Ray was born March 21, 1936 in Jordan, Montana, the youngest of four children, to Axel and Coralynn Clauson. He went to grade school in Cohagen and high school in Jordan, graduating in 1953.
Ray often said how thankful he was to be born an American, in eastern Montana, and into such a great family.
After high school he worked on the family ranch off and on at the Art Larson Ranch and the Ralph McWilliams Farm as well as a John Deere mechanic for Miles & Ulmer in Miles City.
He joined the Army in Feb. 1958 and spent most of the time in Germany where he was awarded a commendation medal for “meritorious service as a facilities control noncommissioned officer” from May 1959 to Feb 1960.
After his military service he returned to the family ranch at Cohagen and in 1961 married Sheri Mackin. They moved to Miles City in 1964 and began a building business that lasted forty years, retiring in 2004.
Country music was very important to him, playing lead guitar for the Clarence Cridland band for many years as well as various other groups – the last several years at rest homes around Miles City with sister, Hazel Stabler and friend, Jim Howe.
Ray is survived by his wife Sheri; daughter, Tami (Don) Rogers; son Kelly (Alexa) and his sons Josh and Jake, son Troy (Julie) and their son Jordan; sister, Hazel Stabler; brother Nick (Betty) Clauson and sister-in-law, Phyllis Clauson.
Preceding him in death were his parents and his brother Bill Clauson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Ray’s name to the Parkinson’s Disease Research Foundation.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 6th, 2023, at Grace Bible Church in Miles City. Interment with Full Military Honors will follow at the family lot of Custer County Cemetery.