Loy “Ray” Hollenbeak
April 23, 1937- August 17,2021
POLLOCK: Loy “Ray” Hollenbeak, 84 of Pollock, died Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at his home. Ray was born to Loy Ola Hollenbeak and Bessie Mae (Merritt) Hollenbeak.
Ray was delivered by his Aunt Elgie at their home at Sheep Creek on the little Salmon River. Ray was one of six children. He had three brothers (Derl, John “Clinton”, and Clyde) and two sisters (Wilma and Lucille) who all preceded him in his death.
Ray served in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1957 to 1959. Ray married Kitty Anne (Kelley)
Hollenbeak on May 4, 1962. They moved only a few times throughout their 59+ years together
and settled down to raise a family just up the hill from where Ray was born.
Ray and Kitty had two wonderful children, John (Becky) and Susan. Susan blessed them with
two grandchildren, Joshua Mathew Long (Katherine Thomas) and Megan Rayanne Thompson
(Trenton Thompson). Megan and Trenton gave a real spark of joy in their lives when their great
granddaughter, Ellie Rayanne Thompson, was born. He spent a lot of fun times making
memories with his family.
Ray was Logger, construction worker, truck driver, hunter, fisherman, pilot, and storyteller.
Ray loved to share stories and teach his family about hunting, fishing, and camping. Ray often said, “All of my stories are true and some of them actually happened.”
Ray leaves behind his wife, children, grandchildren, and great granddaughter. He also leaves
behind two brother-in-laws (Marvin Voss and Jim Kelley), numerous cousins, nieces, nephews,
and friends. Ray had friends everywhere and had a story to share with everybody he met.
A celebration of life will be held on September 4, 2021, at 1:00 pm, at the Community Center in
Riggins. There will be a dinner following the service. Please bring a side dish or dessert. Also, please bring a story to share about Ray! Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. Send condolences to the family to blackmerfuneralhome.com.