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Raymond Charles Rokusek
Raymond Rokusek, age 78 of Yankton, South Dakota, passed away Thursday, May 13, 2021 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, South Dakota.
Raymond was born on August 23, 1942 in Yankton. He attended school in Tyndall, SD. He married Norma Svatos on August 15, 1965 in Yankton. Ray was drafted into the Army and honorably discharged after serving as a mechanic. Ray worked at Western Electric, before he and Norma moved to Mitchell and bought the Chief Motel. While in Mitchell, Ray also worked at Dakota Manufacturing. When they moved back to Yankton in 1993, Ray worked as a welder at Kolberg/Pioneer in Yankton.
He taught his kids the value of good work ethic and many other life lessons. He was proud of his Bohemian heritage and loved to Polka. He was instrumental in bringing the Polka Festival to Mitchell. He enjoyed being in his workshop working on projects to make his life easier by working smarter instead of harder. A good example would be the infamous hedge trimmer that was admired by many passersby.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton.
Survivors include his wife, Norma, of 56 years; four children: Mark (Sandra) of Gillette, WY, Greg (Jennifer) of Centennial, CO, Sarah Wiseman of Sioux Falls and Sonia (Ron) Ohling of Sioux Falls; eight grandchildren: Ryan and Adam Rokusek, Cody, Kirsten and Alyssa Wiseman, Ethan, Lindsey and Katie Ohling; sister: Mary Kay Rokusek and brother: Norman (Pam) Rokusek, both of Yankton.
Norma, Im praying that God will wrap his arms around you and your family and bring you peace and comfort. Deepest sympathy. Ellen
Ellen McGuigan May 19 2021 2:41 AM
Norma and family - I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you now and in the days ahead. Keep all of your good memories close to your heart. Lisa Ketcham
Lisa Ketcham May 18 2021 8:30 PM
So sorry about the Passing of Butch. Prayers lifted during this difficult time. God Bless!
Candace Fromm May 18 2021 5:11 PM
Our deepest sympathy to the Ray Rokusek Family. Was so sorry to hear of Rays passing. May all your wonderful memories help you through this time as you celebrate Rays Life and say goodbye. May God be with you all.
Pat & Elaine Soukup May 18 2021 10:51 AM
Norma, Sorry for your loss.
Linda Kollars May 17 2021 6:56 PM
Sorry for your loss. Great man, as I recall he let us have some fun times in the Chief Motel parking lot and grounds.
Trevor Dierks May 17 2021 6:55 PM
MaryKay, We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with you during this time of sorrow. We Love You, Tammy, Dennis, Karissa & Kristopher
Tammy Kokesh May 17 2021 6:08 PM
Mary Kay, God Bless you and your family. We are sure he is looking down on you with a smile. May the Lord be with you and bring you comfort. We send our love.
Thomas and Kathy Rokusek May 17 2021 5:18 PM
So very sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family.
RHONDA LUPTON May 15 2021 4:36 PM