Jan. 18 1933 – May 23, 2013.
On the 23rd of May 2013, Raymond A. Frey, at the age of 80 years, said his final farewell to his family and friends. Ray was the second born child to Amelia Lydia (Phillippi) Frey and John Frey of Kremlin, Mont.
Ray was born Jan. 18, 1933. He attended school in Kremlin, Mont., where he lived and worked at the family farm with his parents until 1951.
In 1952, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and finished basic training in Longview, Texas. Ray was then on active duty as a structural steel rigger in Pacific Theater in the Marshall Islands. He was based in Korea during the Korean conflict and served in three hydrogen bomb tests in 1952, ‘53 and ‘54.
In 1958, Ray began what was to be his career at the farmers’ grain exchange, where he served for 32 years. He loved to work with local farmers and ranchers from all over the area. He built many friendships that lasted him until his last days.
He served four years on the GTA Retirement Board;
ten years on director of the Montana Elevator Association; and two years as president of the Western Montana Elevator Managers Association.
In 1958, Ray joined local Lodge 55 A.M.F.M and was part of the local Vets Club and Eagles.
Raymond married the love of his life, Carole Lynn (Woodard) Frey in 1958. Their life was a journey that led them in many friendships and adventures, including the birth of their daughter Carla Marie Frey (Scott) Streeper, in 1959.
The couple made their home in Havre, Mont. Born to the couple in 1965, was daughter Ronda Ann Frey (Loren) Carlson.
Ray had many hobbies in his 80 years of life. Ranching and farming were in his heart and soul, with many years of owning cattle and two special horses in his lifetime(Joe Dice QH and Snake TB). He was a cowboy at heart. Riding across the land was some of his most valuable memories. He loved to boat, fishing and camping going many places in Montana to catch that big one.
In 1985, he was blessed with a granddaughter, Jennifer Ann, and a grandson, Collin Raymond, in 1992.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers and two sisters. In 1999 he lost his loving wife of 40 years, Carole Lynn Frey, in a tragic car accident.
Services will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 31, at First Lutheran Church. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery.