Raymond A. Mayer Sr., 70, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, formerly of Van Hook, died Thursday, July 24, 2014, in a Seattle hospital.
Raymond was born Nov. 15, 1943, to Richard and Frances Mayer on the family farm near Van Hook. He was raised in the Van Hook and Sanish areas and attended schools in Sanish and New Town. Ray entered the U.S. Army in 1960 and served in Germany. After he was honorably discharged in 1963, he moved to Tioga and started working in the oil industry moving rigs.
In the late 1960s, Ray started commuting to Alaska to work in the oil field and moved to Alaska in the mid-1980s. He worked in the oil fields until retiring in 2009 as a field superintendent from Peak (formerly Kodiak) Oilfield Services.
Ray was united in marriage to Loene Adamson in 1985 at Lake Tahoe. They made their home in Eagle River, Alaska, and moved to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, in 1999. Ray commuted to Alaska for work.
Ray was a talented craftsman and enjoyed working with leather and wood. He hand-crafted knives and made beautiful cabinetry. He enjoyed the outdoors and all it had to offer, including hunting and fishing. He and Loene enjoyed traveling, often traveling by RV with no specific destination planned with frequent stops to donate at the local casinos. They enjoyed time in Palm Springs, Las Vegas, Hawaii and his favorite, Mesa Verde, N.M.
Ray was raised around the Native American community and cultivated many lifelong Native American friends. He appreciated the customs and culture of the Hidatsa Tribe. Ray cherished time spent with his family. May God bless the memory of Raymond Mayer.
Ray is survived by: his wife, Loene; sons, Shayne Mayer (Brittany Mae Jamison) of Cantwell, Alaska, Richard Mayer (Valerie) of New Town, and Raymond "Boom" Jr. (Melissa) of Seattle; daughter, Desiree Elston (Randy) of Joshua, Texas; stepsons, Scott Sloan (Melinda) of Amboy, Wash., and Steven Sloan of Grants Pass, Ore.; brother, Rex Mayer of Rapid City, S.D.; sister, Thelma Bauer of Gillette, Wyo.; aunt, Elsie Mayer of New Town; grandchildren, Samantha, Shayne Jr., Shawn and Hunter, Devin, Chaselynn, Dante, Steven and Alliana, Christopher, Jesse, Austin, Madison, Tiffany and Jeremy, Rose, Kaedon and Triston (due in December), Shannon, Jerad and Jason; great-grandchildren, Seth, Sunny Rae, Summer Rayne, Robert; and two great-grandchildren due in December and January; and many nieces, nephews and cousins; and his pal "Buddy."
He was preceded in death by: his father, Richard; his mother, Frances Arnes; and brother, Alvin Roger Mayer.
Ray was grateful for the care he received at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. In lieu of flowers the family would like to ask that donations be made in Ray's memory to donor's choice of charity, preferred choice being SCCA (www.seattlecca.org).
Memorial service: Friday, Aug. 1, at 11 a.m. in Bethlehem Lutheran Church, rural New Town.
Interment: Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural New Town.
(Langhans Funeral Home, Parshall, is in charge of arrangements. (www.langhansfuneralhome.com)