Raymond Kayser

Raymond Kayser


May 30, 1941 - November 9, 2022


Raymond Kay Kayser, 81, of Stickney, SD, died Wednesday, November 9, 2022, at Edgewood Memory Care in Mitchell. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Tuesday, November 15, at Stickney United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Silver Ridge Cemetery in Stickney. Visitation will be Monday, November 14, from 5-7:00 PM at the Stickney United  Methodist church. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Raymond “Kay” Kayser was born May 30, 1941, to Fred and Bertha (Bender) Kayser on the family farm south of Scotland, SD. He attended Scotland High School and graduated in 1959. Kay was active in sports and played softball and baseball. After high school, Kay enlisted in the United States Army from 1959 to 1962.

Kay married his first wife, Deanne (Clough) Maruska, in 1963 and were married for 21 years. To this marriage five children were born.

Upon his honorable discharge, he took employment at the Scotland Farmers and Merchants State Bank. He then moved his family to Tabor where they lived for eight years. They moved to Stickney in 1980 where Kay worked at the Stickney Farmers State Bank and later transitioned to an insurance agent for Modern Woodmen of America until his retirement.

In 1985, Kay remarried to Arlene Rose and to this union a daughter was born, Taya (Kayser) Christensen.

Kay was very active in the outdoors. He loved hunting and fishing with his friends and family, including one memorable fishing trip to Canada. He also loved family vacationing. Branson, MO became a favorite destination for him and Arlene. Kay was a member of the American Legion.

Kay is survived by his sons, Kurtis (JoAnn) of Aberdeen, Wayne (Christine) of Aberdeen, and Steven (Kristi) of Mitchell; daughters, Sherrie Wagner of Council Bluffs, IA, Carrie (Jim) Gunn of Council Bluffs, IA, and Taya (Nicholas) Christensen of Spearfish; 14 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Arlene Kayser, his first wife Deanne Maruska, his parents, and siblings, Loren Kayser, Elsie Kayser, and Irene Simek.

A live stream of the funeral service can be viewed on Zoom at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87352716414?pwd=dzBjWkNnTy9OVE1rOTRndzNJSWNGUT09

Meeting ID: 873 5271 6414

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Monday, November 14, 2022
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Stickney United Methodist Church
111 S 7th St
Stickney, SD 57375


Tuesday, November 15, 2022
10:30 AM
Stickney United Methodist Church
111 S 7th St
Stickney, SD 57375


Silver Ridge Cemetery
Stickney, SD

Posted by Karla Kinyon on November 13, 2022
Kenny and I are so sorry for your loss.Thinking , praying and holding you in our hearts❤️
Posted by Lana and Jim Karstens on November 11, 2022
We are so sorry to hear about Kay. It was so fun to get to know Kay and Arlene through Modern Woodmen. Great memories--- enjoyed Kay's humor and smile!
Hugs and prayers
Posted by Dennis & Cheryl Kunkel on November 10, 2022
To all the families of Raymond Kayser, we are sorry to hear the loss, Steve & Kristi & boys so sorry to here about your dad, Prayers to you all .
Posted by Bonnie Palmer on November 10, 2022
My thoughts & Prayers are with you & your family. So sorry to hear of his passing.
Posted by Fred & Kathy Zoss on November 9, 2022
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
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