On July 2, 2014 Ray (Aarne Raymond) Niemela passed away at the age of 94 years old. Ray is survived by his daughter, Dorinda (Ernie) Beskowiney and son, Terry (Marilyn) Niemela. He also leaves behind his grand- children: Bonnie (Nick) Parker, Trevor (Margot) Hietala, Karri-Lynn (Lance) Knudsen, Tracy (Duane) Guthrie, LeeAnn (Darren) Low, Kimberley (Martijn) Appel, AuKeeRa (Aaron) Low and step-grandchildren: Shawn (Kristie) Beskowiney, and Melonie Beskowiney. He also leaves several great-grandchildren and many close family and friends. One of Ray’s greatest joys in life was spending time with his family and friends. He looked forward to the conversations and many visits while sharing his “happy juice”. His inspiring and generous soul had a way of lifting the spirits of anyone he met. Ray always had a zest or life and a love for farming. Ray took great pride in the family farm. He enjoyed hearing about the every day operations and took joy in watching the farm continue to grow. One of Ray’s greatest accomplishments in life was to see all of his grandchildren get married and to see his great-grandchildren take their first step. He loved sharing with them his charm, humour, laughter and stories on how to live a long, happy life. Ray enjoyed travelling to many places across the world where he gained several dear friends. In the early years, while spending time with Edith as “Snow Birds” in Arizona, Ray and Edie met life-long friends, Norman and Violet Jones. After the passing of Edith and Norman, Ray and Violet married and decided to live the rest of their lives together. Ray adopted his “American” family and cherished many special memories with them. Ray will be deeply and sadly missed by all the lives that he touched. His legacy will remain in our hearts forever. Funeral services will be held at the Eckville Community Center on July 16th, 2014 at 11am. A private family internment will follow at Alto Rest Memorial Gardens Red Deer. If friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Camp Kannawin, Box 9240, Sylvan Lake, Alberta T4S 1S8.
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