Raymond E. Mann went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus, on Wednesday, June 26 after a years long, on and off again battle with colon cancer. He was 86. Ray was born on Jan. 21, 1933, to Walter and Ruth (Towne) Mann, in Miles City. Later the family would move to Victor where he completed his education and graduated from Victor High School in 1950.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1953-55, completing Basic Training at Ft. Lewis, Washington, and later becoming a clerk at the Regimental Headquarters at Ft. Benning, Georgia.
He attended and graduated from Northwest Nazarene College, in Nampa, Idaho, in 1959 with a degree in education. It was while he was in college that he met Loree Sanders. They fell in love and were married on Dec. 21, 1957, in Kennewick, Washington. They would be married for over 58 years until she passed in April 2016.
For the first couple of years of their marriage, during the summers, Ray and Loree would work for the U.S. Forest Service in lookout towers.
Ray and Loree would be blessed with three children: Marjorie, Prescott and Holly. A twin, Preston, died prematurely a few days after birth.
In 1963 he began working for the Rocky Mountain Civil Service Lab as a lab technician to look for cure for Rocky Mountain Spotted Tick Fever. He work there for just over 33 years until he retired in 1996.
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Ray was a long time member of the Mountainview Wesleyan Church. He taught adult Sunday School for over 30 years and was a former board member.
Ray’s favorite hobby was wood-working in his basement shop. He made several bedside cabinets, a silverware chest, a grandfather clock, picture frames, shop benches and tool cabinets. He also built the deck on their home. He was also a big time Seattle Mariners fan.
Ray is preceded in death by: his wife, Loree; parents, Walter and Ruth Mann; brothers, Firman and Gordon.
He is survived by: children, Marjorie Blackwill (Curt), Lewiston, Idaho; Prescott Mann (Linda), Salem, Oregon; and Holly Lewis (Mike), Sierra Vista, Arizona; sister, Beryl Mann of Hamilton. He is also survived by eight grandchildren: Ashley Lewis, Austin, Texas; Brittany Blackwill, Lewiston, Idaho; Allison KIng (Jack), Portland, Oregon; Aaron Blackwill (Katie), Meridian, Idaho; Ryan Lewis, Seattle, Washington.; Preston Mann, Salem, Oregon; Lauren Mann, Salem, Oregon; and Miranda Mann, Seattle, Washington.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 20 at 9:30 a.m. at the Victor Cemetary. A celebration of life service will follow at 11 a.m. at the Mountainview Wesleyan Church in Hamilton.