Raymond Orlin Moore
November 8, 1928 - February 17, 2020
Funeral services for Raymond Orlin Moore, 91, of Chamberlain, SD, formerly of Kennebec, SD, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, at the Zion Lutheran Church of Presho, SD.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, at the Zion Lutheran Church of Presho, SD, with a prayer service at 6 p.m.
Burial will be at the Kennebec Cemetery at Kennebec, SD.
Raymond Orlin Moore joined his Lord on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, at the age of 91, from Sanford Care Center of Chamberlain, SD.
Raymond Orlin Moore was born Nov. 8, 1928, at Presho, SD, to Lewie and Leola (Paige) Moore.
He attended school in Kennebec, SD, through 12th grade, graduating in 1948.
He married the love of his life, Jean Faber, on June 1, 1950.
Married for 69 years, Ray and Jean were blessed with four daughters – Betty Jean (Eugene) Mertens of Kennebec, SD, Margie Lynn (Rich) Pierson of Evans, CO, Cindy (Steve) Fiechtner of Pierre, SD, and Ronda (Mark) Klein of Chamberlain, SD, eight grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
Ray belonged to Zion Lutheran Church in Presho, SD, served on church boards and took great pleasure being head usher until moving into the Regency Assisted Living in Chamberlain, SD, in 2017.
Although he had been known as a grumpy old man, after years of being surrounded by five women, he softened and won the hearts of many acquaintances along his journey. He captured the love and affection of many staff and residents at the Regency and the Sanford Care Center.
Ray loved camping, riding horses, hunting, fishing, woodworking, quilting and oil painting. He was never afraid to tackle and learn new skills, which gave him the opportunity to explore many professions. He was naturally talented and creative with his hands. His well-known saying to his girls was, “If you are going to do a job, do it right.” He lived by that rule himself.
One of his accomplishments was refurbishing the woodwork and brass in the Lyman County Courthouse at Kennebec, SD. He built everything from houses to children’s toys. His grandchildren and great grandchildren
especially enjoyed the stepstools.
Grateful for having shared his life are his four daughters, Betty Jean Mertens and husband, Eugene of Kennebec, SD, Margie Lynn Pierson and husband, Rich of Evans, CO, Cindy Fiechtner and husband, Steve of Pierre, SD, and Ronda Klein and husband, Mark of Chamberlain, SD; a brother, Lyle Moore and wife, Gay; a sister, Fern Best and husband, Roger; a sister-in-law, Beth Moore; eight grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Moore; his parents, Lewie and Leola Moore and a brother, Ronald Moore.
Hickey Funeral Chapel of Chamberlain, SD, will be in charge of arrangements.
The obituary may be seen at www.hickeyfuneralchapel.com.