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925 S 27th Street
BILLINGS, MT 59101
Phone: 406-245-6427
Fax: 406-259-3558
Raymond Beaver

Raymond L. Beaver

Monday, November 18th, 1946 - Tuesday, September 1st, 2020
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Obituary

Raymond Lee Beaver (Martinez), 73, dearly loved husband, father, grandfather, and brother and friend died on September 1, 2020. He was born in Helena, Montana November 18, 1946 to Alice Bernice Warren and William Martinez and adopted by Clarence Beaver.
Ray graduated from Rocky Mountain College with a Bachelor of Science in History. It was Ray's love for History that lead him to his found passion for teaching. He taught in Lavina and Jordan, MT and was the high school basketball coach at both schools.
His first teaching position in Missoula was at St. Joseph's Catholic School as the high school history teacher and physical education teacher for k-12. Wanting to travel and continue his passion for teaching, Ray took a position with the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) teaching our military connected children overseas in assignments in Germany, Italy, Korea, and Japan.
Ray was a devoted educator with DoDEA for over 35 years until his retirement on June 19, 2020 at Kubasaki High School in Okinawa, Japan. Ray loved to play sports and got a partial scholarship to play football at Rocky Mountain College. He was also an Assistant Football Coach at the University of Montana for a brief period.
He loved being outdoors, hunting, often going camping, golfing, swimming every morning and then biking to school.
He was a loving husband and is survived by his wife, Ivy Beaver, a father of Rochelle, Jeannie and Tara; grandfather to Ashley, Zach, Ethan, and Julia: and great grandfather of Blake, Hayden and Everly; siblings Nancy, Shirley, Terry, Larry, Phyllis, Glenda, Mary, John, Judy & Clara.
He was preceded in death by his parents and by siblings Sharon, Don, Joyce, Carol, and Diana Kaye, and son in-law Charlie. Ray will be missed dearly and remembered by his family and friends for being, openhearted with a great sense of humor and a straight shooter.
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  • Service

    Thursday, September 10th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    When
    Thursday, September 10th, 2020 3:00pm
    Location
    First United Methodist Church
    Address
    corner of 4th Ave. N. and 29th St.
    BILLINGS, MT 59101
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    Officiant
    Reverend Patrick Lewis

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"Raymond Beaver" will remain in our hearts forever. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. With love and hugs, Don and Nancy

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Jeannie Braun

Posted at 12:03am
The 1st night we flew into Frankfurt,Germany in 1984, we had a terrible international flight getting there. Everyone else who flew in that night went straight to the boq's & went to sleep. Not Ray Beaver. Not my dad. I was 12 & we took a bus off base, got funky directions, which led us down the train tracks - on foot, until we reached the bahnhof (train station) & eventually ended up in a taxi cab dropping us off in downtown Frankfurt at the Gemalten Haus. It became a family tradition to stop by the Gemalten Haus everytime we flew in or out of Frankfurt. As we hurtled through the streets in the back of the taxi cab, all he could talk about was the cab was a Mercedes Benz. He kept saying, " if a taxi cab driver can have a Mercedes Benz- I Can have a Mercedes Benz!" Love you dad. Thanks for the lovely, traumatic adventure. Jeannie
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Jeannie Braun

Posted at 01:11pm
My great fortune was to have ray beaver as my father. I was unable to get to attend his funeral because of car trouble & it's my deepest regret I wasn't there to share his memorial service with my family & friends. I will miss all the things that made him so special. He was a unique man, that gave me the opportunity to see the world & view things with a different perspective. He did an incredible job raising me on his own & he provided me with a safe, comfortable & stable home life growing up. He instilled in me respect, honor , hard work & humor. He loved me, & I never got to thank him for taking such good care of me. He will be missed . I love you, dad.
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Debbie Alcazar

Posted at 05:33pm
Ray, you have touched many lives throughout the years and you will be missed. Thank you for being there for our children and community. Our deepest condolences to Ivy. Thank you for loving him throughout the last years of his life. To his children, grandchildren, and great grandchild thank you for sharing him all these years. He will be deeply missed by his students, colleagues, and the communities he served. God bless you alll!!!❤️❤️❤️
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Frank Roehl

Posted at 11:49am
So sorry to hear of Ray's death. I worked with Ray in Karlsruhe, Germany. Met up with him in Naples, Italy for dinner during a visit there. Always will remember his kidding retort "Quite frankly, Frank!" Blessings to his family!
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