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In memory of

Raymond "Ray" Vik

of Pierre, formerly of Draper, South Dakota, died on Monday, March 16, 2020 at the Avera Maryhouse in Pierre at the age of 89

Raymond Carl Vik, better known as "Ray" by his family and friends, was born March 26, 1930 to Anne (Fredericksen) and Adolph O. Vik in Chamberlain, South Dakota. He grew up on a farm near Draper and attended all 12 years of school in Draper, graduating in 1948. He was baptized and confirmed in the United Methodist Church and was a lifelong member of the congregation.

After high school he attended the South Dakota State College of Agriculture in Brookings. He farmed and raised cattle and sheep on his father’s farm until buying and moving to a farm three miles north.

Ray was introduced to Shirley Schervem by a mutual friend who noted that both had the same birthday. Ray and Shirley were married in on June 7, 1952 in Pierre, South Dakota.

Ray enjoyed farming, especially haying and raising sheep. He also liked sports, playing baseball, basketball and football at Draper and basketball at college.

Ray was well-known for his service and leadership on many boards: Draper School Board, Community Co-op, West River Implement, the ASCS County Committee for 9 years, a Director at West Central Electric for 19 years, Jones County Clinic Board, and many years as a trustee for the Methodist Church.

Ray and Shirley enjoyed square dancing for many years, and traveled to most of the United States, some of Canada, and to Switzerland and Austria. Ray especially enjoyed spending time with the children in his family, sharing jokes, and some good-natured teasing. He will be remembered for his warmth, wit, and wisdom.

Survivors include his wife Shirley of Pierre; five children, Steve Vik of Draper, Ken Vik and his wife Cindy of Hettinger, North Dakota, Kathy Fuoss and her husband Dave of Draper, Brian Vik and his wife Linda of Barnesville, Minnesota, and Doug Vik of Weatherford, Texas; seven grandchildren: Mike (Lyranda) Fuoss of Draper, Todd Fuoss of Pierre, Lori (Tim) Nemec of Midland, Amy (Chris) Yeckel of California, Keri Berry (Adair Hatheway) of Paris, Missouri, Dean (Kristina) Vik of Columbus, Ohio, and Megan Vik of Trondheim, Norway; 13 great-grandchildren; one sister Eleanor Miller of Pierre; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents Adolph and Anne Vik; a grandson-in-law Joshua Berry; a brother Roger Vik; and three sisters, Margaret Rankin, Beverly Anshutz, and an infant sister Shirley.

Memorials may be sent to 400 Parkwood Drive Apartment 208 Pierre, SD 57501.

Private family services will be held.

Private family services will be held.

  • I was deeply saddened by the news. My heart felt condolences to you and your family ~ jon fripp mansfield texas (3/24/2020)
  • My deepest sympathies to your entire family, Shirley. My parents thoroughly enjoyed all of the trips and trouble you all got into....Don't worry I won't tell. Thinking of you during this time. ~ Anna Oller Missouri (3/21/2020)
  • Dear Doug, my heart goes out to you and your family. May the memories of your father bring you solace. All my condolences. ~ Louise LeGouis Bernardston, MA (3/19/2020)
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ~ David and Eng Buland Fort Worth (3/18/2020)
  • Sending God's blessings to all of you ~ Marlene (Volmer) Reuman Kennebec SD (3/18/2020)
  • So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayer are with the Vik family. ~ Mike & Dawn Cromwell Butternut, Wisconsin (3/18/2020)
  • Doug, so sorry to hear of your loss. You will continually be in my thoughts and prayers. ~ Tamara Sommer Parkston, SD (3/17/2020)
  • Doug, Please find comfort in knowing that you are in many of our thoughts and prayers during this time of sorrow. ~ Gary Hendrickson (NRCS) Belle Fourche, SD (3/17/2020)
  • My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. ~ Jeff Vander Wilt Mitchell, SD (3/17/2020)
  • Any man who raised a son as awesome and Doug Vik, must have been a fantastic person, founded in faith and common sense. ~ Lee Davis Granbury, TX (3/17/2020)
  • Doug, are thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of loss. Please take care and let us know if with can support you in anyway. ~ Ed Sanders Littlestown, PA (USDA-NRCS) (3/17/2020)
  • The Boykin Family sends our sincere condolences. USDA-NHQ ~ Sheila S. Boykin Zebulon, North Carolina (3/17/2020)