Ray and Eva Youngbauer


Eva Buckingham Youngbauer, age 93, of Miles City, Montana, joined her husband, Ray Youngbauer, on Thursday, March 27, 2014.

Eva was born on September 20, 1920 in Terry Montana to Roy and Myrtle Bice Buckingham. The family lived in Terry where Eva attended all 12 grades of school, graduating from high school in 1938 at the age of 17. Since she was too young, she spent a year being a secretary before attending the Holy Rosary School of Nursing in Miles City for 3 years. Eva graduated as a RN in 1942. 

While a student and on a blind date in 1941 she met Ray Youngbauer. During her nursing career, Eva worked in the Terry hospital while Ray was away in World War II. Upon his return, she worked in private care and floor nursing in Miles City.

Eva was an active member of the First Baptist where she taught Sunday school for many years. She volunteered and loved to bowl for many years. All her life, she enjoyed being wife, mother, grandmother, family member and friend to all.

Eva was preceded in death by her parents and 9 siblings. She is survived by many nieces and nephews and their families; her sister’s son, Richard and wife, Donna Murphy of Miles City are one of the families. Eva was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Ray Youngbauer. 

Ray Youngbauer, age 93, of Miles City, Montana, preceded his wife Eva in death on Tuesday, July 24, 2013, in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. Ray’s ashes have been waiting for Eva to join him.

Ray was born on December 12, 1919, in Miles City, Montana, to Joseph and Gladys Youngbauer.

During his long life, Ray lived in Crow Rock, Forsyth and Miles City where he attended schools until 1933. Supporting his family, he starting to work in a coal mine and then at the Highway Department of Custer County until 1942.

In August 1942 he enlisted in the Army; he served in the European Theater including D-day until September of 1945. He was awarded 2 Purples Hearts.

From 1949 until 1998, he and Eva owned Youngbauer Excavating and Dirt Work Company. Ray’s life was spent serving the community and surrounding areas with his digging and building skills.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers, John and Gale. He is survived by his brother, Pat and wife Joan of Lewistown and many nieces and nephews and their families.

Eva and Ray are survived by their daughter: Judy Youngbauer Branum, their granddaughters: Sheila Branum Oakes-Arnett and her sons, Nathan Oakes and Flint Arnett; and Risa Branum Eckardt and her husband Michael, and their children, Joey and Leah.

Ray and Eva met on a blind date in 1941 and married on January 24, 1944 in Miles City Montana. They briefly lived in North Carolina before Ray was shipped out to Europe during World War II. On his return they lived in Miles City at 924 Tatro until 2007. Their love was rewarded with the birth of their only child, Judy Youngbauer Branum in 1947. In 1963 their first granddaughter, Sheila Branum Oakes-Arnett was born followed by another granddaughter, Risa Branum Eckardt (Michael) in 1967. They had to wait for many years to meet Sheila’s first, son, Nathan Oakes in 1991, their first great-grandson followed by Flint Arnett in 2000. In 1999, Risa and her husband, Michael’s son Joseph followed by his sister, Leah in 2000 joined the family as great-grandchildren. Their daughter, granddaughters and great-grandchildren visited often to enjoy the western culture of Montana.

In 2005 Ray and Eva moved into the Miles City Friendship Ville and enjoyed the wonderful care, food, music and friends. They then lived with their daughter in Belle Fourche, South Dakota for the past 7 years. A dog, “Molly” and a Cat “CAT” were their constant companions along with loving caregivers, Rita Langer and family, Lynn Goodall, and Christina Acevedo. Life was good!!!!!

A celebration of Eva and Ray’s life will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Miles City. Visitation will be on Saturday, April 12 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at Stevenson & Son Funeral Home in Miles City followed by a graveside service at 11:00 a.m. at the Custer County Cemetery. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.