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SHELBY Raymond J. Stimps, 94, of Shelby, an inventor and radio repair technician, died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002, at a Shelby care center.

Memorial services were scheduled for 11 a.m. today at the Whitted Funeral Chapel with burial of ashes in the Mountain View Cemetery.

Ray was born March 12, 1908, at Havre, where he grew up, graduated from high school and attended college for two years. Ray moved to Shelby in the 1920s, where he owned and operated a radio repair business until his retirement in the 1980s.

He married Mildred L. Sauby on April 3, 1935, at Great Falls. She died Sept. 9, 1991.

Along with his business, he was an avid researcher and an inventor. He received many awards for

his inventions, such as the retractable car radio antenna and the over-the-top car antenna. He was also responsible for the first 32-volt farm appliances to be run by a windmill.

Ray served as an emergency ham radio operator on the home front during World War II and remained active in ham radio for many years.

He was also a 36-year member of the Toole County Search and rescue, an organization of which he was very proud.

He is survived by a niece, Windy Morgan of Jacksonville, Fla., and many friends.

Memorials may be given to the Toole County Search and Rescue.


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