Raphael Edwin Newtson

Born: Sat., Feb. 5, 1927
Died: Mon., Aug. 22, 2016


9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Fri., Aug. 26, 2016
Location: Burns Mortuary

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Mon., Aug. 29, 2016
Location: Helix Community Church

Graveside Service

4:00 PM Mon., Aug. 29, 2016
Location: Skyview Memorial Park

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Raphael Edwin Newtson

February 5, 1927 – August 22, 2016

Raphael Edwin Newtson was born to Hilda Marie Wolsunde (28) and Gunval “Dick” Newtson (29) in Pendleton on February 5, 1927.  He had a brother Norman eight years older.  He grew up in Juniper Canyon, and went to School in Helix.  In high school he was active in baseball and basketball and is pictured in the Helix Hall of Fame.  He graduated from Griswold High School in Helix in 1944.

After school he joined the Army Air Corps and served in the US, stationed in Texas at the end of WWII.  Leaving the service he returned home and worked as a Journeyman Electrician in Pendleton and later at Farmer’s Mutual in Helix.  He married Patricia Holdman in 1947 and was father to Susan and Marsha.  They were married until 1961.  When Farmer’s Mutual ended, he worked at the Pendleton Grain Growers in elevators handling and treating wheat.

Ray was a great lover of the outdoors.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an excellent shot with both a rifle and shotgun.  He brought home many turkeys from the Juniper Canyon Turkey Shoot and kept his family well supplied with deer and elk.  Ray enjoyed playing Pitch, Pan, Pinochle and many different card games.  He had an uncanny ability to win most of the time.

Ray loved bowling and maintained a high average.  He met his wife Phyllis LaFarge Billette at a bowling alley, and after giving her lessons, fell in love.  In October of 1964 they were married.  He and Phyllis bowled in many leagues and travelled to a lot of tournaments.  They raised Phyllis’s children Cindy and Tim at their home in Mission.  Ray enjoyed Tim’s playing throughout his baseball career and never missed a game.  He supported Cindy’s 4H Horsemanship and hauled horses to activities.  He continued to support Phyllis’s horse showing after the kids had left home.

After the children grew up they moved to the home in North Juniper Canyon where he was raised.  He avidly supported his granddaughter Shannon on the Helix Track team.  Later in the 90’s they moved to their home in Helix where he was active in the Helix Community Church, the Helix Coffee Club, and participated in potlucks and youth activities.  Phyllis and Ray travelled the US in their RV with long trips to Alaska and Mexico.  They took trips to Hawaii and Norway, and participated in their grandson Dennis’s wedding in England. 

Raphael “Ray” is survived by his wife Phyllis, daughter Susan (Jack) Bascomb, step-daughter Cindy (Robin) Severe, and step-son Tim Newtson.  He was preceded in death by his brother Norman Newtson and his daughter Marsha (Dayton) Hart.  He has six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 

Viewing will be held Friday, August 26, 2016, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton.  Funeral Service will be held Monday, August 29, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Helix Community Church with burial to be held later at 4:00 p.m. at Skyview Memorial Park in Pendleton.  In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in memory of Ray to the Helix Community Church or the Helix Booster Club.  Sign the online condolence book at www.burnsmortuary.com.  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements.

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martha mitchell
   Posted Wed August 24, 2016
May memories of Ray and the love of family surround you and give you strength in the days ahead. Hold tight to your precious memories for comfort, lean on your friends and family for strength, and always remember how much you are loved and how much he loved you.

God Bless,
Martha Mitchell

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