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Raymond Thomas Hersman

All are invited for luncheon and fellowship immediately following the funeral service at
The Center ~ 900 Whiting Drive, Yankton, SD
Fr. Gerald Thury, Wake Service and Committal Service
Fr. Mark Lichter, Funeral Mass
Organist ~ Shirley Jennewein
Music by Yankton Catholic
Community Funeral Choir
All of Ray’s Pinochle-Playing Friends
Ken Weisser
Rex Weisser
Mike Ferwerda
Tom Ranek
Ron Humpal
Dean Putnam
Raymond Thomas “Ray” Hersman was born on  Wednesday, February 12, 1930 in Scotland, South Dakota to Joseph and Emilie (Magera) Hersman. He graduated from Tyndall High School in 1948 and worked at Riven’s Store until 1955. Ray began working in food service in the Dietary Department at the Human Services Center in Yankton, where he worked until 1992. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. Ray loved to dance and play pinochle and prepare Bohemian food. To many, especially at Sacred Heart Church, he was known as “the Pie Man.” He volunteered at The Center, where he always made potato dumplings. On Fridays, he enjoyed working with his brother Joe in the garden. Ray passed away on Monday, May 31, 2010, having attained the age of 80 years, 3 months and 19 days. Ray will be remembered for his kindness throughout his life, and that spirit of giving continued beyond his passing with the generous donation of his organs that will benefit many.
Ray is survived by two brothers: Ernie Hersman of Hermosa and Joseph (Sue) Hersman of Tyndall; two sisters: Caroline Weisser of Yankton and Helen (Layton) Ferwerda of Yankton; eight nieces and nephews: Kathy Ewing, Ken Weisser, Lori Ranek, Rex Weisser, Tina Humpal, Ginger Kortan, Mary Ferwerda and Michael Ferwerda; many step-nieces and nephews; and friends too numerous to mention.
Ray is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Emilie Hersman, and a brother, Robert J. Hersman.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for The Center in Yankton.

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I worked at HSC with Ray for many years. He was always an upbeat man with a big laugh. On my first day at the hospital as I was, going through the lunch line---I dropped my tray full of food and dishes on the floor. I felt like the biggest fool in the world. Ray came around the serving line and laughted and said don't worry--we've got lots of food and dishes. He proceded to get me a new tray and made me feel like much less of a fool. He will be missed.

Jim Steckelberg Jun 5 2010 5:57 AM

I was shocked to hear of Ray's death because he always came to the suppers that the Human Services Center employees who retired from there have every month. We had supper with him at CJ's at the Lake just 3 weeks ago. My former husband and Ray were friends and that is how I got acquainted with him and we went to many dances together where we all enjoyed dancing with him because he was such a good dancer. We shared stories of our many years working at the hospital and the mutual friends that we had. He will truly be missed by all that knew him. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Sharon and Jim Scott Jun 3 2010 6:38 PM

Ray was a dear friend...from the time he was a friend of my brothers while working at SD Human Services Center to being the operater there and at Sacred Heart on through being a great guy at the Center. I know of kind things he was doing quitely in the community also. His hearty laugh and willingness to help will be missed. Our community has lost a quiet hero.

Peggy Schiedel Jun 3 2010 7:12 AM

Ray was one of a Kind. A very Kind and caring person. Always a smile for everyone. I enjoyed him as a co-worker at Human Service Center for many years. Ray will truly be missed by all who have known him. My Sympathy to all his Family and to Joe and Sue whom I have become to know when living in Tyndall. God Bless. Gert

Gertrude Shippy Jun 3 2010 6:12 AM

Helen,,,,my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this most difficult time.

Deloris Vilhauer Spaid Jun 3 2010 4:50 AM

I originally knew Ray when he worked at the Human Services Center. He was always so cheerful and friendly to everyone; well liked by his co-workers. Later, I came to know Ray at The Center where he volunteered tirelessly and brought his humor, smile and laughter to everyone. He was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathy to Ray's family.

Kay Kasulka Jun 2 2010 6:46 PM

I worked with Ray at the Human Services Center. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all. We are sorry for your loss.

Brian & Connie (Jezek) Tinney Jun 2 2010 10:28 AM

Ray was my boss for many years at the Human Services Center and he was a great boss. I remember many times he would find the humor in something that maybe wasn't too funny. He had a very infectious laughter and was always very good to everyone he met. I remember his homemade fudge at almost anytime of the year that he was game to make some and also once in awhile a homemade apple pie and his homemade dumplings. Ray's family was also a very important part of his life and you could always tell that he was a very important part of their life. I know that he will be dancing the great polka in his place of rest. Ray will be greatly missed by our family, and he will leave a void in my heart. Our condolences to the family and just know that we will be keeping you all in our prayers.

Darrell and Fay Vitek Jun 2 2010 5:18 AM