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520 S. Main St., PO Box 363
Platte, SD 57369
Phone: 605-337-3857
Fax: 605-337-2374
Raymond Janish

Raymond Mathias "Ray" Janish

Wednesday, April 29th, 1925 - Monday, April 13th, 2020
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Raymond Mathias Janish, 94, of Kimball, SD passed away Monday, April 13, 2020 at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton, SD. A Memorial Mass for family and friends will be held at a later date. A private family Committal Service will take place at St. Margaret’s Catholic Cemetery.

Raymond Mathias Janish was born on April 29, 1925 to John and Clara (Heirigs) Janish on the family farm west of Tripp, SD. He attended Kimball High School and went on to a career in farming that spanned 76 years. On August 23, 1965 Ray was united in marriage to Doris Marie Talich at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Kimball.

Ray was a member of St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, served on the Kimball School Board, the Waldro Township Board and volunteered at the SD Tractor Museum. He enjoyed playing cards, bowling, dinners at the Senior Center and visiting with friends. Ray loved spending time with family, especially his grandkids.

Ray was a selfless man with a huge heart. He was always full of JOY; serving Jesus first, others second, and himself last. He was a good steward of God’s creation in that he loved his cattle, raised crops and a garden. His philosophy in life was “to leave this world a better place than when he found it.” He loved to see the world and traveled to many places. Each summer, he would take the family and his mother-in-law on a two-week vacation to various sections of the United States. The sticker map of the US on the back of the 1972 Concord Motor Home was completely filled in by the time he was 70 years old, having visited all fifty states.

Ray always had a cupful of wisdom to share. He took great pride in being a good provider and caregiver to his family. He cared for his mother and younger sisters as he took on the responsibility of managing the family farm at the age of 17 after his father died. Even though he did not graduate from high school, he educated himself by reading many books, especially about history. He bought his mother a house in Kimball before marrying at the age of 40. The world said he was ‘too old’ to marry and raise a family, but he did not live according to the world’s standards. God richly blessed him with five daughters, ‘Daddy’s sweethearts’ he would say and a long full life with his wife, Doris.

Ray trusted in the Lord’s providence and was able to live on the family farm up until the age of 93. Prior to his death, he resided in the Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton, where he was close to family.

Grateful for having shared in Ray’s life: his wife of over 54 years, Doris Janish of Yankton, SD; five daughters and 13 grandchildren: daughter, Debra Lynn (Chris) Madsen – Paige of Sioux Fall, SD, daughter, Jodi Lea (Kevin) Loecker – Luke and Kyle of O’Neill, NE, daughter, Julie Rae (Bob) Steffen – Lauren, Anna, Claire and Jordan of Crofton, NE, daughter, Darla Kay (Bill) Heimes – Lane, Cole, Jason, Nathan, Caleb and Amanda of Hartington, NE, and daughter, Kari Jo Janish of Brookings, SD; three brothers-in-law: Wally McGregor of Kimball, SD, Bill (Wendy) Talich of Mesa, AZ and Dennis (Barb) Talich of Pine Bluffs, WY; along with many nieces and nephews.

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, John and Clara Janish; seven siblings: Albert (Lorraine) Janish, Sr., Lorretta (Walter) Fuegen, Louis (Dorothy) Janish, Leona (Bill) Young, Maxine (Bob) White, Margaret (Ed) Reuland and Clara McGregor; and parents-in-law, William and Vera (Vander Voort) Talich.

Memorials in Ray’s honor may be directed to: St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, PO Box 137, Kimball, SD 57355.
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    St. Margaret's Catholic Cemetery
    KIMBALL, SD 57355
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    A private family Committal Service was held at 11:30 A.M. Thursday, April 16, 2020.
A Memorial Mass for family and friends will be held at a later date.


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Mary Kay McNary

Posted at 07:26pm
Mary Kay McNary, niece of Uncle Ray—-I want to add that he had at least one Hudson car way back in the 50’s. I looked them up and it brought back memories of seeing him pulling up to our house in Mitchell. His car was always clean as a whistle—-he used to say!!!!!

Mary Kay NcNary

Posted at 05:47pm
I am the eldest grandchild of Grandpa John and Clara Janish. My mom Leona was his sister. I have the most memories because I was the oldest. I loved being on the farm in Kimball with my younger cousins. It was always so much fun. UNCLE RAY was a great guy. If you wanted something to get done you asked him!!!! He was the hardest worker you ever saw and was a most successful farmer. I learned a lot from him as to if you have chores, get that done first and then you can play. HE ALWAYS HAD A BIG SMILE ON HIS FACE WHEN HE SAW YOU!! He gave me chores to do that helped grandma—-getting the cold food in the underground cellar, feeding chickens, sweeping, and helping her with the cooking and setting the table. I was so happy when he married Doris and had his own family .
GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU. Mary Kay Young McNary and husband Norm. We are so so sorry for your loss .

Dawn Luckett

Posted at 11:21pm
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Bill and Donna Picek

Posted at 09:14pm
Dear Doris and Family,
This is one of the nicest obituaries we have ever read...
We do remember Ray as being kind and caring.
What a gift from God.
You were blessed.
Bill and Donna (Folan) Picek

Rocky Jones

Posted at 12:36pm
Rocky and Mabel Jones: Doris and family we are sorry that you have lost your husband, father and grandad. It was a pleasure to work and know Ray and his family. Mabel and I still have the 25th anniversary silver coins you gave us many years ago. The good Lord be with you and yours . Rocky

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