In his early years, Raymond learned to milk cows and water the garden with a horse and stone boat. He enjoyed ball games, track and field, skating and hockey. He learned early to respect family, neighbours and his elders. In 1941, Raymond became manager of Woodrow Co-op, where he worked during the day and farmed at night. Raymond and June married and moved to his family’s farm. He was a tireless worker who cherished his land, horses and cattle. He loved reading, fishing, playing guitar, and making mischief. Raymond was a deacon at Woodrow Gospel, a councillor and reeve for the RM of Wood River Division 3 and a member of the Gideons. He showered his grandchildren with affection. Raymond and June filled their home with warm hospitality. They moved into Woodrow, Sask., in 1973, and to Assiniboia, Sask., in 1994. Raymond didn’t find material things important; his true loves were God, his family, church and friends.