As a young child, the family moved to a farm northwest of Murdo where she attended country school.
She later graduated from Murdo High School before going on to Springfield Normal College where she obtained a teaching certificate. She married Carroll Broecher November 11, 1937 in Kennebec, SD, making their home on a farm near Murdo.
His creative side came through in poetry he wrote, paintings, playing music, and the fun cartoon doodles he always drew. 6, 1934, in Dimock, SD, the son of Fernand and Elizabeth (Kummer) Schoenfelder. The couple lived most of their lives in the Sioux City area, where they owned and operated K-D Fir Farm, a mink ranch, for 25 years as well as Fashion Fur.
In addition to his wife Twyla, Ray’s surviving family members include three children and their families– Sioux Falls residents Guy and Pamela, and their children Charysh, Miranda, and Garrett; Presho, SD residents Tim and Rita and their sons Todd and Mike; and Vivian, SD residents Dawn and Pat and their children Cody, Arielle, and Jeff. He attended school in Kennebec, SD and graduated from high school in 1951. In later years, he worked for Custom Wood Works until retiring in 2007.
Throughout Ray and Twyla’s humble beginnings, they worked closely with Ray’s parents Bruce and Minnie. As the years went by, the farm and ranch grew, and soon Ray’s sons Guy and Tim were farming alongside him.
In later years, a third generation, Tim’s son Todd, joined the operation.
He was a big fan of the lawn mower races, where he was Brian’s one and only pit man.
He took pride in his cattle herd, knowing each cow almost individually. As markets changed over time, he transitioned to raising more Angus, which he sure cussed a lot more on cattle working days.
They were able to spend the winter in Arizona and the summer at home in Oacoma or with their children across the United States.
She is survived by her children: Dan (Merry) Houser of Des Moines, IA; Greg (Debbie) Houser of Gillette, WY; Susan (Doug) Wittenhagen of Holdridge, NE; and Mike Houser of Cle Elm, WA; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren; two sisters Peggy Reis of Oacoma, SD and Colleen Short of Piedmont, SD; one brother Roland Hickey of Oacoma, SD; and multiple nieces and nephews that called her “Grandma Jo”. "Will" Reis, 62, of Reliance, SD, will be pm Friday, January 19, 2018 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Chamberlain, with burial in the Riverview Cemetery at Chamberlain.
After her husband, Lorne, retired in 1989, they traveled the United States where they made many friends.