Neil Raysby

Obituary of Neil Raysby

   Geddes - Neil Raysby, 88, passed away at his home in Geddes, SD on Thursday, July 23, 2020. Funeral service will be Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 10:30 AM at United Methodist Church in Geddes with burial following in Pleasant Lawn Cemetery in Geddes. Visitation will be Monday, July 27, 2020 from 6 - 8 PM at United Methodist Church in Geddes with a prayer service at 7:00 PM.

   Neil Raysby was born on January 17th, 1932 to Paul and Lois (Ritter) Raysby on a farm near Avon SD along with his twin brother Noel. Neil attended grade school at Trumbo School #51 south of Avon graduating from the 8th grade in May of 1946 but did not attend High School as he and his brother were needed to help work on the family farm. On April 22nd 1953 at the age of 21, Neil enlisted in the US Navy having completed his Navy Training Course for Seaman on November 9th of 1953. Neil served 4 years during the Korean War on the Air Craft Carrier USS Philippine Sea. On February 14th 1957, Neil was honorably discharged from the Navy and that very same day he met his future wife Darlene Fuerst. Neil and Darlene were united in marriage on June 1st 1958 at the Reformed Church in Delmont. The happy couple first lived in Avon where Darlene taught school, but soon moved to a farm on the 5 mile corner between Avon and Tyndall. In 1961 they bought a farm in Moore Township northeast of Geddes and moved there where they lived until 2001 when he “retired” and moved to Geddes. Neil worked for the City of Geddes until 2016 and also managed the Community Building and did janitorial work at the Geddes School while helping his son on the farm. Neil was a member of the Geddes United Methodist Church and was an active member of Geddes American Legion Post 56. Neil enjoyed farming with his son David, going on bus trips with Darlene, going for coffee, watching the Twins, relaxing on the couch with his cat Ornery and spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Neil passed away at his home on Thursday July 23rd at the age of 88.

   Neil is survived by his 4 children; Dave Raysby of Geddes, Duane (Jill) Raysby of Dallas Texas, Doug (Katrina) Raysby of Sioux Falls, Teresa (Jeff) Warren of Brandon. 6 grandchildren, Ethan (fiancé Charissa Thornton) Raysby of DeMoines IA, Amanda (Henry) Hartzler of Sandy UT, Robyn (Donnie) Christensen of Beresford, Rachel Raysby of Omaha, Ryan (Dakota) Raysby of Beresford, Kalvin Jorgensen of Sioux Falls. 4 great-grandson’s; Vince, Adrian, Wesley and Henry Christensen. 1 sister, Zona (Robbie) Robsham of Soux Falls, sister in law Lois Raysby of Sioux Falls

   He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Darlene, brothers Lawrence, Shorty (Cora), Gordon (Neva) and Noel (Mary) Raysby.

Monday
27
July

Visitation

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday, July 27, 2020
United Methodist Church
502 4th St.
Geddes, South Dakota, United States
Monday
27
July

Prayer Service

7:00 pm
Monday, July 27, 2020
United Methodist Church
502 4th St.
Geddes, South Dakota, United States
Tuesday
28
July

Funeral Service

10:30 am
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
United Methodist Church
502 4th St.
Geddes, South Dakota, United States
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