Raymond “Dennis” Buchholz


August 13, 1940 - October 29, 2019


Raymond “Dennis” Buchholz

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.


Friday, November 1, 2019
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 PM Prayer Service

Northridge Baptist Church
323 W 23rd Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Saturday, November 2, 2019
Northridge Baptist Church
323 W 23rd Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Sunset Memorial Park
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Kory and Heather Christianson on November 15, 2019
My wife and I knew Dennis from Northridge Baptist Church. One of the very nicest people we have ever met.
Posted by Bob & Diane Fauth on November 4, 2019
Zelma and family, our sympathy for your loss. He was always caring about others. He'll be missed here at the Village.
Posted by Jim & Dawne Wold on November 4, 2019
Zelma, sorry to hear of the loss of Dennis, our prayers and sympathy.
Posted by Jim and Irene Schaaf on November 3, 2019
Darlene and family so sorry for your loss. Prayers for family
Posted by Sharon Daum Bartelt on November 3, 2019
Dennis was like a second dad to me, the year after I graduated from college and lived with the Buchholzs in their basement. He had such a cheerfulness to him. His dedication to Jesus and his family was evident in his everyday life. My heartfelt sympathy to all of his family.
Posted by Jerry & Marilyn Schoenwether on November 3, 2019
What a great attitude Dennis had, even through the ruff times of his health problems. He had a smile for everyone. He will be missed here in RVICS Village.
Posted by Karen Bishop on November 3, 2019
I will always remember Dennis's kind eyes. Sending love to all.
Posted by Charlie & Anne Beers on November 3, 2019
Dennis will be missed by many, many friends we got to work with Dennis & Zelma at RVICS Hdq. We truly will miss him, our Love & Prayers go out to Zelma & family.
Posted by Paul and Mid Lantz on November 3, 2019
We were privileged to know and love Dennis since early in our years working with RVICS. We will miss him. Our prayers are with Zelma and family. God bless
Posted by Wanda Carter on November 3, 2019
Julie, so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and family.
Posted by Rhonda Broski on November 1, 2019
I was so sorry to hear of Dennis’s passing. He was such a kind man that had a ready smile. My sympathies to his entire family.
Posted by Don & Ethel Berndt on November 1, 2019
Our sympathy & prayers are with your family, sorry that we are unable to attend the service on Sat..
Posted by Bob Marler on October 31, 2019
Rest In Peace Dennis. I will remember you as a man with a great smile any pleasant to be around
Posted by Ron & Cindy Axt on October 31, 2019
Dennis was really a kind man!!!
Posted by Don and Leanne Bradwisch on October 31, 2019
Our condolences to the families!
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