Ray Scherschligt


Ray Scherschligt, age 94, of Mitchell and formerly of Alpena, passed away on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at Avera Brady Health and Rehab in Mitchell. His Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at St. Wilfred’s Catholic Church in Woonsocket with burial to follow at Restlawn Memory Gardens Mausoleum in Huron. Visitation with the family present will be from 5-6:45 PM on Tuesday, October 6 at St. Wilfred’s Church with a prayer service starting at 6:45 PM. Visit to sign the online guestbook. For those unable to attend, the services will be streamed on Facebook Live by going to You do not need to have a Facebook account to view the service, the link will be live one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

Ray Scherschligt was born on December 21, 1925, in Utica, SD, to John and Otillia (Hladky) Scherschligt. He attended various country schools and graduated from Lesterville High School in 1943.

Ray served in the 25th Division of the US Army from April 1945 until December 1946 and was stationed in Occupational Japan. He attended the University of South Dakota and in 1948 was signed to play professional baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers Farm System in Ponca City, OK. He returned to Lesterville to manage and play on the Broncs amateur baseball team that went on to win the State Championship in 1950.

Ray moved to Alpena in the spring of 1951 and married Mary Jane Pekas on June 7, 1951, in Lesterville. He was employed at the Alpena Coop Creamery until 1958 and then managed the Alpena Coop Oil Co. for 31 years, retiring in 1989. Ray was a member of the Alpena Volunteer Fire Department and served 13 years on the school board, 6 years on the Board of the SD Petroleum Marketers, and 32 years on the Sanborn Telephone Cooperative Board. Ray was a member of the Owen Kunze American Legion Post 116 for over 66 years, holding the offices of Commander, Finance Officer, and Adjutant. He was also a member of the VFW Post 5548 in Wessington Springs. Ray played amateur baseball for 40 years and was lucky enough to play his last year with his son Mark. Ray was elected into the South Dakota Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988 and was elected District 3 Baseball Commissioner in 1991. He was named South Dakota Amateur Baseball Man of the Year in 1998. In addition to baseball, Ray was an avid golfer and bowler and was inducted into the Huron Lifetime Member of Bowling Hall of Fame in 1999. He was a member of St. Wilfrid’s Catholic Church in Woonsocket, serving as Lector and Eucharistic Minister until he moved to Mitchell in August of 2017 after the death of his wife. In 2019, Ray was inducted into the SD Cooperative Hall of Fame. Ray and Mary Jane were married for 66 years. They were faith-filled people who loved to dance, play cards, and enjoy life. Ray missed Mary Jane dearly, but his faith and sense of humor kept him going. Although Ray had many accolades, you would never hear of them from this humble man.

Grateful for sharing his life are his son Mark (Karen) Scherschligt, Brooklyn Park, MN, and daughter Karen (Tim) Harrington, Mitchell, SD; five grandchildren, Brian Scherschligt, Kristie (Jeff) Sargent, Melanie (Ben) Johnson, MaryAnne (Cody) Dimak, and Isaac (Marissa Gaskill) Harrington; brother, Art (Erla) Scherschligt, sister-in-law Viola Scherschligt, and many nieces and nephews. Ray was a fun Grandpa Great to Keely, Mali, and Kellen Sargent; Hayden and Jace Johnson; and Madeline Dimak.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Mary Jane in 2017; sister Helen; brothers John, Fred, and Lester; and nephews Danny Zitka, Jeff Scherschligt, and Warren Scherschligt.

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