Ray Ervin Gaffield, age 92, of Glendive formerly of Sidney passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2013 at Holy Rosary in Miles City.
Ray was born to Chester and Viola Gaffield on September 19, 1920 in Frazer, Montana. Ray quit school in 1937 to help at home. In 1942 Ray entered the US Army, while in the Army he served during WWII, where he fought in the Battle of Normandy and then the surge thru Europe. He was honorably discharged in 1945. He farmed in Savage and then later in Terry before returning to Sidney to work at Sidney Sugar. He would then become the manager of the Moose Lodge for the next 15 years. He moved to Troy for 9 years where he worked for a saw mill. He then returned to Crane Montana where he bought the Newlon Greenhouse and bartended at the Moose Lodge until he eventually closed the greenhouse and moved to the Lincoln Apartments in 1982. He lived there until moving to the Eastern Montana Veterans Home in Glendive in 2011.
Ray enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, and talking to his friends and family. He was an active member of both the Moose Lodge and the VFW Post in Sidney. He was liked by all and had many friends
Ray is survived by two sisters; Lola Strasheim of Sidney and Buehla, and four sons Ervin Gaffield of Oregon, Terry and Kathy Gaffield of Fairview MT, Pat and Rhonda Gaffield of Gillette WY, and Tim Gaffield of Helena MT. He has many grandkids and great grandkids.
Ray was preceded in death by his father Chester Gaffield, mother Viola Gaffield, four brothers Dale, Don, Elmer and Milton, two sisters; Barbara Lynch and Noana Moore, one grandson Chester, and a special friend Hazel Wersland.
Ray’s life will be celebrated at the Big O on Saturday, March 23, 2013 starting at 4 p.m. He will be put to rest at a later date at the Crane Cemetery by his family.
Directions to the Big O are Hwy 200, 3 miles East of Fairview.