Raymond Eldon Link, 79, passed away June 19, 2012, at Gordon Memorial Hospital in Gordon. Raymond was born March 8, 1933, at home near Golden Valley, North Dakota. His parents were John and Regina (Renner) Link. He attended a rural school near his farm. He was confirmed in the Lutheran church as a young man.
Raymond spent his whole life connected to the earth. He was a farmer, rancher, and shepherd. He worked for many farmers and ranchers during his lifetime. He had to operate and repair many machines, so as he aged he enjoyed collecting miniature tractors. He used his God-given gift of music to lift his spirits every day. He knew the melody and words to hundreds of songs.
His first language was German and he always looked for someone who spoke German. His friendly smile, teasing, joking demeanor, and storytelling ability will always be remembered. He was fiercely patriotic and proud that four of his children had served America in military service. He became a member of and faithfully served the Wesleyan Gospel Chapel in Gordon.
Raymond married Joy Skjefte and to that union were born five children: Howard, Gerald, Doreen, Arnold, and Raymond Jr.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy; his first wife, Joy Schmidt; children: Howard (Marsha) of Casper, Wyo.; Gerald (Dawn) of Williston, N.D.; Doreen (Karl) of Fayetteville, N.C.; and Arnold John (Carmen) of Atlanta, Ga.; stepchildren: Jeff (Kristi) Driscoll of Orlando, Fla.; Larry Driscoll of Riverton, Wyo.; and Sheri (Ted) Ehlers of Sterling, Colo.. He was proud of his fourteen grandchildren. He had waited and hoped to see his first great-grandchild. He is also survived by many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Lorraine Braun and Elda Weind; and brothers, Walter and Harold Link; and one son, Raymond Jr.
Funeral services were held June 23, 2012, at the Wesleyan Gospel Chapel in Gordon. Burial was held at the Gordon Cemetery. Visitation was held Friday at the Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home.
A memorial has been established for the Wesleyan Gospel Chapel and donations may be sent in care of Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home, PO Box 366, Gordon, NE, 69343.