Joseph “Joey” Randall Ray, 33, of Great Falls, MT unexpectedly passed away on July 15th, 2021. Cremation has been entrusted to Croxford Funeral home; A Memorial Service will be held on Friday July 23rd, 2021 in the Croxford Funeral Home Rose Room Chapel at 1PM with a reception to follow.
Born on July 22nd, 1987 in Great Falls, MT, Joey was one of four children born to Clarence Alvin and Carolyn Diana (Buck) Ray. Joey attended elementary school in Great Falls, during which he became the Montana State Little Guys Wrestling Champion from 1994-1996. In 1999, The family moved to Buckeye, AZ, where Joey graduated from Estrella Foothills High School in 2005. He went on to receive his Associates Degree in Automotive Service from Glendale Community College and moved back to Great Falls in 2009.
Joey met the love of his life, Julia Starr Preston Gutierrez when he moved back to Great Falls; The couple were married on March 27th, 2020. Although Joey and Julia were only married for that one year, they shared many happy memories and two daughters together.
Joey loved his career as an Auto Mechanic, he worked for various shops around the area such as Acme Auto body and E.S Stone, where he managed the mechanical shop. His love for cars spilled out into his hobbies as well; he gained much joy from racing B mod at the Great Falls speedway and working in his shop. Joey also got much joy from being outdoors, fishing, hunting, camping with his girls, kayaking with his wife and helping others in any way he could.
Joey was preceded in death by Clifford and Margaret Ray; Alden Buck and Ellen Balstad
He is survived by his loving wife Julia Starr Preston Gutierrez-Ray; Daughters Paisley Reena Ray and Ronni Diana Ray; Parents Clarence and Carol Ray; Sisters Melissa Leonardson (Clay Johnson), Jennifer (Robert) Fowler and Amanda (Steve) Johnson.
His Laughter and Smile will always be with us
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