Raymond Mathias Janish
April 29, 1925 - April 13, 2020
A memorial mass for family and friends of Raymond Mathias Janish, 94, of Kimball, SD, will be held at a later date.
A private family committal service will take place at St. Margaret’s Catholic Cemetery of Kimball, SD.
Raymond Mathias Janish died Monday, April 13, 2020, at Avera Sister James Care Center of Yankton, SD.
Raymond Mathias Janish was born April 29, 1925, on the family farm west of Tripp, SD, to John and Clara (Heirigs) Janish.
He attended Kimball High School of Kimball, SD, and went on to a career in farming that spanned 76 years.
On Aug. 23, 1965, Ray was united in marriage to Doris Marie Talich at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Kimball, SD.
Ray was a member of St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, served on the Kimball School Board, the Waldro Township Board and volunteered at the South Dakota Tractor Museum.
He enjoyed playing cards, bowling, dinners at the senior center and visiting with friends. Ray loved spending time with family, especially his grandkids.
Ray was a selfless man with a huge heart. He was always full of joy; serving Jesus first, others second and himself last. He was a good steward of God’s creation in that he loved his cattle, raised crops and a garden. His philosophy in life was “to leave this world a better place than when he found it.” He loved to see the world and traveled to many places. Each summer, he would take the family and his mother-in-law on a two-week vacation to various sections of the United States. The sticker map of the United States on the back of the 1972 Concord Motor Home was completely filled in by the time he was 70 years old, having visited all 50 states.
Ray always had a cupful of wisdom to share. He took great pride in being a good provider and caregiver to his family. He cared for his mother and younger sisters as he took on the responsibility of managing the family farm at the age of 17 after his father died. Even though he did not graduate from high school, he educated himself by reading many books, especially about history. He bought his mother a house in Kimball, SD, before marrying at the age of 40. The world said he was “too old” to marry and raise a family but he did not live according to the world’s standards. God richly blessed him with five daughters, “Daddy’s sweethearts,” he would say and a long full life with his wife, Doris.
Ray trusted in the Lord’s providence and was able to live on the family farm up until the age of 93.
Prior to his death, he resided in the Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton, SD, where he was close to family.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife of over 54 years, Doris Janish of Yankton, SD; five daughters and 13 grandchildren; a daughter, Debra Lynn Madsen and husband, Chris and Paige of Sioux Falls, SD; a
daughter, Jodi Lea Loecker and husband, Kevin and Luke and Kyle of O’Neill, NE; a daughter, Julie Rae Steffen and husband, Bob and Lauren, Anna, Claire and Jordan of Crofton, NE; a daughter, Darla Kay Heimes and husband, Bill and Lane, Cole, Jason, Nathan, Caleb and Amanda of Hartington, NE; a daughter, Kari Jo Janish of Brookings, SD; three brothers-in-law, Wally McGregor of Kimball, SD, Bill Talich and wife, Wendy of Mesa, AZ, and Dennis Talich and wife, Barb of Pine Bluffs, WY, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Clara Janish; seven siblings, Albert Janish, Sr. and wife, Lorraine, Lorretta Fuegen and husband, Walter, Louis Janish and wife, Dorothy, Leona Young and husband, Bill, Maxine White and husband, Bob, Margaret Reuland and husband, Ed and Clara McGregor and parents-in-law, William and Vera (Vander Voort) Talich.
Mount Funeral Home of Kimball, SD, was in charge of arrangements.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through mountfuneralhome.com.
Memorials in Ray’s honor may be directed to St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, P.O. Box 137, Kimball, SD 57355.