Raymond Scott Cheadle, of Dilkon Arizona, formerly of Villard, was born 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. 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, Arizona, with his daughter. 

Ray was a good-natured, kind man. He was a hard, devoted, dedicated worker. He made many great memories with various people who crossed his path. Ray was very active in his church and the Villard American Legion. He enjoyed gardening, reading, church work, tinkering, inventing, traveling and watching westerns. He will forever be loved and never forgotten. 

Ray, age 89, died peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. Preceding him in death are his wife, Lovina Cheadle, his parents, his nine siblings (Dorothy, Elnora, Arthur, Myles, Daisy, Aaron, Luella, Donald and Calvin) and his great-granddaughter Emilie. 

Ray is survived by his four children, Aaron (Laura) Cheadle of Fulda, Jennie (Gilbert) Mitchell of Dilkon Arizona,  Nancy (Dave) Lundt of Bemidji and Karen (Michael) Wilson of Perris, California; his 19 grandchildren; and his 17 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Oct. 10, 2021, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Alexandria. He was laid to rest next to his beloved wife, Lovina Cheadle, on Oct. 11, 2021, at the Oakwood Cemetery in Red Wing.

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