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Ray I. Papineau
September 18, 1930 ~ January 24, 2024 (age 93) 93 Years Old
Ray I. Papineau 93, a beloved resident of Lexington, Oregon, passed away on Sunday, January 14, 2024, at the age of 93. He peacefully departed this life at Willow Creek Terrace Assisted Living, where he had spent his last five months surrounded by caring staff and fellow tenants.
A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 20, 2024 at the Lexington Community Church.
Ray was born to Agnus V. (Schoonover) and Frank Papineau on September 18, 1930 at Baker City, Oregon. He grew up on Rhea Creek above Heppner, Oregon. He later moved to Lexington with his family, where he established his roots.
Ray was a hardworking individual who dedicated his years to various farms and ranches in the Heppner area. He also contributed his skills to Kinzua sawmill. In his personal life, Ray found joy and fulfillment in his marriage to Gloria Gae Orwick. The couple was married at Vancouver, Washington on January 25, 1951. Together, they raised seven children and created a loving and nurturing home. Ray and Gloria shared a passion for racehorses and spent many years owning and training them. Their dedication to this pastime brought them immense joy and created lasting memories.
He was a member of the Eagles Lodge. Ray was a proud member of AA, demonstrating his strength and perseverance in overcoming personal challenges. He had a reputation for having a big heart and an open mind, never hesitating to extend kindness to those he encountered.
Ray truly never knew a stranger and touched the lives of many with his warmth and generosity. In recent years, Ray spent several summers in the company of his two daughters, enjoying the beauty of Montana. However, he always returned to his beloved hometown of Lexington, where his other two daughters and two sons resided. His love for his family and his deep connection to his roots were evident in his unwavering devotion to his loved ones.
Ray is survived by his brother, Earl (Edith) Papineau, and his children: Candace Gates, Carmen Wilson, Crystal (Don) Dale, Cammie (Matt) Jones, Curtis (Carolyn) Papineau, and Calvin (Karen) Papineau. He also leaves behind numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, each one a testament to the love and legacy he leaves behind.
He was preceded in death by his wife Gloria, his daughter Constance Jones, four brothers, one sister, and four grandchildren.
Ray Papineau will be dearly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. His warm smile, kind heart, and unwavering love will forever remain in our hearts and memories. May he rest in peace.
Memorial contributions may be made to Willow Creek Terrace Assisted Living Facility, 400 Frank Gilliam Drive, Heppner, OR 97836