Ray Houstin Jones left his family on the morning of November 30, 2017, to join his heavenly father. Ray was 80 years old and passed after a long struggle with heart disease. He was surrounded by his loving wife, Laura, daughter, Carrie and Grandson, Josh.
Ray was born on December 16, 1936 in Rome, Missouri. He was the fourth child and youngest member of his family, born to William and Carrie Jones.
Ray had a Gypsy soul that led him away from his home in McClurg, Missouri. Ray had wonderful stories of his childhood, growing up in the Ozarks, which kept his family and friends laughing and maybe a bit shocked at times.
Ray discovered Montana in 1957 and this is where he met his wife Laura. After marrying on June 27, 1958 they moved to San Diego, CA, where he was serving in the Navy. They could never get Montana out of their blood and moved back and fourth between the two states. Hunting and fishing was a bit of an obsession for our dad.
Ray owned his own business, Jones Portable Welding, in San Diego for many years. After selling his business, he and Laura returned to Montana for good. He could hunt and fish all he wanted, and did. He told some pretty good fish tales and hunting stories. He passed his love of hunting and fishing onto his two sons and grandsons, Austin, Josh and Dustin.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Maxine and Lena, and Howard and Ruby Wallace. Ray will rejoice in joining his family members and dear friends again.
Ray is survived by his brother, Oral Lee, wife, Laura, son Randy and wife Ingrid, son Mike, daughter Dana, and daughter Carrie and husband Rick. Ray has eleven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Our hearts are filled with sorrow but look forward to being embraced in his loving arms at heaven’s gate.
A special thank you goes out to our loving mother, grandson Josh, Frontier Home Health and Hospice and the VA hospital for the loving care and patience they provided to our father. Thank you to all his wonderful family, friends and neighbors that stopped by to visit with him.
Services for Ray will be held privately for his family. In lieu of flowers, memorials in honor of Ray are suggested to Frontier Home Health & Hospice, 800 Front St., Helena, MT 59601. Please visit below to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Ray.