September 03, 1958 – October 11, 2017
Ray passed away at Community Medical Center in Missoula, Montana. He was diagnosed with a rare form of bladder cancer and fought a tough battle against it, for 10 months.
At 19-years-old, Ray enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served for four years as Security. In those four years, he made rank of Sergeant.
He worked as a roofer for most of his life, until his illness forced him to retire. Ray was a hard worker and always volunteered to offer a hand, to anyone in need.
He enjoyed traveling with his spouse of 29-years, Joann Barron. They enjoyed visiting historical landmarks together. Recently, they went to the Oregon Coast and a month prior to Ray’s passing, visited the East Coast.
Ray had many hobbies. Some include, playing softball, bowling, camping, dancing and watching old westerns and the Pittsburgh Steelers on TV.
Ray took pride in being a grandpa and enjoyed spending time with all of his grandchildren. He had many friends he considered family, a few to be mentioned are Ronnie Holmquist and Andy Jessop. He loved his softball family.
Ray is preceded in death by his infant daughter, Misty Michelle Stuart and father, Larry Ernest Stuart. Survived by mother, Caroline Rall-Mendes; siblings, Ruth Hyatt, Sherryl Burditt, Rodney Stuart, Clyde Trueax and Larry Stuart; spouse, Joann Barron; children, Joshua (Bre) Stuart, Rachel (Josh James) Stuart, Melinda (Chris) Crenshaw-Medlar, Amanda (Jeremy) Young; grandchildren, Shaylynn Stuart, Andrew Olsen, Matthew Young, Brooklyn Czifro, Dalton Medlar and unborn grandson, Dawson Ray Stuart.
A Memorial service will be held Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at 3 p.m., at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 117 Westbridge Rd. Hamilton. Pastor Bill Whitney will be officiating. Military Honors will be presented immediately following the service. A private internment will be held at a later date.
Our family greatly appreciates Dr. Archie and staff at Community Cancer Center for the extraordinary care that was provided to Ray. Now resting in God’s care, so dearly loved, so sadly missed. You will never be forgotten.
Brothers Mortuary and Crematory are honored to care for the family. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.brothersmortuary.com