Ray Kaup, 82, Sioux Falls and formerly of Hoven, died Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at the Royal C. Johnson Veteran’s Memorial Hospital, Sioux Falls. Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday, July 12 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Hoven, with Father Brian Simon, celebrant. Interment, with military graveside rites by the John J. Peters American Legion Post No. 159, Hoven, SD, followed at the Church Cemetery. Ray’s sisters were offertory gift bearers and his daughters placed the pall on the casket.
Raymond Joseph Kaup, son of Angeline (Wickert) and Frank J. Kaup, was born April 17, 1932, at Lebanon, the firstborn of 10 children. He was brought up on the family farm SE of Hoven. His formal education consisted of St. Anthony’s Parochial School and Hoven High School, Class of 1950. Ray served his country in the United States Army, being inducted April 9, 1953. Following his honorable discharge on April 8, 1955, he returned to Potter County.
Ray married Roselyn Duenwald at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church on Oct. 1, 1956. After living in Hoven for one year, they relocated to southeast of Hoven and, in 1961, established a farm south of Ray’s homeplace. In 1996 they moved off the farm into Hoven. Since 2010, they lived in Sioux Falls.
Ray was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Hoven and St. Michael’s Parish in Sioux Falls. He was a 60 year member of the John J. Peters American Legion Post No. 159, Hoven, and was also a charter member of the Hoven Knights of Columbus Council. He was active in the North Central Livestock Association through the years and was on the Community Advisory Board of Norwest Bank (currently Wells Fargo) for many years. Ray had an interest in history and politics and was a Potter County Commissioner for 17 years. He also was active in numerous boards and committees.
In retirement, he and Roselyn loved traveling throughout the country and for the last 15 years, they enjoyed wintering in McAllen, TX and spending summers at Hart Ranch Resort in Rapid City. Ray enjoyed woodworking as evidenced by the nine dollhouses he built for his great granddaughters and the outdoor nativity scenes he built for each of his children. He was also artistic and enjoyed doing puzzles and crafts while he was in the VA Hospital.
Ray is survived by Roselyn, his wife of 57 years; three sons, Keith Kaup and Jerry (Shari) Kaup of Hoven and Jack (Shelly) Kaup of Rapid City; three daughters,Kay (Toby) Klocker of Hoven and Colette (Tim) Giese and Kristin McIntire both of Sioux Falls; two brothers, Ronnie Kaup and Richard Kaup of Hoven; four sisters, Elaine Seurer and Ruby Rausch of Hoven, Darlene Weisgram of Chanhassen, MN, and Clarice Van Well of Watertown; 16 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father on Oct. 14, 1988, his mother on Feb. 13, 1989; a grandson, Lee Michael Kaup; a daughter-in-law, Mary Ann Kaup; two brothers, Dean, age 18, and Gerald age 9 months; and one sister, Gladys Simon.
Honorary bearers were Ray’s granddaughters.
Casketbearers were his grandsons, Brandon Kaup and Colby Kaup of Hoven, Jason Klocker, Kameron McIntire, and Kaston McIntire of Sioux Falls, Kyle Kaup of Shakopee, MN, and Mason Kaup of Rapid City.
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Arrangements by Lien Funeral Home, Bowdle.