Ray Baugh, age 77, passed away Wednesday, November 15th at his home in Clancy. He was born in Helena on October 30, 1940 to Estella and Walter Baugh. A 1959 graduate of Jefferson High School, Ray joined the U.S. Air Force and served in several locations in the U.S. and northern Canada in the years that followed.
Returning to Clancy in the early 1960’s, Ray had a number of professions over the years. These included tile setting, logging, commercial fishing, and later a career with Mountain Bell, which ultimately took him to Denver. Ray retired from Mountain Bell and returned to Clancy.
An outdoorsman from an early age, Ray enjoyed hunting and being in the mountains. Ray seemed to have especially good luck with large mule deer in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. He also was an avid creek fisherman in his younger years and was pretty good at that too.
Ray loved his jeeps and time spent in the mountains. He always had one. For those who may remember it, he also owned the ‘Weasel’, a tracked over-the-snow vehicle from WW II. He and Clancy friends rebuilt it in the late 1960’s. Being out in the ‘Weasel’ during the winter was very special to Ray. Many friends and family were able to enjoy time with him around Clancy in it.
Throughout his life Ray was extremely generous and helpful to others. There was always someone he’d lend a hand to in some manner, and he enjoyed each person he helped throughout his life. Ray had many friends – each one was a long term relationship, not a casual one. He was a true and loyal friend.
Ray’s daughter Jessica was born in 1985 and was the light of his and Becky’s life. A testament of then-through-today is the number of photos of her throughout his house. He was extremely proud of her and her accomplishments.
Ray is survived by his daughter Jessica (and fiancé Randy Grote) of Prescott Valley, Arizona, by two sisters, Barbara Greer of Clancy and Lorraine Bayles (Bob) of Corvallis, MT, and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and other relatives………and of course by many friends gathered over so many years.
The last year-and-a-half has been a special time for Ray and Barbara to spend together in Clancy, and with Lorraine and Bob too. They all had several days together at Lorraine and Bob’s the weekend before Ray passed. Special mention also of the life-long friendship (and more) for Ray with Becky and Alden Beard.
A celebration of Ray’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 28th at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Ave., a reception will follow in the social hall of the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow at Montana State Veterans Cemetery. Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Ray.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Ray’s honor are invited to be made to the Clancy Library, located in the Old Clancy School building in Clancy, 3 N. Main St., Clancy, MT 59634. Ray went to school there and lived within a few houses of it most of his life.
Thanks Ray, for all of us you’ve helped and provided your sincere friendship to along the way. Your generosity and kind manners made more of difference in our lives than you can ever know.