Son of Park B. Beatty and Laura R. Ralston. Although born in CA, he spent his early childhood in the mining towns of CO, where his father, a propsector and mine owner, had moved the family. Ray graduated from Oregon Agricultural College, and later moved to PA. He first married Lura P. Wingett, who died in 1955. They had at least one child, James Oliver. In 1958, he wed Mary L. Hooks, who had previously been married to a Mr. Adams. The couple settled in Kittanning, PA.