1-2:00 PM, Wednesday, August 17, Agape Acres Ministry, 14755 Victory Lane, Nine Miles South of Lake Park, MN
2:00 PM, Wednesday, August 17, Agape Acres Ministry, 14755 Victory Lane, Nine Miles South of Lake Park, MN
Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
Ray Higdem passed away peacefully Thursday August 11, 2011, surrounded by family at Villa Maria in Fargo, ND at the age of 61. Ray was born in Mayville, ND on Nov 12 1949 to William and Luverne (Johnson) Higdem. Ray grew up in East Grand Forks MN. At the age of 18 Ray volunteered to join the US Army during the Vietnam War. During his service time he was stationed in Germany. Ray married Mary Bondy on October 12 1974. Together they raised four children Shane, Robyn, Cody and Jesse
When Ray returned home he found a talent in the construction industry. After some years he took it upon himself to form his own company with a partner. Despite only having enough money for a few shovels and buckets Ray and his partner, Loren Waldo, grew their construction business into a successful and thriving company.
Ray was an avid pigeon racing flyer. He raised pigeons and loved them like they were his children. Ray won and participated in state and national races and received many first places. He was a devout member and treasurer of the Red River Valley Flyers Pigeon Club and took pride in both his work and pigeons. Ray also had a green thumb. Vegetables naturally loved Ray and grew plump under his loving care. Ray was a dedicated father and loving family member and friend. His natural sincerity brought him friends wherever he was, with many turning lifetime.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Higdem (Bondy) of rural Barnesville; His three sons Shane of East Grand Forks , Cody of St Paul , and Jesse of South Fargo, and his daughter Robyn Bennett (Higdem) of Nevis MN; his grandchildren Reed and Lindsey Bennett of Nevis , Robyn and Sean Rothenberger , Joey Welch all of East Grand Forks; his mother Luverne Higdem, brother Gary Higdem, sisters Vicky (Higdem) Olsen, Debbie (Higdem) Weber All of East Grand Forks.
Ray was preceded in death by his father William, brothers Randy, Bradley and sister Diane.