Ray was born on November 7,1933, to Joseph and Mary(neeZimmerman)Hofmann in Humboldt. He was raised on the family farm east of Muenster, and attended St. Francis School. Farming was his life, along with his family. On October 16, 1963, Ray married Millie Stroeder. They made their home on the Hofmann homestead where they raised their family of five, Morris, Doug, Boyd, Todd and Kenda. Ray farmed his entire life, except for a short time in 1951, when he and a friend went to work on the Estevan Power Dam with Graham Construction. While farming he also worked at Home-All Building Centre in Humboldt which he loved. As an avid sports fan, Ray travelled all over the province either coaching or umpiring ball in addition to coaching hockey. A proud moment in his life was when he was chosen “Umpire-in-Chief” for the Saskatchewan Junior ‘A’ Playoffs. Ray enjoyed being involved in his community and served on the boards of the Muenster Wheat Pool, Muenster Curling Club, Muenster Sports Club, Muenster Recreation Board, as well as on the Parish Council and Liturgy Committee. He was a member of the finance committee for the building of both the Muenster Community Centre and Muenster Curling rink. As well, Ray was a member of the Muenster Elks and Program Director for the Knights of Columbus. Music and singing were two of his great passions; he sang with St. Peter’s Adult Chorus, acted as music director in the Muenster Parish, and also sang with the Muenster Senior Choir. He was very proud of his involvement in the creation and publication of the Muenster History Book in 2003. In 2006, Ray and Millie retired and moved into Muenster into a home they designed themselves. More than anything, Ray’s greatest passion was his family and grandchildren. He also enjoyed landscaping, gardening, woodworking, setting puzzles, and talking history with friends and family.