In Loving Memory of Raymond Kartak

Life Legacy

Raymond James Kartak was born on June 2, 1920 to John and Rosie (Hrabanek) Kartak on the family homestead. He was the fourth of six children. He was baptized and attended church at Danton Catholic Church (Saint Patrick’s), which was located on his father’s farm. After completing the eighth grade at Grand Valley School, he stayed home to work on the family farm to help his father, as both of his brothers were away at war. He often told stories about his fond memories from his childhood and teenage years spent working as part of a threshing crew, picking corn by hand, training saddle and draft horses, playing baseball and pitching for the Wewela baseball team.

On February 5, 1947, he married Cecilia “Johnnie” Storms. After they were married, they were asked by his father-ion-law to stay at the Storms homestead and to live and work. He moved to that farm west of Clearfield with four cows, two horses and six gilts. Raymond and Johnnie were married for 63 years and raised four children; Sharon, Bev, Rick and Gwen. In the early 1960’s, Raymond and Johnnie purchased the farm and made their living raising feeder pigs, milking cows, and selling feeder calves. Anyone who knew Raymond knew his heart was in farming and raising livestock. Raymond and Johnnie were one of the first area families to own a deep freeze and an electric arc welder. Raymond was also known as the family barber, routinely giving haircuts to his nephews when they were young. “He also enjoyed playing cards, fishing, and visiting with family and friends. In his later years he enjoyed gardening.

Raymond was a charter member of the Clearfield Roping Club, and always had an interest in horses and rodeo related activities. He was an active member of Satin Boniface Catholic Church in Clearfield, SD. Raymond served on the local school board, township board, and was a 4-H Leader. In 2004, Raymond’s family was recognized by the Winner Chamber of Commerce, as being the Farm Family of the Year.

Raymond is survived by his children: Sharon (Rick) Spellman, Bev (Bob) Soll, Rick (Joyce) Kartak, and Gwen Kartak; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; two sisters: Louise DeMers and Lucy Krumpus; and sisters-in-law Edna Kartak, Ruth Storms, Leona Storm, and Mary (Martin) Jorgensen.

Raymond was preceded in death by his wife, Johnnie; his parents John and Rosie; and three brothers, Steven, Clifford and Lloyd.

06/02/1920  -  09/03/2011

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Born: June 2, 1920

Place of Birth: Rural Colome, SD

Death: September 3, 2011

Place of Death: Winner, SD 57580

Occupation: Farmer/Rancher

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