In Memory of

Raymond E. Halder

May 4, 1932 - August 11, 2011
Raymond E. Halder the son of Isreal and Iris (Mason) Halder, was born on a farm in Marshall Township Laurens, Iowa on May 4,, 1932. At the age of seven he moved to a farm south of Varina with his parents. Ray attended St. Columbille School in Varina from 1939 to 1946 when the family moved to an acreage west of Pocahontas. He attended Sacred Heart Catholic School where he graduated in 1951. On January 12, 1952 he was united in marriage to Betty Milefchik. They made their home on a farm near Varina until 1957 when they moved to Fort Dodge. Ray went to work for Welp and McCartan and Fort Dodge Limestone. In 1968 the family moved to Cherokee and Ray started a lime spreading, rock and gravel business. In 1984 he went driving over the road hauling sheet rock and other material for Umthun Trucking out of Eagle Grove, IA. In 1991 he went to work for Christensen Bros hauling heavy equipment. In 2002 Ray retired due to heath problems. Ray is survived by his wife, Betty Halder of Cherokee, IA; four sons and their spouses: Randy (Lori) of Seward, NE, Michael (Deb) of Cherokee, IA, Kevin (Kathi) of Cherokee, IA and Neal (Elizabeth) of Ankeny, IA; six daughters and their spouses: Janet (John) Nicolino of Des Moines, IA, Charlotte (Dan) Schueder of Cherokee, IA, Debra Foreman of Marshall MO, Nancy (Brad) Rupp of Plant City, FL, Cindy (Rick) Adams of Clive, IA, and Catherine (Rick) Roe of Clive, IA; 26 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Evelyn Bittner of Pocahontas, IA and Calista Hammes of Pocahontas, IA. Ray was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, grandson, and a granddaughter. Ray was active in the 3rd and 4th degree Knights of Columbus until it became too hard for him to attend the meetings and activities. In his earlier years he would take the motor home and several knights and their wives and attend the conventions. He liked camping at Cutty's and taking the motor home on other trips with his family. Ray enjoyed listening to Guy Lumbardo, Lawrence Welk, and polka music on Saturday nights.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Monday, August 15, 2011 at the Immaculate Conception Gymnasium. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family to be used for special local organizations in the community.
Father Richard Ries
Chad Nicolino Phillip Nicolino Nicholas Halder Derek Schueder Nathan Foreman Kyle Halder Zachary Halder Brendon Roe Matthew Halder
Visitation will begin at Noon on Sunday with the family present from 5:00-7:00 P.M. Sunday night at Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee. There will be a prayer service at 7:00 P.M. followed by a rosary at 7:30 P.M. at the funeral home.
Soloist- Tom Selk Vocalists- I.C. Funeral Choir
Mt. Calvary Cemetery Cherokee, IA


Friday, August 26, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Betty, We are so sorry for your loss. Your in our prayers.”
- Sharon K Henkel
Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Just wanted you to know I'm thinking of you during this time. I'm sorry I am not able to be there to pay respects in person; you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
- Jean Hammes
Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Wow, I am sorry I am late with this. For those of you that I know, I am more sorry than I can say for your loss. To your entire family, I will say a prayer for all of you. Take care.”
- Hattie M. Schleef Mackowski
Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“We are saddened to hear of your loss, Mike & family. Hold on to your memories...noone can ever take them away. Take care, Tricia Vredenburg & family”
- Tricia
Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved one. Raymond was a pleasure to know and a great guy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jeff & Queta Fishman”
- jeff D Fishman
Monday, August 15, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Cindy, Thinking of you and your family.
- Tammy Newton
Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“We know that Ray is resting in a better place and want to send our deepest sympathy to his family and hope they will find the strenght to make it through this difficult time.”
- Darius & Nia Joseph
Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Aunt Betty and Family, though I'm not there at this time my thoughts and Prayers are with You and the Family. So sorry for the lose of Uncle Ray”
- Ron Milefchik
Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I am so sorry I can't be there in person.”
- Lisa K Harrington
Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“We're very sorry for your loss - our family is thinking of your family at this time. Nick & Beth Adams & family ”
- Nick & Beth Adams
Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Catherine, you and your family will be in our prayers.”
- Jan and Doris George
Friday, August 12, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Know how much Alan and I have had you all in our prayers. Rachel - please let me know if there is anything I can help with at this end.”
- Alan and Kathi Buckingham
Friday, August 12, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers are will all of you.
The Delpesce Family, West Des Moines”
- Lauren Delpesce
Friday, August 12, 2011 at 12:00 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Sorry for your loss.”
- Rod and Sheri (Loucks) Nissen
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