Ray Alef Arneson, age 81, of Hayti, SD, passed away on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at Avantara Lake Norden Care Center in Lake Norden, SD. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2019, at Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel in Watertown, SD. Pastor David Patterson will officiate. Music will be provided by Joanne Nelson. The family is requested to meet at the chapel by 10:30 a.m. on Saturday for a family prayer service.
Visitation will be at the chapel on Saturday, prior to the service, starting at 10:00 a.m.
Burial will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Lake Norden. Pallbearers will be: Mick Cook, Ben Sharon, Ned Arneson, Kent Arneson, Dean Small and Bob Koistinen.
Ray Alef Arneson was born on the family farm near Hayti on July 6, 1938, to Pearl and Clarence Arneson. He attended and graduated from Lake Norden High School in 1957. After graduation Ray worked at the creamery and Land O’Lakes in Lake Norden for several years. He then began working with scrap iron. On December 2, 1961, Ray was united in marriage to Joan Lee. They moved to a farm southwest of Hayti where they raised their four children.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lake Norden. Ray enjoyed going to auction sales and flea markets where he could visit with people. He loved trapping, hunting, playing cards, and most of all he loved being with his family.
Ray is survived by his wife, Joan of Hayti, SD; his sons, Floyd Arneson and Tony Arneson, both of Hayti, SD; his daughters, Carol (Bradley) Olson of Arlington, SD and Jan Arneson of Arlington, SD; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Charles (Marilyn) Arneson of Watertown, SD and Glenn (Judy) Arneson of Hayti, SD; his step-brother, Raymond (Kathy) Kangas; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his great-granddaughter, Alison Marie Ford; and his brothers, Milton and Baine (Evelyn) Arneson; step-brother, Roger Kangas; nephew, Mark Arneson; and sister-in-law, Roslyn Arneson.
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