Ray Scott, a Grays Harbor resident of over 73 years died on Monday, April 30, 2012, in Elma. He was 81. Ray was born on September 14, 1930, in Holyoke, Colorado, to Cleveland Joseph and Mary Matilda (Fager) Scott. Ray moved to Aberdeen at the age of eight and lived there through high school when he joined the United States Marine Corps. Ray served a brief stint in the Marines until he was honorably discharged due to a family emergency.
Ray went to work at Elma Feed in 1951 and labored there until he purchased the business in 1975. He owned and operated Elma Feed, until selling it in 2009. Ray married Beverly Carol “Bev” Fisk at the Elma Methodist Church on August 12, 1955. She survives him at the family home.
Ray enjoyed all kinds of sports. He was a really good bowler and loved playing pool. He enjoyed attending and sponsoring youth and high school sports programs, rodeo events and FFA and 4H activities. Ray loved to farm. From cutting and bailing hay to working on farm equipment, he was in his element when he was farming. In 1977, Ray formed a partnership with his son, Bill, called the R&B Ranch and he truly enjoyed that relationship and their cattle business together.
Ray is remembered as a man of his word and a devoted husband and father who loved his family, especially his grandchildren. He was always there. Ray would sometimes drive as far as Yakima to watch a youth baseball game.
In addition to Bev, his wife of 56 years, Ray is survived by his children, Rick (Dianna) Scott of Montesano, Bill (Debi) Scott, Elma, Ron (Lisa) Scott, Elma and Cathy (Gary) Everson, Olympia. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, Ryan, Robbie, Nathan, Lucy, Ellie, Colby, Cory, Shawn, Garrett, Alex and Cody; and 2 great-grandchildren, Roston and Trinity. He is also survived by 3 sisters, Maxine Cole, Nebraska, Doris Johansen, Olympia and Shirley Lower of Olympia.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Cecil Cole, Jimmy Scott, Bob Cole, Ken Cole, Willy Cole, Jack Scott, Clifford Scott, Lee Scott; and a sister, Vera Caton.
The public is invited to a celebration of Ray’s life at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2012, at the Satsop Methodist Church. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Elma High School Athletics and/or FFA and 4H at 1235 Monte-Elma Road Elma, WA 98541.
Please visit and sign the online tribute to Ray at www.whitesidefamilymortuaries.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to Whiteside Family Mortuary in Elma.