Raymond Mayer, 94

Raymond “Ray” Mayer, 94, of Hettinger, passed away at the West River Regional Medical Center in Hettinger on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017.
Funeral service was Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Hettinger Lutheran Church. Rev. Kathleen Dettmann officiated and burial with Full Military Honors followed at the Hettinger Cemetery. Visitations was from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 2 followed by a gathering of family and friends at 7 p.m. all at the Centennial Chapel of Evanson Jensen Funeral Home and one hour prior to the funeral on Tuesday morning at the Lutheran Church.
Ray Mayer was born on Sept. 18, 1923 in Hebron, N.D. to Reinhold and Helen (Veitz) Mayer. He grew up on the family farm south of Antelope, N.D. and attended country school near the farm. Ray enlisted in the US Navy in 1944 and served in the South Pacific on the Naval vessel “Orestes”. He was honorably discharged in June of 1946. After returning from the war, Ray located in Hettinger, working as an electrician. It was there he met his future wife, Edna Hirschmiller and they were united in marriage on Sept. 8, 1951 in Hebron, N.D.
Ray and Edna made their home in Hettinger and began raising a family of five children. They operated a recreation center until 1955, when they opened Edna’s Dress Shop in Hettinger. In 1960, Ray began farming on Edna’s original homestead south of Hettinger. He was a passionate caretaker of the land. Ray enjoyed the planting in the spring and harvesting in the fall. His true enjoyment was his garden, producing vegetables for whomever wanted them. He also enjoyed playing his harmonica and watching his weekly Polka shows. He never achieved his one “bucket list” of seeing Molly Bee in person. Family was important to Ray as he also enjoyed holidays, sporting events and many other activities with his children and grandchildren.
Grateful for having shared in Ray’s life are his son, Bruce Mayer, of Hetinger, N.D., his daughter, Cheryl (Duane) Krivarchka, of Lisbon, N.D., son, Rod Mayer, of Vadnais Heights, Minn., son, David Mayer, of Chanhassen, MN and son Brad (Deidra) Mayer, of Beaumont, Texas; six grandchildren, Joshua (Pam) Krivarchka, Matthew (Megan) Krivarchka, Joe (Becca) Krivarchka, Stephanie (Kevin) Herbert, Jaxin and Brooke Mayer; six great grandchildren, Teddy, Emmett, Breck, Sylvia, Carson and Baylor; brothers, Reiny, Wilbert and Edgar; sisters, Ruth and Lorraine. Ray was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Edna, three brothers and one sister.