Raymond Buckley


January 11, 1929 - March 1, 2020


Ray Buckley, 91, of Mitchell died, Sunday, March 1, 2020 at Firesteel Health Care Center in Mitchell.  Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Wednesday, March 11, at Bittner Funeral Chapel.  Burial will be in American Legion Cemetery in Mitchell with military rights.  Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Tuesday at Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Ray Norman Buckley was born on January 11, 1929 to Fred and Esther (Oanes) Buckley in Hetland, SD. At the age of 10 years old, Ray’s parents relocated the family to Brookings, SD. At the age of 17 he enlisted in the Airforce. He married the love of his life, Evelyn Fouts, on June 6, 1953 in Brookings.

After returning from the service, Ray worked many years in the retail industry. He began with Red Owl Stores in Brookings, and moved to Mitchell, SD in 1963 for a department manager position at Red Owl. He, also, worked for 10 years at Grigg’s Sporting in Mitchell. Ray, then, worked at the Sheriff’s office for 14 years as a jailer, until he retired at 70 years old.

Ray was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Mitchell, American Legion for 56 years, National Wild Turkey Federation, James Valley Comm. Center, and the National Field Archery Association.

Ray is survived by his wife, Evelyn; sons, Devin Buckley, and Ryan (Stacy) Buckley; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; brother, Gene (Donna) Buckley; brother-in-law, Denny (Helen) Fouts; and nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his three sons, Gary, Chris, and Alan Buckley; and two brothers.


Tuesday, March 10, 2020
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens
Mitchell, SD 57301


Wednesday, March 11, 2020
10:30 AM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens
Mitchell, SD 57301


American Legion Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Renee Slette on June 1, 2021
Just saw this. I had no idea. I’m so sorry Evelyn, Gene and boys. I loved him.
Posted by Mick Catalano on April 12, 2020
I worked with Ray, only at Grigg's department store. He was a Not an Unpleasant person..... BUT, Full Of Himself too......... Maybe he had reason........ Hope He's Resting In Peace !
Posted by Beth Humphrey (Buckley) on March 11, 2020
Uncle Ray was my most favorite uncle. Such fond memories of pheasant spotting, target shooting at the dump and times out on the boat fill my childhood when we would visit South Dakota. He was a lovely man that meant a great deal to me. I was so sorry to learn of his passing. He will be sadly missed by one grateful niece who was fortunate enough to be blessed with him as an uncle. Aunt Evelyn and family you are in my thoughts.
Posted by Dorothy Wendt on March 10, 2020
Wish I could be there but am sending my blessings and we know Ray is happier where he is now than he was at home. Love to you all
Posted by Jason Vaughan on March 8, 2020
Our dad's had a long history of hunting,fishing and trapping together. We always referred to him as "Grandpa Ray".He was a grandfather figure in my life that I never had, thank you Ray for sharing your knowledge and wisdom!
Posted by Don Hostetter on March 8, 2020
One of my favorite cousins! Ray was responsible for my first “real job” in the produce dept. of the Red Owl. Always admired him for his knowledge and sportsmanship for SD wildlife. Our condolences to Evelyn and the family. Don & Teresa
Posted by Barb Tolzin Rybak on March 7, 2020
Remember Ray & family visits to Hetland, I grew up neighbor to Esther and Orville. This is many years ago so had to be good memories. (My children are grown but my husband & I still love in Hetland)
Posted by Gary and Kay Shafer on March 7, 2020
Ryan we send our condolences in the death of your Father.
Posted by Glenn Sealey on March 7, 2020
Dear Evelyn and family, so sorry for your loss. We’ve never met but my Grandmother Eileen spoke highly of
you when she lived in Meadowlawn. Thank You for your kindness to her. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Posted by Mary Verzani on March 6, 2020
Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Posted by Kelly Gross on March 5, 2020
Evelyn and Ryan, I am sorry for your loss. Ray was a coworker that I will never forget! My thoughts and prayers have been with your family since I delivered Ray's Meals on Wheels Christmas week. My thoughts and prayers continue now that Ray has found peace.
Posted by Sheri & Jim Andersen on March 5, 2020
RIP, Ray! You are truly one of a kind!
Posted by Charlie & Wanda Kobes on March 4, 2020
So sorry to all of you for this loss of a great guy ! Ray will be missed by everyone that was blessed to know him !!
Posted by Kristy vobr and Gary Vobr and family's on March 4, 2020
I'm so sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!!!! RIP RAYMOND BUCKLEY!!!
Posted by Hollie karber on March 4, 2020
So sorry for your loss! Ray was a great guy!
Posted by Deb Tilton on March 3, 2020
Sorry for your loss - sending you sympathy and prayers.
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