Raymond Benjamin Boelman, 94, Ellsworth, died Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, at his home.
A funeral service was Tuesday, Dec. 22, at the Zion Presbyterian Church in Ellsworth. Burial was at the Grand Prairie Cemetery in Ellsworth.
Raymond Boelman was born Nov. 24, 1921, to Rudolph and Tillie (Mennen) Boelman in Ash Creek. He attended school in Ash Creek.
Ray married Adeline Hisken on Oct. 6, 1944, at Zion Presbyterian Church in Ellsworth. The couple farmed west of Ellsworth beginning in 1945, where they raised their three children. In 1955 he and Adeline farmed near Kanaranzi until he retired from farming. He also worked at the Ellsworth School for fifteen years.
In retirement, Ray and Adeline split their time between warm Texas winters and beautiful Minnesota summers. Ray loved the outdoors. The family spent summer vacations on Minnesota lakes and traveled to Florida, Montana, New York, Arizona and Europe to visit family. Ray enjoyed fishing and was an avid gardener and animal lover. He will be remembered for his kindness and strong work ethic.
Ray is survived by his wife, Adeline Boelman, Ellsworth; two children, Daryle Boelman, Florence, Montana; and Mary (Dan) Setness, Torrington, Connecticut; nine grandchildren, Scott (Angie) Boelman, Billings, Montana; Susan Boelman, Florence, Montana; Shawn (Amy) Boelman, Corvallis, Montana; Steven (Susie) Boelman, Missoula, Montana; Alex (Christine) Setness, Scarsdale, New York; Krister Setness, New York, New York; Jeff (Doreen) Heikes, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Brian (Tena) Heikes, Brandon, South Dakota; and Melissa (Tyler) Artlip, Bismarck, North Dakota; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great- grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Gloria; a son-in-law, Ron Heikes; a daughter-in-law, Jean Boelman; two brothers, Marvin and Eddie Boelman; and several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, half-brothers and half-sisters.
Arrangements were by Dingmann Funeral Home of Luverne, dingmannandsons.com