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Obituary: Raymond "Ray" Gervais

Posted: 11/17/2017 15:05:00 -07:00 Updated:

Raymond “Ray” Joseph Godias Gervais, 86, of Great Falls, MT, passed away Thursday, November 16, 2017 from complications of COPD at his Grandson’s home in Great Falls.

A celebration of life is being planned for Friday, December 1, 2017 at 11am at the Eagle’s Lodge, 1501 9th Street South. Parking is located in the back of the Lodge.

Cremation has taken place through O’Connor Funeral Home. Ray and his late wife Helen’s ashes will be scattered together at a later date. 

Ray was born to Emile and Merilda Gervais on December 19, 1930 in Lewiston, Maine. He grew up in Lewiston and got his GED. In 1948 Ray joined the United States Air Force.

During his military career Ray was stationed all over the world; TX, WY, FL, England, DE, NY, Japan, NH, MA, Vietnam.

While stationed in Worcester, England in 1952 he met and married Doreen Kathleen Sanders and together they had two boys; Raymond James Gervais and Michael Joseph Gervais.

After his divorce from Doreen in 1965, Ray went to Vietnam. He would later be blessed with another son Steven Gene Mercer in 1967.

Ray retired after a 20 year career from the Air Force in 1968 as a Tech Sgt. at Malmstrom Air Force Base and began working as a laborer with numerous companies and the Highway Department.

Ray met and eventually married a widowed, single mother Helen Ferda-Wren in 1969. Along with Helen’s son Michael they worked on the ranch until Michael’s passing in 2004.

In 2007 they moved into “town” and Helen sold the ranch to a friend and fellow farmer. Helen passed away in August of 2013 after a brief illness.

To read the complete obituary and share condolences, visit the O'Connor Funeral Home's website.

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