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Ray DeJong

Raymond DeJong, 76, of Dell Rapids, SD passed away Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at the Dells Nursing Home.

Ray was born November 29, 1940 in Chester, South Dakota to George and Anna (Bethlehem) DeJong. Ray grew up in the Chester/Colton area and graduated from Colton High School. Ray was united in marriage to Joan Simonsen on October 22, 1965 and resided in Brookings from 1965 till 2003 until they built their new home in Dell Rapids. Ray worked at Sioux Valley Energy for 50 years until he retired as the Operations Manager in 2010.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Joan of 52 years, 2 daughters and son-in-laws and 4 grandchildren. Ann & Reid Paulson (Brynn & Lauren), Marshall, MN, Kris & Josh Smith (Luke & Jack), Sioux Falls, SD. As well as sister Frieda Bos, Beresford, SD, and sister-in-law Gertrude DeJong, Colton, SD and brother-in-laws Verlyn Rentschler, Egan, SD, Gene Basset, Belle Fourche, SD, brother-in-law Donald Simonson (Karen), Chester, SD and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and in-laws (Einar & Emma Simonsen); siblings, Jake DeJong, Charlie DeJong, George DeJong, Thres Burgers, Dorothy Swier, Susan Bassett, and Anna Rentschler.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Rodney Park Memorial Scholarship (Sioux Valley Energy's Scholarship program).

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, November 13, 2017 at St. Joseph the Workman (Huntimer) Catholic Church 46402 245th St. Colton, SD with burial in St. Joseph Cemetery. Visitation will be at Minnehaha Funeral Home, Dell Rapids, SD from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Sunday, with a prayer service starting at 4:00pm.

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Published in The Argus Leader on Nov. 10, 2017
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