Raymond Pete Peterson, 78 of Hamilton passed away March 9, 2021. Ray was born April 16, 1942 in Burns, Oregon the son of Robert and Marie Peterson.
Ray was raised in Wisdom, Montana where he grew up on the Home Ranch. Ray was born with cowboy boots and hat upon his head. He was a rancher through and through. Ray attended a small school called West Fox. This school was actually moved closer to the Home Ranch so Ray and his brother Bobby didn't have to ride their horses so far to get to school. Although to hear him tell it he rode 10 miles in the snow uphill both ways. It has also been told that Ray and his brother may have locked the teacher out of the school on occasion as well... Ray later attended and graduated from Dillon High School.
After high school Ray ranched in Twin Bridges, the Stephens and the Alby ranches. Nothing made Ray happier than being out on his horse with his cows and a dog by his side.
In 1982 Ray met a beautiful blond whom he would love until his last breath. Ray and Karen were married on February 13, 1982. They moved to Hamilton where Ray started a new career building roads and digging ditches. He also used his equipment to help during fire season. In his spare time he and Karen were avid trap shooters and like to play a round or two of golf.
Ray was well known for his storytelling. If you came over to the house you were bound to be entertained with one of his many tales. You might have to sift through the faction for the fact, but you were sure to be entertained.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Marie, brother Bobby, son Jade and daughter Andrea.
Ray is survived by his wife Karen, sister Shari (Wayne), son Guy (Raeni), daughter Ronda (Mike), son Wayne (Joni). Ray was blessed with 6 amazing grandchildren Calvin (Colette), Jake (Dani), Dani (Tim), Travis (Aunica), Alex (Laura) and Jordan. As well as 6 great grandchildren Abby, Josie, Payton, Hazel, Thayne and Wren. As well as many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Pallbearers will be Calvin and Jake Peterson, Travis and Dani Koch and Alex and Jordan Bridgman.
There will be a viewing at Daly Leach Memorial from 5-7 pm Friday, March 12th. Services will be at Grace Lutheran Church Saturday, March 13, 2 pm. Internment will take place at 1 pm Monday, March 15th at the Wisdom Cemetery with a reception to follow.
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