Ray Krysl


Raymond “Ray” D. Krysl was born on the ranch South of Stuart, on May 1, 1931 to John and Catherine (Jansen) Krysl the middle child of three children. He attended country school in rural Stuart and in 1948 graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in O’Neill.  Ray was drafted and served in the Navy during the Korean War.
Ray was married to Mary C. Devine on August 5th 1961 in Oconto, NE.  To this union two sons were born, Joseph and John.  Ray lived his whole life on the ranch South of Stuart. As a young rancher, Ray and his parents had a herd of Holstein milk cows and raised Angus cattle, in the summer there was the prairie hay to cut, stack, and bale.  When the work for the day was over, Ray would enjoy a game of horseshoes. For several years he would take first place at the horseshoe tournament on the 4th of July in Stuart. Baseball and later years softball was another one of his favorite sports Ray was the pitcher for the team and they won many games.
Ray enjoyed ranching, playing horse shoes, playing cards with family and friends, and attending his grandchildren’s many school activities.  He loved to bowl and his bowling team was an important part of his social life. The shelf in their dining room can attest to that, as it is full of the many years of team trophies they won.
Later years he enjoyed the many bus tours and road trips that he and Mary took with Kay and Betty Barritt, they also enjoyed the occasional needed trip to one of casinos, the couples always enjoyed many Saturday night card games at each other’s homes.
He belonged to many organizations, including 33 years of service on the rural fire department board, serving as president and secretary. He was a 65 year member of the American Legion Post 115 where he held several offices and performed in many American Legion Shows.  He was a life time 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus where he held the office of District Deputy for several years. Ray was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Stuart where he was one of the first EME’s and enjoyed singing in the choir during his younger years.  He had a vast love of family and loved every minute spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. 
Ray is survived by his wife Mary, sons Joseph of Rising City and John (Mary T.) of Stuart; five grand- children Dashia, Jacob (Tiffany), Caetlin, Kale, Emma, and two great grandchildren; Andrik, and Rylan; sister Eileen McNeely, brother and sister in-law Larry and Rose Krysl; brother-in-law and sister–in–law Charles and JoAnn Devine; and a host of nieces and nephews; and the loving family of Gary and Lisa King.   Raymond is preceded in death by his parents and his sister–in–law Dorothy Devine.

  Funeral Service

Tuesday March 21, 2017 at 10:30 am at St. Boniface Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery

Visitation: Monday March 20, 2017 from 5 to 8pm at Seger Funeral Home in Stuart with a 7pm Prayer service followed by a KC Rosary.


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Dennis & Roxanne Ryan

Dennis & Roxanne Ryan

 Posted March 27, 2017 - 10:35am
Tim and Janice Friedel

Mary and family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you today and in the weeks ahead.

 Posted March 22, 2017 - 7:02pm
Kelly & Julie (Murphy) Knudson

Mary and family,
Sending thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Such a gentle giant with a twinkle in his eyes. A great Christian and family man who cared deeply for his family, friends and country.
May he rest in peace with God is Savior.

 Posted March 21, 2017 - 3:04pm
Cletus and Shelia Arasmith

Joe and Krysl family. My deepest sympathy to the whole family during this difficult time. It is never easy to let someone go to Heaven no matter how long of a life they lived. Heaven gained such a great man he will be truly missed. God bless you all!

 Posted March 20, 2017 - 11:24pm
Larry and Sherry Newbanks

Krysl family,
You all are in our prayers and thoughts. We are so sorry to hear of Ray's passing.
Larry has fine memories of Ray, Mary, Joe and John.
May God bless and keep you.

 Posted March 20, 2017 - 6:45pm
Judy Krysl

Mary, Joe, John, Eileen, and Larry--
There are some people who are one of a kind--so large in personality and character and enthusiasms that one simply cannot imagine the world without them. It seems that we, who are so pale and quiet beside them, would not have to give them up; that we could truthfully say of this robust one, "He will outlive all of us."
I am praying that each of you and Ray's grandchildren can identify something about Ray that is in you--his smile, his talent for teasing in ways that made others respond with big grins, his skills in horseshoes, his patriotic fervor, his community interests, his love of singing to honor God. I'm praying that you pick that thing up and through your own action (maybe it will take some practice to make it your own--maybe you are a "natural" at it already), will keep that special gift alive.
Oh, what echoes and waves must have resounded through Heaven as Ray arrived to receive the mansion God has prepared for him!

 Posted March 20, 2017 - 6:05pm
Denise, Joseph, and Kelly McNeely, Chippewa Falls, WI

Aunt Mary, Joe, and John,
So sorry to hear about Uncle Ray's passing. Joseph and Kelly have fond memories of him and their visit to the farm when they were young. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Denise, Joseph, and Kelly McNeely

 Posted March 19, 2017 - 9:37pm
Steve and Crystal Lundeen

We were so sorry to hear about Ray's death. We will always remember his love of life and his laughter! Go be with you in this time of sorrow!

 Posted March 19, 2017 - 3:52pm
Thomas Kaup, Auburn, Washington

Mary, Joe and John:
So very sorry to hear of Rays death. I learned so much from him working on the ranch, especially how to work hard but always have fun too. He was a very patient and decent man and one who will not be forgotten. My greatest regret in life has been that circumstances, time and distance have kept me from being with all of you, driving that gravel road through the cattle gates, into the place surrounded by the whispering cottonwood trees, a home I cherished for high school and college summers. God be with all of you.

 Posted March 18, 2017 - 3:51pm

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