Fr. Randy Phillips
Raymond Francis Dangel was born on Monday, June 21, 1926 to Anthony “Tony” and Theresa H. Dangel in rural Olivet, South Dakota. He attended Pleasanthill country school near Olivet until the 8th grade. On November 27, 1946, Raymond was united in marriage to Agnes Schweltzer at St. Boniface Idywilde Catholic Church in Freeman. In October 1951, Raymond enlisted in the United States Air Force and served as an aircraft and engine mechanic. Upon his honorable discharge, he returned to rural Olivet to farm his family’s land. He also worked as a mechanic for Hellweg Ford Implement and Metlers Implement in Menno and went on to open his own shop on his farm. In 1979, Raymond moved to Valentine, Nebraska and worked for Hellie Implement. In 1986, he moved back to the family farm to work in his workshop until his retirement in 2004. He was a member of the local American Legion and V.F.W. Raymond was an educator at heart, he was always willing to help and teach people various trades; be it farming, mechanics, or otherwise. He was a very patient man.
Raymond passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at Oakview Terrace Nursing Home in Freeman having attained the age of 88 years, 10 months, and 23 days.
He is survived and remembered by his wife of 68 years Agnes Dangel of Freeman; daughters Norma (Joe) Bower of Sioux Falls and Sarah Herrbolt of Sioux Falls; nine grandchildren: Carlotta, Dominick, Carlos, John, Brigette, Samantha, Jacob, Tony, and Fabre; thirteen great-grandchildren; and nephew LaVerne Dangel.
He was preceded in death his by parents, sister Geneva, and brother Clarence.