Raymond “Ray” Nicklaus

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Ray Nicklaus

Raymond “Ray” Nicklaus

Raymond “Ray” (Gramps) Nicklaus, 86, rode off into the sunset on his favorite horse on Nov. 26, 2017 surrounded by his family.

Ray was born in Elgin, North Dakota, on Oct. 18, 1931.

Ray was a loving husband, father, and grandfather; he cherished his family dearly. Ray proudly served his country in the Korean War.

On Aug. 25, 1954, Ray married Janette Karlin. Together they had six childrem, Don (Cathy) Nicklaus, Joan (Robin) McElrath, Betty (Donny) Whilhelm, Cheryl (Carl) Nelson, Karen (Leonard) Wilkey and Randy Nicklaus. As a result, Ray had many grandhcildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Ray worked at the Columbia Falls Aluminum Co. plant for 32 years. Ray and Janette resided in the Flathead Valley until 2003 when they moved to Valier.

Ray is survived by his wife Janette and their children; his sisters Irene Eggers, Deloris (Leo) Schnider, Arlene Arnth and Violet (Neil) Monson.

He is preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and three sisters.

Ray is being cremated; services will be determined at a later date.

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