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Raymond M. File, 91 year old resident of Fargo, died Saturday, June 27, 2015 in Mooreland. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 3, 2015 in the Liberty Baptist Church in Fargo with the Reverend Junior Zollinger and the Reverend Don Smith officiating. Services are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home. Raymond Marion File was born at the family home on November 11, 1923; he was the second son of Rheinhart (Ray) and Marie (Treise) File. He grew up along with his three brothers, Harold, Kenneth and Lesile on the family farm southeast of Fargo. Raymond started school at the Jewel Country School when he was seven years old. Since he could only speak German when he started to school, he had to also learn English. He graduated from Fargo High School in 1943. On May 26, 1945, he married Dorothy Mae Schickedanz in Woodward at the Baptist Parsonage. To this union, three children were born, Janice, Joyce and Rodney. Raymond farmed and ranched all his life. In his lifetime, he farmed with horses and tractors. He loved his John Deere tractors. He loved “the farm”. It was the place of family, history and memories. They survived the 1947 tornado, when it took the roof off the house, while they were still inside and across the farm, destroying his new combine. He started custom wheat-milo harvesting with his Uncle, Sam G. Fiel, harvesting from Texas to Colorado. To supplement his income during the winter, he worked nights at the Fort Supply Mental Hospital. His favorite past time was COYOTE HUNTING. He always kept 3-4 Greyhounds for hunting, they were like family to him. His best hunting dog, “Fly” was very special to him. When Fly couldn’t keep up, he let his grandsons keep her. She was a great companion for them. It was a very sad day for everyone when he had to put her down because of cancer. He loved getting together with family and playing cards with his brothers. He was a member of the Liberty Baptist Church. He was given a “50 year” plaque when Liberty Baptist celebrated their 100th anniversary. He was also an usher for many years. In the late sixties and early seventies, he started raising Dorset Sheep. He loved working with them and helping Rodney at the Stock show and FFA events. He was named Honorary FFA Chapter Farmer from the Fargo FFA Chapter and Honorary State Farmer in 1980, when Rodney was Northwest District President. After the kids graduated and left home, Raymond and Dorothy started traveling. They traveled to California, Florida, Hawaii and Alaska, stopping in a lot of other places in between. They also enjoyed traveling with the BiCoda Club of the First Baptist Church of Woodward. Failing health forced him to retire and move to Providence Place in May of 2013 and to the Mooreland Heritage Manor in March of 2015. Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Marie File; grandparents Gottfried and Mary Kathrina Fiel; Johannes (John) and Katherina Treise; brothers, Harold File and Kenneth File; Sisters-in-law, Sally File and Lorraine File; uncles, aunts and cousins too numerous to mention. Raymond is survived by his wife, Dorothy File; his daughters, Janice Smith and husband Don of Gage; Joyce Adams and husband Howard of Fargo; his son Rodney File and wife Robin of Euless, Texas; one brother, Les File of Albuquerque, New Mexico; one sister-in-law Billie File; five grandchildren, Scott and Debbie Adams of Fargo; Trisha Smith of Gage; Shawn and Angela Adams of Shattuck; Crystal and Dillon Cripps of Kennedale, Texas; Rachel File of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Micheline Hynes of Azle, Texas; six great grandchildren, Riley Adams, Shawna Adams, Savanah, Noel, Zion and Serenity Cripps; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends too numerous to mention. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Faith Hospice, with the funeral home accepting the contributions on behalf of the family. Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com
Published on  July 2, 2015
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