Ray Christiaens, entrepreneur and resident of Kevin, Montana, passed away unexpectedly on May 28, 2018, at the age of 55 while working at the family cabin on Echo Lake.
Ray will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 33 years, Shawn (Burney) Christiaens; his children, Kate Savage (Brian) of Nampa, Idaho, Angie Christiaens of Superior, MT and her fiancee, Bradley Armour, and one grandson, Luke Savage. Ray is also survived by his sisters, Donna (Jeff) Ellsworth, Jean (Roy) King, Beverly (Russell) Wilson, Juanita (Landis) Meeks, Janet (Johnny) Stokes, and Becky (Todd) Rathbun; brothers, Ken (Judy) Christiaens, Rod (Jackie) Christiaens, Dean (Ann) Christiaens, and Kurt (Tassie) Christiaens; sister-in-law, Sheryl (Burney) Cook; and brother-in-law, Steve Burney. Ray was preceded by his parents, Don and Margaret Christiaens; brother, Keith Christiaens; grandparents, Maurice and Jeanette Christiaens, and Martin and Mary Evers.
Rosary and Vigil in memory of Ray will be held on Monday, June 4th at 7:00 pm with the Mass of the Resurrection to be held Tuesday, June 5th at 10:30 a.m. both at St. Margaret’s Church in Cut Bank. Reception to follow service at Cut Bank Civic Center. Private burial services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions to Echoz Pregnancy Center, 1323 9th Avenue South, Great Falls, MT, 59405 (406-727-1850).
For Ray, the mountains were always calling as he found his most joyful times on Echo Lake with family and friends. Ray was motivated to continue his successful businesses, spend quality time with his loved ones, and spoil his new grandson. In his last days, he was spiritually influenced to plan for his family and businesses’ future. Ray came across as strong which quickly blended with his relentless sense of humor and determination. He helped you to believe in yourself and in others; an innate gift to see the potential of greatness in every soul. Ray’s giving spirit continued as his vital organs were donated to those in need. A true gentleman, God was definitely showing off when He created Ray. He is greatly missed. Ray’s laugh and love has forever changed us.