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Ray Fred IDEKER

Male 1916 - 2000  (84 years)


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  • Name Ray Fred IDEKER 
    Born 13 Jun 1916  Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 8 Dec 2000  Humboldt, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    • SSDI: #504-03-8022, born 13 Jun 1916, died 8 Dec 2000; Res. 57035, Humboldt, Minnehaha, SD.

      From Argus Leader, Sioux Falls, SD Saturday, Dec. 9, 2000:
      “Ray Ideker, 84, dies as envy of many good S.D. anglers”
      By Denise D. Tucker, Argus Leader”
      HUMBOLDT--A little more than four years ago, Ray Ideker was just a guy who loved to fish.
      On March 17, 1995, he became a local fishing legend.
      After casting his line into the waters below the dam at Lake Vermillion southwest of Humboldt and engaging in a 30-minute battle, he managed to drag a 22 1/2 pound northern pike to shore.
      Ray Ideker, 84, of Humboldt died Friday, Dec. 8, 2000, at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls from pancreatic cancer.
      “For every 22 1/2 pounder, there were many, many times when he got nothing,” said Ideker’s son, Jeffery, of West Chester, Pa.
      But, those dry spells didn’t dispel his peers from wanting to cast their lines near him.
      Whenever Ideker went ice fishing, once his homemade ice shack was recognized, people would gravitate to him.
      “It warms your heart a little bit that even the younger men liked to fish with Dad,” said Jeffery Ideker.
      Because of his love for fishing, Ideker’s friends spanned generations.
      “He would talk about fishing with anybody, but he would not tell them where a good spot was for fishing,” said Ideker’s son.
      “As a child, we would all pile into a ‘55 Ford station wagon and go to Lake Vermillion to cast for walleyes.”
      But, fishing at Big Stone Lake was the highlight.
      “That’s where Dad taught me how to fish,” said Jeffery Ideker. “He taught us how to bait our hooks and how much line to release.”
      Today, Jeffery Ideker doesn’t have to look any farther than his father’s den to be reminded of how much his father loved the sport. The 22 1/2 pound pike is mounted on the wall.
      Ray Fred Ideker was born June 13, 1916, in Sioux Falls. He worked with the Boeing Co. in Seattle from 1942 to 1945, where he assembled B-17 and B-29 bombers.
      He married Elizabeth Hansen Jan. 14, 1942, in Kirkland, Wash. After the couple returned to South Dakota, he became the owner and operator of Ideker Garage in Humboldt.
      He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Humboldt. He was a former member of the Humboldt’s Merchant’s Association;’ Humboldt Volunteer Fire Department, where he was a former fire chief; and former Boy Scout leader.
      In addition to his wife and son, survivors include two sons: Ray Howard of Brevard, N.C.; and Lance of Temecula, Calif; two daughters: Cynthia Gillen of Jasper, Minn.; and Janet Rieffenberger of Watertown; 13 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; two brothers: Leonard and Larry, both of Humboldt; and four sisters: Ethel Dean and Vera Adamson, both of Sioux Falls; Eva Eisenberg of Englewood, Colo.; and Jeannette Schievelbein of Tempe, Ariz.
      Services will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday in St. Paul Lutheran Church in Humboldt, with burial in the Humboldt Cemetery.
      Visitation will begin at noon Monday in Miller Funeral Home, downtown location, with the family present following the prayer service at 7 p.m. Monday in the funeral home.
      The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to the American Cancer Society or St. Paul Lutheran Church in Humboldt.”
    Person ID I1738  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 7 May 2018 

    Father John F. IDEKER,   b. 24 Sep 1882, Caledonia, Houston, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Dec 1967, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Mother Klara “Clara” Eve VOELSCH,   b. 27 Jun 1885, Minnehaha Co., South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Feb 1965, Humboldt, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 15 Aug 1905  Hartford, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F589  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth HANSEN 
    Married 14 Jan 1942  Kirkland, King, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Jeffery IDEKER
     2. Ray Howard IDEKER
     3. Lance IDEKER
     4. Cynthia IDEKER
     5. Janet IDEKER
    Last Modified 19 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F817  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 13 Jun 1916 - Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
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