Raymond Alfred Prien


October 15, 1932 - August 16, 2015



Raymond Alfred Prien was born October 15, 1932 to Gustav and Minnie (Blume) Prien near rural Dimock. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church near Dimock.  As a child he moved near Plankinton for several years and then moved with his family to his parent’s farm near Stickney. He graduated from the 8th grade in 1948 from Bohr Country School in Truro Township. He married Eleanor Justra on April 6, 1961 in Letcher. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2011. They lived on the family farm near Stickney until 1996 when they moved into Stickney.

He served many capacities as a member of the Moose Lodge, held a position on the Aurora County Weed Board for twenty-five years and was still actively serving at the time of his death. He took great pride in his family farming operation and raising his family. He loved spending time with his family and attending the events of his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his brother, Elmer, Crossville, TN; sister, Mabel Schmit, Winner, SD; five children: Linda (Jr) Assmus, Plankinton, Kelvin (Bonny) Prien, Stickney, Ronnie (Darla) Prien, Stickney, Kim (Jason) Wallman, Wessington, Fred (Michelle) Prien, Mitchell;  fourteen grandchildren: Angela (Jordan) Feenstra, Eric Assmus, Daniel (Heidi) Prien, Aaron Assmus, Barbara (Aaron) Wright, Traci (Craig) Namken, Shelby Assmus, Joel Prien, Kara Prien, Charles Prien, Tanner Wallman, Avarie Prien, Brylee Wallman and Brystal Wallman; four great-grandchildren: Ashtyn and Gage Feenstra, Tatum Wright and Nash Prien and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many very good friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Eleanor in 2011, three brothers: Frederick, Norman, Walter; four sisters:  Esther Simpson, Agnes Prien, Marie Crater, Bertha Crater, his father and mother-in-law, Charles & Albina (Swobada) Justra and four brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law.



Wednesday, August 19, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Saint Paul Lutheran Church
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
Stickney, South Dakota


Thursday, August 20, 2015
10:30 AM
Saint Paul Lutheran Church
Stickney, South Dakota


Butler Cemetery
Thursday, August 20, 2015 ~ 1:30 PM
Letcher, South Dakota

entry posted by Patty (Smith) Sudtelgte on 08-25-2015
Ray and Eleanor were exceptional people. They are now together again in heaven. Condolences to your family.
entry posted by Bruce Bohr on 08-20-2015
I thoroughly enjoyed accidentally meeting Ray at the restaurant in Stickney a few years ago during a Bohr family reunion. We both enjoyed sharing our knowledge of the history of my grandfather's former farm. Ray obviously loved the land. May he rest in peace.
entry posted by Glenda and Rich Norman on 08-19-2015
So very sorry to hear about Ray. We are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
entry posted by Don and Lois Schmoll on 08-19-2015
Our hearts and prayers go out to Uncle Ray's family. He will be greatly missed! Treasure the memories.
entry posted by Dan Andrews on 08-18-2015
I am so sorry. He was a great uncle and a great man.
entry posted by Marcia Blume on 08-18-2015
You will be missed, with you will be with Eleanor. May God Bless Your Memory.
entry posted by Gene Fastnacht on 08-18-2015
Jerauld Co Weed Supervisor... I had the pleasure of spending time with Ray at the State and District Weed meetings, it was always good to see him and visit. Gods Peace and Comfort...
entry posted by Paul & Judy Merriman on 08-18-2015
Thinking about the entire Prien family and sending lots of love and prayers your way. Ray was an amazing guy and will be missed by many. May he rest in peace!
entry posted by Lana Stickland on 08-18-2015
Sympathy to the family from The Insurance Center, Winner SD
entry posted by Leroy and Sherrie Prien on 08-18-2015
Rest in peace! You will be missed.
entry posted by Eugene Bolka on 08-18-2015
From USDA Forest Service, Mystic Ranger District. Had some great times at the weed conferences and Ray will be missed. Our prayers are with his family members.
entry posted by Dewayne Bennett on 08-18-2015
from gregory coumty weed & pest he was always a joy at the conference meetings and other function could always count on his level head no matter how heated the arguing got.
entry posted by Dewayne Bennett on 08-18-2015
from gregory coumty weed & pest he was always a joy at the conference meetings and other function could always count on his level head no matter how heated the arguing got.
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