Ray Buckley, 91, of Mitchell died, Sunday, March 1, 2020 at Firesteel Health Care Center in Mitchell. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Wednesday, March 11, at Bittner Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in American Legion Cemetery in Mitchell with military rights. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Tuesday at Bittner Funeral Chapel.
Ray Norman Buckley was born on January 11, 1929 to Fred and Esther (Oanes) Buckley in Hetland, SD. At the age of 10 years old, Ray’s parents relocated the family to Brookings, SD. At the age of 17 he enlisted in the Airforce. He married the love of his life, Evelyn Fouts, on June 6, 1953 in Brookings.
After returning from the service, Ray worked many years in the retail industry. He began with Red Owl Stores in Brookings, and moved to Mitchell, SD in 1963 for a department manager position at Red Owl. He, also, worked for 10 years at Grigg’s Sporting in Mitchell. Ray, then, worked at the Sheriff’s office for 14 years as a jailer, until he retired at 70 years old.
Ray was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Mitchell, American Legion for 56 years, National Wild Turkey Federation, James Valley Comm. Center, and the National Field Archery Association.
Ray is survived by his wife, Evelyn; sons, Devin Buckley, and Ryan (Stacy) Buckley; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; brother, Gene (Donna) Buckley; brother-in-law, Denny (Helen) Fouts; and nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his three sons, Gary, Chris, and Alan Buckley; and two brothers.