Ray Richard Batey, 91

Thursday, August 27, 2020
Ray Richard Batey, 91

Ray Richard Batey

Ray Richard Batey of the Forsyth/Rosebud area passed away on August 23, 2020 at the age of 91.

Ray was born on December 8, 1928 in Forsyth, Montana. He spent his youth on the Rosebud Creek Ranch and was educated in the Rosebud School District. The family moved to Bozeman where Ray graduated from high school. He attended Montana State College and later returned to the ranch.

He married Thaida Snodgrass on February 2, 1952. They raised their family together and lived on the Rosebud Creek until 1999 when the ranch sold. They moved to Forsyth where they enjoyed their retirement.

Ray was an active member of his community. He spent many years serving the Rosebud School Board, Range Telephone and Mid Electric as a board member. Ray was a Shriner and a founding member of Rosebud Round-up 4-H Club.

Ray enjoyed golfing, bowling, cow cutting, and playing cards. Ray and Thaida owned and operated the Batey Charolais Ranch for 50 years. He took great pride in ranching. He was one of the top Charolais Breeders in the nation.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, George and Bernice (Noyes) Batey; wife Thaida (Snodgrass) Batey of 65 years; sisters, Eva Jean Worf and Mary Ann Borer.

He is survived by his son, Dee (Shelly) of Bozeman; daughter, Cindy Lebie of Las Vegas, Nevada/Forsyth, and grandchildren, Devon, Jordan (Natasha), Amanda, Meghan, Briane, and George.

The Batey family would like to thank the staff at the Rosebud Healthcare Center for the excellent care he received over the last two years.

Ray will be remembered for his quick wit and his love for his grandchildren.

He entertained many friends with his singing and dancing. Ray was deeply loved by his family and will be missed.

Services will take place at a later date.

Memorials can be made to the Rosebud Community Foundation. Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

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