Raymond Oliver Sletten, a seven-year resident of Chattaroy passed away on Nov. 27, 2012 in Spokane. The midwife, Mrs. Shane, delivered Ray on the family ranch on November 29, 1925 in Zahl, ND, the son of Ole and Mabel (Rude) Sletten.
He was raised on the farm and began working alongside his fa¬¨ther and brother at a very early age. Ray attended school in Zahl and Grenora and graduated in 1943 from Grenora High School. He returned to farming, following his graduation. At the age of 38, Ray relocated to Spokane and began to use his ‚Äúgift of gab‚ÄĚ in sales. He sold life insurance for several years, later moving into car sales and eventually real estate. While on a sales trip to Colville, Ray introduced himself to a waitress while dining at Freddie‚Äôs Diner. Her name was Mary Delp and on February 16, 1968 she married Raymond and became Mary Sletten. They re¬¨sided in Spokane for five years before coming to Colville in 1971.
Ray continued selling real estate with Jean and John Link in Kettle Falls for several years. He then had the opportunity to be¬¨come a chipper operator for Fred Tripp. Ray enjoyed working with Fred Tripp and operating the chipper until his retirement. Ray also worked a couple of summers for the forest service as he approached his retirement years. In 2005, he and Mary moved to Chattaroy where they would reside spring through fall. Their winters were spent in the warmer climate of Yuma, AZ.
Ray enjoyed putting a smile on the faces around him. He was always ready with a healthy supply of jokes, a new nickname, or a wonderful old story. He shared his love for life with his family and friends and held proudly to his Norwegian heritage. He also enjoyed hunting and deep sea or lake fishing. Ray would talk with anyone willing to listen and some believed, even if no one was around, he would still offer his thoughts just in case there was an able ear in the distance.
After retirement, Ray turned his attention to cooking and working in the garden. His homemade tomato soup and large bowls of homemade baked beans were always a favorite at family gatherings.
He was preceded in death by his brother Marshall Sletten; sisters, Mildred Pedersen and her husband, Leonard and Muriel Orr and her husband, Roger.
Ray is survived by his wife, Mary Sletten, at the home; children, Cheryl Lovett and her husband, Jim, Spokane, Ellen Jensen and her husband, Dale, Colville, Randy McLouth and his companion, Shelly Frank, Colville, Karmen Clark and her husband, Elton, Astoria, IL; brother, Maurice Sletten, Williston, ND; grandchildren, Rick and Yvonne Rand, April and Troy Meyer, Jason and Kerri Jensen, Chad and Cathy Clark, Josh and Shanna Jensen, Jason and Rachel McLouth, Chloe Donovan and Cheyenne McDaniel; great grandchildren, Anthony, Deon, Kyzer, Leahness, Averie, Evan, Akota and Jayden.
A memorial service for Mr. Raymond Sletten was Dec. 3 at the Assembly of God Church in Colville. Pastor Duane Anderson of¬¨ficiated.
Memorial contributions may be given to Union Gospel Mission and/or the Salvation Army.
Please visit the on-line memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com. Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory was entrusted with the arrangements.