Raymond Scott Cheadle, of Dilkon, Ariz., formerly of Villard, was born on July 27, 1932, on the homestead of his parents, Benjamin and Emily (Hoernemann) Cheadle. He attended a small country school and completed high school in Sauk Centre at age 16. He grew up farming the family homestead near Elrosa with his dad and continued his passion of farming after school. In 1953, Ray graciously volunteered for the Navy so his brother wouldn’t be drafted. After being honorably discharged in March 1957, he returned to the family farm. He was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1958 and was a member of the Alexandria branch for the next 61 years.
On Oct. 3, 1966, Ray was united in marriage to Lovina Griffith at the Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah. The couple made their home at the family farm near Elrosa (by Sauk Centre). They were blessed with four children, Aaron, Jennie, Nancy and Karen. After Ray graduated from Moorhead State College in 1971, they returned to the farm near Elrosa and he started working as the Industrial Arts Instructor in Sauk Centre.
In 1974, they moved their family to Villard, where he worked as a machinist, roofer and a woodsman. After retiring in 2013, he loved going to the post office and talking with anyone he met. In 2019, Ray moved to Dilkon, Ariz., with his daughter.
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