Ray was a dairy farmer whose career began when he was a 4-H member and recipient of the Mille Lacs County 4-H Creamery Calf Award. This registered calf was the start of his registered dairy herd something of which he was quite proud. His farm, named Milo Lea Farm, became well known in the dairy farm community. Ray and Betty would often have other dairy farmers stop in unannounced to see his cows. This was usually followed by inviting them in for a cup of coffee and some homemade baked goods or maybe his favorite treat- a bowl of ice cream.
Ray was also an active member of the Milaca Evangelical Free Church where he attended regularly and held many church offices and positions. After his retirement from milking cows, he became involved with the Gideon Organization, which provides Bibles in hotels, schools, and other places. He also led a Bible study at local jails and prisons.
He was known to be a great storyteller and public speaker. He had a way of making people laugh at his jokes and used his stories to make a serious life point, as well as to entertain others. He was a big sports fan including baseball and football, especially the Minnesota Gophers Football Team.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; son, Dan (Julie); daughter, Nancy (Ted); grandchildren, Teddy, Chelsie (Jacob), Brad, Mara (Steven); great-grandchildren, Emmelin, Maverick, and Jaeger; brother, Kenneth Edgren.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Arvid and Hazel Edgren; brother, Howard Edgren, and grandson, Brandon Edgren.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 16, 2023 at 1 PM at Milaca Ev. Free Church. Interment will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.