Funeral Services for 80-year-old Raynard Koenck of Lake View will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at United Church Westside in Westside. Huebner Funeral Home in Westside is in charge of arrangements. Friends may call Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.
Raynard Melvin Koenck was born Sept. 26, 1932, a son of Albert and Violet Warrington Koenck. He died Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, at his home in Lake View.
Ray was born in Vail, Iowa. He was confirmed in 1946 by the Rev. Winter at St. John Lutheran Church in Stockholm Township in Deloit, Iowa. He worked for Delmar and Jean Ellis on a farm by Sac City as a young man. At age 17, he joined the U.S. Air Force, leaving from Des Moines for active duty on Jan. 6, 1951. He served three years in the Air Force, including one year in Korea, and the remainder at the Air Force Base in Wichita, Kan. Ray married Mary Lou Gosch on Sept.14, 1952, in Wall Lake, Iowa, and this union was blessed with seven children. Ray was honorably discharged on Nov. 6, 1953. After his discharge, he moved back to Iowa and worked for two farmers in the Holstein and Ida Grove area. In 1957 he moved to his father’s farm near Boyer, Iowa. In 1958 he purchased a 160-acre farm north of Vail where Michael and Shannon now reside. Ray was a dedicated grain, livestock, and custom farmer for 25 years. Ray married Jean Carlson in Las Vegas, Nev., on April 17, 1981.
Ray was a loving, but strong-willed husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed being outside in the sunlight. Ray was an inventor and ingenious craftsman, able to make “something from nothing” using spare parts. He enjoyed the solitude of fishing and hunting deer, pheasants and coyote. His CB handle was “Coyote.” Ray loved country music and in 1981 he renovated an old barn near Boyer and opened a country western bar with live bands and snowmobiling around the surrounding land. Ray was a member of the American Legion Chelon Post 262 in Wall Lake for over 50 years.
Survivors include his wife, Jean; six daughters: Mary Kay and special friend, Mark; Kathy and her husband, Larry; Lori and her husband, Ray; Kristi and her husband, Bill; Alison and her husband, Doug; and Wendy and her husband, Jeff; one son, Michael and his wife, Shannon; three step-children: Joel and his wife, Jamie; Kristie and her husband, John; and Ben and his wife, Kate; 17 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; one sister, Betty; one sister-in-law, Lorraine; and one brother-in-law, Jerry; former wife, Mary Lou; and three stepbrothers: Larry and his wife, Kathleen; Glenn and special friend, Dee; and Albert and his wife, Linda; other relatives and friends.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents and stepparents, Violet and Herman; and Albert and Freda; two brothers, Vernie, and Lloyd and his wife, Trudy; one sister, Norma; and one brother-in-law; Donald.
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