Raymond C. (Rink) Williams died in his home in Hailey, Idaho, on June 23, 2013. He was born March 30, 1929, in Wheatland, Wyo. Rink was active in the livestock industry for the last 62 years. He bought and sold sheep throughout the Western United States. For even more years, he loved his horses. It is said he could ride before he could walk. Watching his horses win races was Rink’s favorite pastime.
He graduated from Colorado State University in 1951. His career started soon after when he was hired by Armour & Co., in South San Francisco, Calif. He was a partner with John Clay & Co., centered in Ogden, Utah, for several years. For the last 40 years, his base locations were Phoenix, Ariz., and Hailey, Idaho. Rink was on the board of directors of the Arizona Thoroughbred Breeders Association. He was a member of the National Wool Growers and Lamb Feeders Organizations.
On Dec. 31, 1949, he married Phyllis Stewart. They raised their four children in Ogden, Utah.
Preceding Rink in death were his parents, Charles and Shirley Williams; sister, Barbara Burns; and sons Marc Williams and Stewart Williams. Surviving family are his wife, Phyllis; daughter, Rebecca Larson (Marvin Larson); son Curtis Williams (Robyn Kino); seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one nephew and one niece.
A memorial for Rink is planned for Saturday, July 20, from 3-5 p.m. at the family home, 17 Deer Creek Rd., Hailey, Idaho. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice & Palliative Care of the Wood River Valley, Box 4320, Ketchum, Idaho 83340.
Cremation was under the care of Wood River Chapel. Friends are invited to visit www.woodriverchapel.com to share memories, share a photo and light a candle.