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12/11/2012 12:22:00 PM
OBITUARY: Walter Raymond (Ray) Howie

Walter Raymond (Ray) Howie, 94, passed away on Nov. 29, 2012.

Ray was born on May 10, 1918 in Lebanon, Ind. to James and Minnie Howie.

Ray was a longtime Blythe resident. He was also a World War II veteran.

He and his brother Kenny owned and operated the H & H Auto/Jeep dealership in east Blythe for 40 years. Ray loved the outdoors and spent a lot of time digging up and collecting old bottles, fishing, hunting and just driving in the desert. Ray moved to Quartzsite upon retirement and lived there until moving back to Blythe to reside with his caretakers Allen and Becky Hightower.

Ray is survived by his friends and caretakers Allen, Becky and Stella Hightower; his beloved neighbors and helpers, Carl and Eva Rummans, Don and Abby Weaver, Larry and Neta Welch and a host of friends who will miss him dearly. Ray is preceded in death by his parents, siblings and long time companion Dorothy Mitchell.

No services are planned per his wishes.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2012
Article comment by: William [Bill] Moon

I first met Ray Howie in 1947 and have had close ties with him until 3 weeks ago at which time I last talked to him on the phone. We spent many years "doing" the desert and all fun things together. Ray was the most gentle and kind person I have known. After we moved from Blythe to Redlands, he & Dot would stop to visit very often. My thanks to the Hightower family for caring for him in his late year. I will miss visiting him in Quartzsite on my trips to Californis.

Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2012
Article comment by: Bill Floyd

What wonderful times Bettie and I had on the winter weekends with Ray and others in the desert, the KOFA , Eagle Eye and of course Telluride. digging bottles was the reason, the reward was the fellowship. What a wonderful person to spend time with.

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