Raymond Joseph Hemmelgarn
Ray Hemmelgarn was born on September 4, 1922 in St. Walburg, Saskatchewan to parents Charles and Elizabeth Hemmelgarn. Ray passed away peacefully on May 24, 2014
in Invermere, BC. He was 91.
At the age of 12, Ray moved with his family from St. Walburg to Nut Mountain, SK. He was industrious from a young age and worked on the family farm.
Ray met Elsie Potter at a dance, and after dating and engagement they were married in 1946. They lived in Nut Mountain until moving to Invermere in December, 1954, where they remained together thereafter.
After moving to Invermere, Ray had a long career at the Radium sawmill, retiring after over 20 years in 1987. He was also an avid woodworker and he enjoyed making furniture for his family.
Ray was dedicated to the community. He was a member of the Invermere volunteer fire department for over 20 years, including several years as fire chief. He was also a member of Lions Club for over 25 years, including terms as club president.
Ray’s greatest source of pride and accomplishment was his family. He was survived by his wife of 67 years, Elsie and by his four children and their spouses: Donna and Doug Biggar of
Salmon Arm; Darlene and Dale Beddie of Penticton; Gregg and Sandi Hemmelgarn, of Invermere; and Gordon and Shannon Hemmelgarn, of Red Deer. He is also survived by his nine grandchildren
and eighteen great grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by his parents and 12 of his 13 siblings. He will be missed, and we will always have fond memories of his kindness and love.
Memorial Service will be held at 2 pm, on Friday, May 30th at the Catholic Church of Canadian Martyrs, 1210 9th St. Invermere, BC. Tea Service will follow immediately at the Canadian Legion, 525 13th St. Invermere BC.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to the Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley or a charity of your choice.