Raymond Alvin Bucholz, 95 of Martin, SD passed away on December 8, 2020 at the Bennett County Hospital.
He was born July 20, 1925 in Tyndall, SD. The oldest son of Jake and Mamie (Hinzman) Bucholz.
Ray grew up and worked on his parents’ farm through school. In 1946 he was drafted and served in the United States Army/Air Corps-stationed at the Aleutian Islands in Alaska and received a WWII Victory Medal.
On March 24, 1954, Ray married Mary Lou Hagler in Tuthill, SD. They made their home in Martin, SD. To this marriage they had 3 sons: Ron-Don and Stuart and 1 daughter: Colette.
Throughout his years Ray worked for the Forestry Service-Standard Fuel Station-Co-op-Mueller’s Feed Mill-Bennett County Highway Dept and SD State Dept of Transportation until his retirement.
Living through the Great Depression-World War II and the manual-hard labor of Farming he never took things for granted. A strong work ethic and his memory “taking you back in time” was something his family never tired of. Basically, his simple life was how he liked it.
His love for listening and playing music(polkas)-traveling (Wyoming mountains) and visiting his kids and keeping track of his grandkids with a routine phone call comforted him.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Mary Lou, son Don, brother Earl and sister Norma Cummings. Surviving is his brother Robert (Marj) Martin, SD; Sons: Ronald (Carol) Charlo, MT; Stuart (Donell) Martin, SD; daughter: Colette Palmer (Tim) Martin, SD; Grandchildren: Wes-Jeff-Brenna-Jessica-Scott-Brad-Christian-Catelyn-Christina-Dustin-Trisha-Tonya-Timberly-Tina-Taylor, their spouses, 32 Great Grandchildren and 1 Great-Great Grandchild along with nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 11:00 AM at the New American Legion in Martin, SD. Burial will follow at the Martin Community Cemetery. Bennett County Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.
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