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Raymond “Dennis” Buchholz

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August 13, 1940 -   October 29, 2019

Dennis was a man of God, family, humility, and service. Born on the family farm in Avon, SD to Lillian and Harry Buchholz, Dennis attended the rural Giedd school near Avon and graduated from Avon High School. He married the love of his life, Zelma Faye Scoville Buchholz, on August 23, 1965, and expanded their family to include Julie, Laurie, and Steven, as well as many nieces, nephews, and eventually four grandchildren, who were all a great source of his pride and joy. He attended Southern State Teachers College in Springfield, SD and received his Masters in Education at Colorado State University, teaching school for fifteen years between Bellevue, NE, Mitchell, SD, and Sheldon, IA. He ran Daylight Donuts in Mitchell, SD for seven years and worked in hearing aid sales until his retirement in 2001. After retirement, he and Zelma dedicated ten years to volunteering with Roving Volunteers in Christ’s Service (RVICS), traveling to many states in service to various Christian community organizations, and spending winters in Texas at the RVICS Retirement Village.

Dennis’ life of faith was marked by his baptism at age 11 at Danzig Baptist Church in rural Avon, SD, his membership in Gideon’s International since 1970, and as a member of Northridge Baptist Church in Mitchell, SD since 1978. He was a humble man of God. He was also remarkably loyal. He was a lifelong fan of the Giants baseball franchise, listening to games on the radio as a young boy and following them from New York to San Francisco, where he was able to watch them play with his son Steve and grandkids. His loyalty extended to Allis Chalmers tractors- no John Deere or Peterbilt for Dennis.

Dennis is preceded in death by his parents, Harry E. Buchholz and Lillian Fitch Buchholz Brandt, his grandparents, and many aunts and uncles. He is survived by his wife Zelma, sister Darlene Goehring and husband Willard, brother Jerry Buchholz and wife Joleen, daughters Julie and Laurie, son Steven and wife Elizabeth Rogers, and grandchildren Henry, Maggie, Eleanor, and Clara, as well as his brother-in-law William Stockton and many nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and nephews, fellow members at Northridge Baptist Church, and dear friends in South Dakota, Texas, and across the country.

His home-going celebration will be held Saturday at 10:30 AM at Northridge Baptist Church. He will be interred in a private ceremony with family at Sunset Memorial Park in Mitchell. A visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Friday, at Northridge Baptist Church with a 6:30 PM Prayer Service.

His family would like to thank his many caregivers at Avera Health and Firesteel Healthcare Center and recognize his wife Zelma, his most constant and loving caregiver. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Roving Volunteers in Christ’s Service (RVICS) or Gideons International.

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