhead Community in 1967 where they farmed until retiring in 2006 and moved to Conrad.
They enjoyed spending many winters in Arizona with their friends. Ray loved attending any activities of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
They had five children, Doug (Pam), Ken (Lynn), Shellie (Steve Mellinger), Ron (Vicki) and Scott (Denise).
Ray is survived by Arlene his wife of 60 years; their five children; 11 grandchildren, Brandon (Vicky), Cameron (Rachael), Luke, Kyle, Jordan, Kevin (Mickie), LeAnn (Weston), Erica (Dru), Heather (Bryce), Brach, Shanae; five step-grandchildren, Adam, Julie, Jeff, Melissa, Jeff (Dayna); 10 great-grandchildren, Bayleigh, Avery, Bridger, Tori, Davyn, Jordan, Deagan, Hayden, Gage and Samantha; and two step great-grandchildren, Ali and Parker.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, mother in law Esther Robinson, father-in law Ed Baldwin, and numerous aunts and uncles.