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Raymond Carl Poppe

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CROFTON — Raymond Carl Poppe, 92, Crofton, died Jan. 3, 2021, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, S.D.

A private family Mass of Christian Burial will be Jan. 14, at 10:30 a.m., at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Crofton.

Burial will be in the St. Rose of Lima Cemetery, with military rites by the Crofton American Legion Post 128.

A public viewing will be held from 4-6 p.m., Jan. 13, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Facemasks and social distancing will be required at the public viewing. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home, Crofton.

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Pallbearers will be grandchildren, Jason Drotzmann, Kelly Drotzmann, Brent Drotzmann, Travis Poppe, Cassie Mueller, Joey Tramp, Lindsay Peterson and Megan Dreesen.

Honorary pallbearers are Bobby Drotzmann and Chad Poppe.

Raymond Carl was born March 21, 1928, on the family farm near Crofton to George and Emma (Einneman) Poppe. He was raised with his two brothers, Ewald George and John Henry Poppe. Ray was baptized and confirmed into the Catholic Church in 1954 by Father Bernard Westermann. Ray went through the eighth grade at New Home Country School. He stayed at home and farmed with his dad, his uncle, Carl, and his brother, John, until he was drafted into the U.S. Army Feb. 28, 1951, and served until Feb. 21, 1952. He went overseas to Germany and later was in the Reserves until April 4, 1957. Ray married JoAnn E. Foxhoven June 8, 1955, in Constance. They farmed raising cattle, hogs and grain. Ray continued his passion of farming until 2015 when his health prevented him from having an active role.

He was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church and the Crofton American Legion Post #128. Ray liked to tinker on an old Model “A” truck he owned.

Ray is survived by his wife, JoAnn, Crofton; four children, Arlen (Peggy) Poppe, Crofton; Cindy (Joe) Kollars, Crofton; Alan (Donna) Poppe, Crofton; and Lori (Kevin) Tramp, Crofton; eight grandchildren; 14 greatgrandchildren; brother, Ewald (Shirley) Poppe, Crofton; and sister-in-law, Beatrice Poppe, Crofton.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two grandchildren, Bobby Drotzmann and Chad Poppe; and brother, John Poppe.