On April 13th, Teddy Ray Anthony was reunited with his long term girlfriend, Nickie Rafter, in everlasting life.
He was born February 10, 1959, to Violet and Joseph Anthony in Sheridan, WY. He was the younger brother to Dan (Eva) Anthony in Billings, Margaret (Terry) Jones in Jackson, WY, and Larry (Marcella) Anthony in Helena. He was the older brother to Terry (Doreen) Anthony in Billings, CT (Lee) Anthony in Charlotte, NC, Susan Anthony-Van Luchene In Billings, and Vicky (Deon) Root in Great Mills, MD. He also had a very special relationship with Nickie’s sister, Kathy, and her husband, Dr. Pat Armstrong, in Chester, MT. Family was the single most important thing to Teddy. Despite his limitations, he doted on his mom daily. Even though some of his siblings were miles away, he kept in close contact with each of them.
Teddy also developed close personal friendships with five dynamic ladies who worked in fields that served him with his special needs: Gloria Trevizo, Sandra Cleveland, Teddee Cuomo, Melissa Hoffman and Patti Althoff.
His nephew (Travis Van Luchene) and his girlfriend (Alexandria Higareda) along with her son (Ryan Barnhart) were very instrumental in providing care for him so he could remain in the family home the last years of his life. He was the proud uncle, great uncle, and great-great uncle to numerous nieces and nephews. He was especially proud to be the uncle of Travis and his brother, Vance (Kara) Van Luchene. Since he was unable to have children of his own he felt these two nephews were like sons to him because he was with them as they grew up. He considered Elliot and Peter Van Luchene to be like grandsons. They brought him laughter and joy throughout their lives.
Growing up Teddy played the piano, bowled, played Little League baseball, and was active in Boy Scouts with CT and Terry. He was a huge fan of MSU football and was able to attend a couple of games with Susan. He really enjoyed attending “Growth Through Art” weekly and then giving his creations to people he loved.
Teddy graduated from Billings Senior High School. For 20 years he worked at Billings Clinic Hospital in housekeeping. From there he began working for COR Enterprises until his passing. When Teddy wasn’t working he enjoyed fishing, Nascar, watching movies and sports, listening to country music, and dancing . He made friends with everyone he met and made lasting impressions that make him unforgettable! To know Teddy is to love Teddy.
I would like to thank:
Billings Clinic Hospital, especially Cody, for the quality care you gave to Teddy while he was there. The Riverstone Hospice team for providing outstanding care for him so he could remain comfortable and happy in his own home. Because of your dedication he never suffered and passed away peacefully.
I would also like to extend my deepest gratitude to Dr. Christopher Kerrigan for not giving up on Teddy and giving me these last two years with my big brother.
Teddy Ray, we will forever miss you and our hearts ache from your absence here on earth. I hope you and Nickie are enjoying the dance. “Adi’os”
A memorial service will be held at COR Enterprises on Wednesday, April 25th, at 1:00 PM A private family gathering will be held at a later date to honor his memory.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to his mom, Violet Anthony, 4172 Ryan Ave. Billings, MT 59101. Condolences may be left here on this website.