Raymond “Ole” Mounts, age 85, died at Perham Living on March 21, 2018 surrounded by his family. Ole was born January 17, 1933 to Joseph “Pete” and Edith (McLeod) Mounts in Ottertail, MN. He attended grade school in Ottertail and graduated from Perham High School in 1950. He was then drafted into the Army in April of 1953, serving state side for two years.
On March 21st, 1958 he was united in marriage to Janet Carpenter, and had two children, Melanie and James. Ole was a farmer, he raised cows and pigs on his small farm. He was also a carpenter, he built many homes and cabins in the Ottertail area. Ole was a rural mail carrier for the city of Ottertail for 28 years. After retirement from the post office in 1994, he continued in the carpentry business until his “hammering arm” gave out and he had to retire.
On June 8, 1982 he married Marilyn Frederick. They built their home in the woods where he was born and lovingly named it “Lost Acres”
Ole served as the Mayor of Ottertail City for twenty-eight years. He was awarded Ottertail’s “Outstanding Citizen Award” in 1997 for his years of service to the community. He served on the “Sewer Board” from its beginning until his health forced him to retire in 2015. He was a member of the Ottertail Fire department from 1959 until he hung up his helmet in 1992. He was also a member of the Ottertail Rod and Gun Club. Ole loved baseball, countryside baseball was a big part of Ole’s life. He not only played but also managed baseball for many years. He was a talented artist and enjoyed painting wild life, horses, and any animal.
After retirement, Ole spent many hours cutting and splitting wood for the fire place. He and Marilyn took an annual fishing trip to Canada each summer. Ole enjoyed duck hunting with his nephew Eric in Dalton, and their trips to Montana deer hunting. He also enjoyed his hunting trips to North Dakota with Dwayne and friends each fall. He went deer hunting each fall locally with family and friends through the years and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Robert Mounts, sister-in-law Ona Mounts, and brother-in-law Harvey Geiser.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; daughter, Melanie (Gary) Foss; son, James (Loreley) Mounts; three step-children: Lisa (Dwayne) Augustus, Cyndi (Frank) Wicks, Paul Frederick; sisters: Joanne Geiser and Marian (Tom) Danielson, six grandchildren: Jaemey Guck, Brad (Justine) Guck, Jessica (Don) Galbrecht, Tracy (Brandon) Marsh, Megan (T-Jay) Schmitz, and Tony Guck (Nichole), six step-grandchildren: Elleota Wicks (Shane), Michael Wicks, Elizabeth Augustus, Danielle Augustus, Hannah Augustus, and Mia Wicks; fourteen great-grandchildren: Parker, Ally, Morgan and Miley Guck, Dylan and Easton Guck, Brooklyn Guck, Jaidyn, Levi, Makenna and Ava Marsh, Quinn and Zander Schmitz, and Penelope Guck, and one-step great grandchild Jacob Listberger.
Thank you to Pine Harbor at Perham Living for the care you gave Ole for the last couple years.
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