Raymond Allen Fenstermacker, 86, of Stanley, died Monday, June 16, 2014, in his home.
Raymond was born Aug. 2, 1927, in Stanley, the son of Charles and Ona (Shupe) Fenstermacker. He was raised on several farms in the Stanley area. In 1943, the family moved to Tacoma, Wash., where he worked at the Todds Pacific Shipyards as a welder. Ray entered the Army on Jan. 18, 1945, and honorably served his country until his honorable discharge on Nov. 17, 1946. He returned to the Stanley area and went to work for Archie Campbell Construction, building roads and dams around North Dakota and South Dakota.
He married Berniece Meyer on Sept. 3, 1950, in Pierre, S.D. They moved back to Stanley in 1951 and he started Ray Fenstermacker Construction and the Laundromat, which they sold to the Ranums in 1953. Along with operating his construction company he purchased the Saras Salo farm, north of Stanley, and raised Black Angus cattle and farmed. In 1965 he became a Scorpion dealer and opened the Scorpion Snow Sled Shop in Stanley. In the early 1980s he sold his construction business to his son, Allen, but continued to assist Allen until the time of his death. He lost the love of his life, Berniece, on Dec. 22, 2005, and a part of him left with her.
Ray was a member of Queen of Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church and the Charles Hartman American Legion Post 134, both Stanley.
He loved hunting and fishing with his brothers, brother-in-law and friends. Ray was an avid bingo player and a hard-working man all his life. He always found something to do but would always take the time to visit. He had many jokes and pranks to pull and true life stories to tell. Family members would say he was our history teacher. Ray touched many lives and will be greatly missed.
Ray is survived by: his children, Deborah Swayze, of Stanley, Pat Brown (Gene) of Ross and Allen (LaDonna Kinnoin) of Stanley; grandchildren, Todd Nohr (Selina), Misty Zuchara (Jason), David Brown (Paula), Rebecca Bauer (Jamie), Wanda Deaver (Derrick) and Rita Locken (Jesse); great-grandchildren, Liberty and Logan Zuchara, Remington, Colt and Tawnie Nohr, Braedon Farhart, Dalton Brown, Finola Bauer, Cashley Brown, Aspen and Aubrey Locken and Dawson and Quade Deaver; brother, Bob (Joyce) of Bismarck; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; wife; son, Bernard "Cork"; brother, Charles; and sisters, Edith Rudolph, Mary Hill, Dorothy Lindberg, Marie Daggett and Betty Owens.
Funeral: Saturday, June 21, at 10:30 a.m. in Queen of Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Stanley.
Vigil prayer service: Friday, June 20, at 7 p.m., in the church.
Visitation: Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Springan Funeral Home, Stanley.
Interment: Fairview Cemetery, Stanley.
Online condolences may be shared at (www.springanfuneralhome.com).