Raymond C. Chatfield was born May 12, 1921 in Worley, Idaho to Harry and Wilma Chatfield. Ray grew up in Lane, Idaho.
He graduated in 1938 from Rose Lake High School, and then served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a soldier at the Battle of the Bulge.
He married Helen Strobel in 1944. They raised their four sons: Ray, Gary, Dick and Steve in Rose Lake.
Raymond spent his life in the timber industr, and was one of the founding members of the Associated Logging Contractors. One of his early logging accomplishments was cutting a 10,000 board foot white pine with a crosscut saw. He spent most of his career logging the Coeur d'Alene River drainage. He was an independent logger and timber buyer until his retirement.
After his retirement Ray enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting migratory waterfowl. He also planted wild rice for the waterfowl in the sloughs where he hunted.
Raymond was preceded in death by his son Gary, brother Harry Chatfield, and sister Henrietta Tillman. He is survived by his wife Helen Chatfield of Coeur d'Alene, Ray and Gail Chatfield of Rose Lake, Dick and Judy Chatfield of Hayden Lake, and Steve and Robin Chatfield of Pinehurst.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 18, 2009 at Yates Funeral Home in Coeur d'Alene at 2pm. Yates Funeral Homes has been entrusted with the care of final arrangements.
In lieu of flowers donation can be made in Ray's memory to the Rose Lake Historical Society 14917 Queen St. Cataldo, Idaho 83810 or Parkinson Research Foundation P.O. Box 20256 Sarasota, FL 34276 www.parkinsonresearchfoundation.org.