Funeral service for Raymond Konechne, 81, of Kimball was held at 11:00 am Friday, October 21, 2016 at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Kimball with burial in St. Margaret’s Catholic Cemetery at Kimball. Raymond Charles Konechne was born May 3, 1935 at the family farm at Kimball to Charles and Ellen (Mulcrone) Konechne. He attended Kimball High School and passed on attending college to take on the responsibilities of managing the family farm with his father Charles. He started a successful hog farrowing operation that helped send his seven brothers and sisters to college. On August 17, 1961, Raymond was united in marriage to Ruth Elaine Geppert. Their daughter Robin came into their lives in 1967 and son Russell in 1970. Like his father, Russ eventually took over the family farm in Kimball. Ray loved hunting and fishing in his younger years and was an avid Minnesota Twins fan. He also was a voracious reader, followed current events and could converse on almost any topic. The farm was always a great love of his, keeping his role as advisor and inspector of crops. Ray ramrodded decades of family pheasant hunts and helped tutor and supervise generations of pheasant hunting and gun safety. Ray followed and rooted for his grandchildren’s many sports and activities they were involved in and was certainly a proud grandfather. He was a member of St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Kimball and also of the Knights of Columbus. The family mourns the passing of Ray, husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle at the age of 81. Ray passed away peacefully at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls on Tuesday, October 18th, surrounded by several family members. Surviving Ray are his wife and caregiver Ruth, daughter Robin (Casey) Hutmacher of Oacoma; son Russell (fiancé Jennifer Anderson) Konechne of Kimball, SD; brothers Norm (Sandee) Konechne of Pierre, SD, Leonard (Linda) Konechne of Arvada, CO and Charles “Chuck” (Susie) Konechne of Zachary, LA; and sisters Mary Calvin of Colorado Springs, CO, Karen (Dr. Jerry) Haskin of New Orleans, LA and Ann (Dennis) Richards of Kalamazoo, MI. He will also be missed by his grandchildren Austin, Adam, and Abby Hutmacher, Dylan and Jansen Konechne, and Jacob, Zachary, and Dagny Anderson as well as many nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents, a sister Marjorie Todd, brother-in-law Dr. James Calvin, and a niece Michelle Konechne.