In Memory

Ray Goudette (A -Mechanic) - Class of 2005

Raymond A. Goudette


DEER LODGE – Raymond A. Goudette, 58, passed away at his home in Deer Lodge on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.

Ray was born May 7, 1956, to Bill and Arlene Goudette in Missoula.  Ray attended Jefferson Elementary School and Sentinel High School.  In 1972, he met and later married Marla Kaye Goudette.  From that union two children were born – a son, James, and a daughter, Christina. They later divorced.

In 1974, he enlisted in the Air Force as a mechanic working on planes.  After four years in the Air Force, he left and made his career working 26 years at the Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. mill in Frenchtown.  In 2001, he married Mary Brueggeman.  In 2005, they moved to Spokane, where they spent seven years.  In 2012, Ray wanted out of the “big city” and they found their place in Deer Lodge, where they lived until the time of his death.

Ray was preceded in death by his father, Bill Goudette; his grandparents, William and Ruth Goudette, and Arlee and Rosary Park; and his ex-wife, Marla Kaye Goudette.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Goudette; his son, James Goudette and wife Carrie and their two children Kenadie and Tanner; his daughter, Christina Cuplin and husband Matt and their two children Brady and Hannah; mother, Arlene Goudette; brother, Rob Goudette and wife Judy; sister, Cheryl Johnson; and Mary’s children, Brandon Brueggeman and wife Ali, Jennifer Brueggeman and ex-son-in-law Anthony Ramirez, Christina Boyden, Tiffany (Rose) Ramirez and husband Matt, and Melissa Daniels. He is also survived by 19 grandkids with two on the way, two nieces and two nephews.  Ray also had a special place in his heart for his “Lil Buddy,” whom he and Mary are raising.

Cremation has taken place.  As requested, his final resting place will be spread along the Oregon Coast at a later date.  On Saturday, November 1, there was a potluck gathering for family and friends to share stories and reminisce at 1007 Como Drive in Missoula.

Rest In Peace dear Friend.