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.
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.