We have lost our husband, dad, grandpa, great-grandpa, and friend. He was a man of great strength, character, and pride.

Raymond Gerald Wittak passed away on Thursday, March 7, 2019 surrounded by family. Born in Badger, Minnesota, to John and Elizabeth (Mitchell) Wittak on Sept. 7, 1928. At the age of 17, he came to Montana to do temporary work for Pepsi and area ranchers. He enlisted in the Army and served in Germany as an MP and a Generals Escort during the Korean War. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Montana. On June 9, 1957 Ray married Eileen Severson of Redstone. For 62 years Ray farmed and raised a family nurturing a home filled with love, laughter, and words of wisdom. Ray and Eileen had four children: Karla Leibrand of Scobey, Greg Wittak, Connie Wittak both of Flaxville, and Steve (Deanna) Wittak of Billings. Three grandchildren David (Kaylyn) Leibrand of Spokane, Washington; Lindsey Wittak, and Jacob Wittak both of Billings. One great-granddaughter, Emmalyn Leibrand and another great-grandchild due in May. Also surviving Ray are two brothers-in-law: John Froshaug of Denver, Colorado, and Vernon (Lorraine) Severson of Great Falls; three sisters-in-law: Neoma Severson of Watford City, North Dakota, Cheryl Severson of Miles City and Linda Severson of Great Falls; including numerous nieces and nephews and too many special friends to mention. In Heaven, Ray is joining his parents and stepfather George Foldesi; three brothers John and Eugene Wittak and Robert Foldesi; four sisters Bertha Foldesi, Bernice Penas, Lois Seydel, and Betty Froshaug. Besides farming, Ray enjoyed hunting, playing cards, and visiting with his many friends and neighbors. Most of all Ray loved to give hugs, but not as much as we loved to be hugged by him. The best part were the words he would say as he wrapped his arms around you, ‘I love you the most.’

To a wonderful man and beautiful person, we love you the most too-

Ray, Dad, Grandpa, Great-Grandpa, Friend

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