Raymond Alvin Bucholz, 95, of Martin, S.D., passed away on December 8, 2020, at the Bennett County Hospital.
He was born July 20, 1925, in Tyndall, S.D. The oldest son of Jake and Mamie (Hinzman) Bucholz.
Ray grew up and worked on his parent’s 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, S.D. They made their home in Martin. To this marriage they had three sons, Ron-Don and Stuart and one daughter, Colette.
Throughout his years Ray worked for the Forestry Service, Standard Fuel Station, Co-op, Mueller’s Feed Mill, Bennett County Highway Department and S.D. State Department 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, grandson Jason, brother Earl and sister Norma Cummings. Surviving is his brother Robert (Marj), Martin; sons, Ronald (Carol) Charlo, Mont.; Stuart (Donell), Martin; daughter, Colette Palmer (Tim), Martin; grandchildren, Wes, Jeff, Brenna, Jessica, Scott, Brad, Christian, Catelyn, Christina, Dustin, Trisha, Tonya, Timberly, Tina, Taylor, their spouses; 32 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild along with nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 12, at 11:00 a.m. at the New American Legion in Martin. Burial will follow at the Martin Community Cemetery. Bennett County Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.