Raymond Obert Bakken was born May 23, 1937 in Park Rapids, Minnesota, the son of Theodore and Dorothy (Beeman) Bakken. He passed away September: 24, 2022 at home, in Waubun.
Ray grew up in the Otter Tail County, then later the Ponsford area, worked majority of his years as a mechanic.
In 1959 Ray was united in marriage to LaVon DeGroat. To this union four children were born. They made their home in Ponsford & moved to Waubun in 1991. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, karaoke, and being with his family & friends.
Ray is survived by his sisters: Louise Anderson, Betty Haas Children: Debra Bakken, Robert (Joanne) Bakken, Rhoda Bakken; grandchildren: Cory Bakken, Shaun (Tiffany) Parker, Robert Bakken Jr., LaVon (Chad) Larson, Justin (Danielle) Soyring, Joshua Parker, Marion St. Clair, Felecia Cellette; 26 great grandchildren; 2 great- great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, & extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Theodore and Dorothy Bakken; brothers: Harold (Butch), Stanley and Benjamin; sister: Irene Niemi; wife: LaVon Bakken, daughter: Cleo Parker; grandson: Roman Bakken.
Ray was an everything to anything mechanic. Had a natural brain for fixing machines. No machine was too big or too small.
He loved to be outside, staying busy. When money got short, he went to the woods: logging, ricing, sawmill, hunting, fishing and so much more. With love and patience of a saint, dragging, his babies, grand and greats outdoors.
Love for his family was priceless and in his later years, after his wife’s passing was an avid karaoke fan, spending time with his friends and family, enjoying the tunes.