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.
In 1938 his family moved to the Bruce and Minnie Herman ranch where Ray grew up with his sisters. As a young man, Ray worked road construction and helped build the Highway 16 bridge at Chamberlain, SD.
He met the love of his life at a dance in Presho, SD. This union welcomed three children – Guy, Timothy, and Dawn.
After her husband, Lorne, retired in 1989, they traveled the United States where they made many friends.
They enjoyed visiting their children and grandchildren.
He grew up on the White River bottom, where he learned to grow up tough after being bitten by a rattlesnake.
He attended Bull Creek Country School through the eighth grade and Chamberlain High School, graduating in 1973.
After high school, he attended the University of South Dakota at Springfield for one year.
He then returned to the ranch and worked with his father, and continued working there until his death.
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.