Raymond 'Ray' Allen Ervest

Mechanic, 83Raymond "Ray" A. Ervest, 83, of Olympia, Wash., died Friday, April 23, 2004 at his residence in Olympia.

He was born April 11, 1921 in Astoria to Arthur and Alma (Tihila) Ervest, both of Finnish ancestry.

Mr. Ervest lived in Astoria for a short time before his family moved to Olympia, where he grew up and graduated from high school.

On June 15, 1942, he enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps, serving as a staff sergeant in the Asiatic Theatre for 18 months. He was honorably discharged in September 1945, then settled in Rosburg, Wash., and began falling timber for Weyerhaeuser. Following an injury in the woods, he was trained as a fisheries worker and employed by the Washington Department of Fisheries in Kalama, Wash. He later became a mechanic for Art's Electric in Longview, Wash., before retiring. He had lived in Olympia, Wash., the past 18 years.

On Dec. 25, 1965, he married Peggy Steele. She survives, residing in Olympia.

Mr. Ervest was an amateur boxer and had boxed in the Marines. Family members say he enjoyed sports and was an avid hunter and fisherman who enjoyed being outdoors. He took great pride in his heritage, could speak Finnish, and looked forward to the FinnFest in Naselle, Wash., where he could see lifelong friends and family. Family members remember him as a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who was his own man. He was a former member of the Barr-Hill-Johnson Post of the American Legion of Deep River, Wash.

In addition to his wife he is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Candy and Gary Dilley of Longview, Wash.; three stepsons, John Hinton and his wife, Sherry, and Pete and Michael Hinton, all of Olympia; one daughter-in-law, Carol Ervest of Rosburg, Wash.; five grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Gary, and his first wife, Viola Kemppl.

Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Penttila's Chapel by the Sea in Long Beach, Wash.

Graveside rites of committal will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Seal River Cemetery in Rosburg. A reception follows at the American Legion Hall in Deep River.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ron Holm Athletic Fund at the Naselle branch of Bank of the Pacific.

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