Raymond Rothfuss

Raymond Rothfuss


September 3, 1923 - November 30, 2022


Raymond Rothfuss, 99, of Mitchell, SD, passed away Wednesday, November 30, 2022, at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Saturday, December 3, at Faith Missionary Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Rock Creek Cemetery in rural Mitchell. Visitation will be Friday from 5-7:00 PM at Faith Missionary Church with a 6:30 PM prayer service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Raymond Rothfuss was born September 3, 1923 to Harry and Mable (Alderson) Rothfuss in Wells, KS. He graduated from high school in Miltonvale, KS.

He served in the Navy in World War II as a Motor Machinist Mate 3rd Class.

In 1948, Ray married Elenora Schurle. For 14 years he and Elenora owned and operated Rothfuss Grocery in Miltonvale, KS. From 1960 to 1970, Ray and his brother, Paul, owned and operated Rothfuss Brothers Construction in Junction City, KS. While living in Junction City, Ray and Elnora adopted Sue, Steve, Sandy, and Stan. In 1971, Ray moved his family to Rapid City, SD; and then to Greeley, CO where he owned and operated a mobile home park. They lived in Scottsbluff, NE; Duncan, OK; Spartanburg, SC; and Lewisville, TX. In 1978, Ray moved his family to Mitchell, SD, where he started Custom Builders in partnership with Paul Williams. He worked for a few years for a local company, Puetz Construction.

Elenora passed away in 1985, and then he married Cheryl Croyle in 1986. Together, they adopted Jonathan and Tony.

Ray was a member of the Faith Missionary Church where he served as an usher, Sunday School Superintendent, and on the church board. He also served on the board of Faith Bible School.

Ray is survived by his wife, Cheryl of Mitchell; sons, Steve (Rosanne) Rothfuss of Table Rock, NE, Stan (Pam) Rothfuss of Lake Stevens, WA, Jon (Brandy) Rothfuss, of Grand Forks, ND, Tony (Audrey) Rothfuss, of Mitchell, SD; daughters, Susan (Randy) Swihart Lewisville, TX and Sandy (Marty) Saine, of Vero Beach, Florida; nineteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; and brothers, Paul (Marilyn) Rothfuss of Topeka, KS and Darrell (Rose) Rothfuss of Junction City, KS.        

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Don and Richard; sister, Wilma; and brother-in-law, Dale Rumbaugh.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be directed to Faith Missionary Church Building Fund or Faith Bible School Multi-Purpose Building, 1009 E. 6th Ave, Mitchell, SD  57301.



Friday, December 2, 2022
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 PM Prayer Service

Faith Missionary Church
1029 E 6th Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Saturday, December 3, 2022
10:30 AM
Faith Missionary Church
1029 E 6th Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Rock Creek Cemetery
Rural Mitchell, SD

Posted by Loren Hunt on December 11, 2022
I had the privilege of knowing Ray and worked with him in the summer of β€˜78. I can’t picture him without that beaming smile. Even though he was 3 times my age, and he took 3 steps to my 2, I had to hurry to keep up with him and always be on the alert for the next prank or joke. What an amazing, wonderful example of a Spirit-filled life! I look forward to seeing you again, sir!
Posted by Lisa Walton on December 9, 2022
Prayers for your family Cheryl. Gods blessings and comfort to you all.
Posted by Joy Schley on December 4, 2022
Prayers for your family Cheryl.
Posted by Carrie Carlson on December 4, 2022
Mr.Rothfuss was a kind and gentle soul. My thoughts and prayers to Cheryl and family.
Posted by Rachel Amaya on December 2, 2022
Any time I would come over, he would joke around and call me ornery. He was my friend, I will miss him.
Posted by Paul and Melanie Smiley on December 2, 2022
He always nodded or said hello when I walked by. His face seemed to glow all the time.
Posted by Glenn Tolle on December 1, 2022
An admirable and well-lived life. We will miss you, Ray.
Posted by Victor Warden on December 1, 2022
I will always have great memories of Bro Rothfuss! He was a kind, hard working Godly man! Condolences and prayers for the entire family! πŸ™πŸ»
Posted by Paul Kruse on December 1, 2022
Ray always treated me with respect and kindness! I admired him greatly!
Posted by Glenn Stafford on December 1, 2022
Ray always said he never met a donut he didn't like
Posted by Luke Nagel on December 1, 2022
Such an awesome man I am going to miss him I bumped into him a lot at Walmart when I was there he always had a story to tell.
Posted by Louis & Wanda Grisham on December 1, 2022
Such a kind man, who always had a smile and cheerful word to say. Glad for the hope (& reality) of Heaven! Love & prayers for the family.
Posted by Eugene Rothfuss on December 1, 2022
Uncle Ray had a pranksters sense of humor. Loved him.
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