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Raymond Marshall Niehuus was born on April 13, 1950 in Lewistown, Mont. to Marshall and Pauline Niehuus.

As a teenager, Ray waited tables at his parents’ restaurant and worked at the Gamble Store. Ray graduated from Flathead High School in Kalispell, Mont. with the class of 1968. In 1972, Ray graduated from Montana State University with a degree in chemical engineering.

On Oct. 7, 1978, Ray took Linda Marhofer to be his wife in Houston. After a short honeymoon in Scotland, the couple headed for Dubai, where they stayed for nine years. As PADI instructors, Ray and Linda scuba dove from the Red Sea to the Great Barrier Reef.

1984 saw the birth of Ray and Linda’s first child: Nathan. Rachel, “Sweet Pea,” followed shortly thereafter in 1985.  Finally, Michael came along in 1987.

1989: school is out, and Ray walks with an MBA from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management.

In New Orleans for three years, Ray bought his first BMW motorcycle. Ray worked briefly in Paris, France, then traveled to West Africa, where he led a team in the construction of deep water oil platforms off the coast of Nigeria. When he returned to Texas, Ray decided to pursue his dream as a cattle rancher.

On Nov. 18, 1992, the HayWire Ranch and 12 Santa Gertrudis heifers were purchased. Hay Ink., a hay baling company that Ray began with his close friend, is a testament to Ray’s love of his tractor. When he wasn’t on his tractor or at work, Ray was running from the law on his motorcycle, “Presence,” through the Texas backcountry.

Russia, China, Japan, Korea, Angola: Ray’s resume covers seven pages; still, his biggest accomplishment has been his role as a father. The memories he has made and the lessons he has taught will last for the years that his body couldn’t.

Ray is preceded in death by his brothers, Larry and Danny; his father, Marshall; and his mother, Pauline. Ray is survived by his three children as well as numerous cousins in Lewistown and Cut Bank, Mont.

Posted by Joy Neely


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