God received Raymond C. Hilliard into his loving arms on June 25, 2018, at his home in Miami, Ariz.
Ray was born to Chester and Mary Hilliard on Dec. 14, 1926, in Baltimore, Md. The family later settled in Arizona.
After a stint in the Navy, Ray married Ramona White in Shelby, Mont. Together, they had five children, David (deceased), Barbara, Scott, Peggy and Sharon, all from Montana.
Ray worked the oil fields in Montana and worked as a Union pipefitter many years out of Great Falls, Mont., where he was known to all as “The Little Giant.”
When Ray retired, he and his dog Runtly relocated to Miami, Ariz., where he later met his current wife, the former Glenna Curry. Together they rescued their dogs, Missy, Baby and Baby II. They brought many years of joy to his life.
Ray loved scavenging for anything, panning for gold, old westerns, pancakes with turkey gravy, whistle soup, anything sweet, a couple of beer in the afternoon, and his wife, the chief bottle washer and short-order cook of the family.
His great love in later years was going to flea markets, yard sales and second-hand stores to add to his growing collection of over 6,000 wind-up musicals in the hope of getting into the Guinness Book of World Records. Due to time and expense, this dream didn’t materialize, but that didn’t deter him. He encouraged family, friends and acquaintances to join him in his endeavors. He repaired many broken wind-ups and made a few of his own unique musicals from found objects.
Ray is survived by his wife of 24 years, Glenna, and their rescue dog, Baby. He is also survived by four of his children, Barbara, Scott, Peggy and Sharon, all of Montana; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Ray was cremated, and no services are planned, at his request.
The family would like to thank Aviant Hospice for the excellent care and services they provided in his last days.