Raymond W. Lau, 92, passed away peacefully on August 15, 2018 in Bozeman surrounded by his family. Ray was born in Harrison, Montana on December 6, 1925 to Leo and Pearl (Rew) Lau. He went to school in Belgrade for a short time and graduated from Pony High School in 1943.
He mostly worked on the family farm before going into the U.S. Navy after graduating high school. He served on the USS Tazewell during World War II as the ships store keeper. He was honorably discharged and returned home to Montana. He then started working at Ideal Cement plant in Trident, Montana where he retired after 37 years.
In August 1949, he married Elizabeth Jean Sharp in Trident, Montana. Two boys, Marc and Bill, were added to this union.
If he wasn’t down at the local café visiting with people in “his office.” He enjoyed wood working, making clocks, creating pens and making jewelry.
Ray was very active in the community. He was a leader of the cub scouts and boy scouts. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. For many years, he would organize the local Veterans Day program. He was a very patriotic man and would help out when possible.
He survived by his two sons, Marc (Vickie) Lau, and Bill Lau; sister-in-law’s, Peggy Bennion and Joyce Sharp who were like sisters to him; grandchildren, Landon (Ashwini) Lau, LaVelle (Nick) Krob and Loreal (Richie) Gehr, whom he loved with all of his heart and was so proud of; many nieces, nephews and host of friends.
He always had his sense of humor and his loving personality. His hugs will be greatly missed by all.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 21st at the Three Forks School Gymnasium in Three Forks, Montana. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Three Forks following a reception at the Methodist Church Annex in Three Forks.
K&L Mortuaries of Three Forks in charge of arrangements.