September 28, 1924 – September 10, 2017
TWIN FALLS — Raymond Dewayne Lockhart, 92, of Twin Falls, died Sunday, September 10, 2017 at Woodstone Assisted Living in Twin Falls.
Ray was born September 28, 1924 to Raymond Lockhart and Blossom Crist Lockhart in Clayton, New Mexico. Shortly after his birth, Blossom died. Ray was raised by his extended family for several years. His father remarried and Ray gained two sisters, Fran and Jane, and a brother, Bill.
Ray grew up in Clayton where he went to school and played basketball and football. He experienced the “Dust Bowl” on May 29, 1937. The family moved to Los Angeles, California in 1941.
Ray enlisted in the Army during WWII and was an ambulance driver with the 585th Motor Ambulance Company. He experienced the horrors of war and was able to save some individuals from Buchenwald Concentration Camp.
Ray returned to Los Angeles December 11, 1945. He met his future wife, Louise Schuit, on a blind date. They were married May 3, 1946 and had two children, Lance and Christine.
After moving to Lancaster, California in 1953, family outings, Little League, and 4-H took up much of their time. During this time, Ray worked for the Suburban Gas Company.
In 1965, the family moved to La Grande, Oregon. They continued with sports and showing their quarter horses in 4-H and open shows. Ray worked at Borden Chemical and retired in 1989.
Ray and Louise resided in Summerville, Oregon and he continued to ride his award-winning cutting horses and still managed to find time for square dancing with Louise and enjoying time with his friends. Ray especially loved his property that would be filled with local wildlife.
Ray moved to Twin Falls, Idaho in 2015 to be closer to his daughter.
Ray is survived by his daughter Chris Turner-Gabbert, son-in-law Tom Gabbert, granddaughter Amanda Scruggs, great-grandchildren Emma, Abigail and Jakob, his brother Bill Lockhart, and sister Jane Middleton. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Lance, his wife Louise, and his sister Fran.
Ray was strong-willed, hard-working, and kind. He always had a mischievous twinkle in his eye for those he loved.
Per his wishes, there will be no services, and his ashes will be scattered at a later time.
Cremation is under the direction of Serenity Funeral Chapel Life Celebration Center & Cremation Services of Idaho, Twin Falls. Condolences may be shared at www.serenityfuneralchapel.com.