Walter Raymond “Ray” Beecher passed away Friday, June 1, 2012, at the Valle Vista nursing home in Lewistown, Montana. He was born January 27, 1922, in Spokane, Washington, the son of Walter and Jeanette Beecher.
As a child, Ray moved to Sand Springs where his mother was a teacher at several country schools. He enlisted in the army in 1943 and served in Europe until the war was over.
Ray married Mary Green in Lewistown on June 11, 1942. They had three sons, Floyd (Kay) of Billings, MT; Glen of Cohagen; and James (Karen) of Wolf Point.
After returning from the War, Ray started ranching north of Winnett. He then moved to a ranch at Brussett. From there, he moved to a ranch at Cohagen, where he lived for many years, raising sheep, cattle, and horses.
On December 1, 1972, Ray married Marjorie Chapman Hubing in Terry, Mont. They continued to ranch at Cohagen until moving to their “retirement ranch” near Grass Range in 1996. There, they raised black angus cattle and quarter horses.
Ray was well respected for raising working quarter horses; especially blue roans. He was a member of the American Quarter Horse Assn. for almost 50 years. Ray had a good eye for quality in horses and cattle. He took pride in the care of his livestock and the land.
Ray loved to observe wild life. He enjoyed watching them on his ranch from the window of the house or when out in the pasture. He also loved to tell a good story while drinking coffee with friends.
Ray is survived by his wife of 40 years, Marjorie, his three sons and their families. He is also survived by his three step-daughters, Diane, Sharon, and Judy of Spokane, Wash., and their families. He leaves several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11:00 on Monday, June 18, 2012 at Stevenson’s Funeral Home in Miles City. Interment will be held in the Eastern Montana Veteran’s Cemetery in Miles City with full military honors. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Grass Range Ambulance, the Jordan Ambulance or the charity of one’s choice.
Published June 6, 2012