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Raymond "Ray" Jerome ThooftRaymond Jerome Thooft was born on May 22, 1933, on the family farm in Island Lake Township to Ernest and Mary (Dobbelaere) Thooft. He grew up, attended Country School and served two years in the U.S. Army. On October 15, 1958, he was united in marriage to Jean Marie Bernardy. The couple farmed and raised their family in Lynd Township. Ray farmed his whole life, including helping with tillage just a week before his death. He was meticulous about his equipment, livestock and his vehicles. He also enjoyed gardening, tending to his flowers and playing cards. He enjoyed traveling especially a trip to Belgium. Ray and his siblings were born to Belgian immigrants and he still spoke Flemish on occasion. His strong religious beliefs were evident by his faithful mass attendance. Ray was most passionate about his family, especially his grandchildren and he enjoyed attending their activities. Raymond died on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD, due to complications following a stroke. He is survived by daughter Carol (and Stephen) Goblish of Milroy, grandchildren Adam (and Mirinda), Michael (and Stephanie), Melissa (and Brandon), Amanda, Jordan and Kaitlynn, great-grandchildren Owen, Sophia, Abigail, Emmett, Olivia, John and Avery, son David (and Shirley) Thooft of Lynd, grandson Austin (and Kayla), son Dennis (and Mary Jo) Thooft of Lynd, granddaughter Jessica, daughter Joan (and Gary) LaVoy of Tracy, grandchildren Mathew (fiancÃ© Morgan) and Jennifer, son Dean (and Kristin) Thooft of Marshall, grandchildren Zachariah (and Kathryn), Lucas and Joshua, son Kevin (and Kris) Thooft of Janesville, granddaughters Ashley and Allison (and Tanner), son Brian (and Jill) Thooft of Lynd, grandchildren Brayden and Brennen, siblings Emma DeLanghe, Gene (and Agnes), Marian (and Leon) VanDenBroeke, Mary (and George) Lanoue, Jeanette (and Vincent) Lanoue, sisters-in-law Leona, Betty, and Kate, many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Jean, brothers Amandus, Aime, Ernest and sister Louise, brothers-in-law Ed DeLanghe and Ken Rudd and special family friend Scott Buysse.
My deepest sympathy to the Thooft family. I am Marcel and Theresa Kerckhof's daughter. Your mom and dad stayed with me in Edmonton the one time they came to Edmonton. I now live is Saskatchewan, but I have sent them cards every year. Take care and God bless you. Denise Kroeker
Denise Kroeker May 26 2018 11:51 PM
Our deepest sympathy to all the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Thanks very much for the phone call. Greatly appreciate it. Marcel and Theresa Kerckhof
Marcel Kerckhof May 26 2018 11:48 PM
Ray was such a happy man. My first babysitting job was for Ray and Jean. All our sympathy to the family. You will be in our prayers. Shirley ( Wittry) Senden
Shirley Senden May 24 2018 9:06 AM
Ray was one of the most caring, gentle souls I know. He always knew how to make someones day. He will be sorely missed. Hugs and prayers to you all as you take the time to grieve
Christine Landherr and family May 22 2018 10:23 PM
Uncle Ray was a great guy and will be missed by many. Keep watch over us and say hi to Mike and Bryce for me. Our deepest sympathies to alk the family
Jolene Tople May 22 2018 8:27 PM