Ray Earl Wieger, 89, of Russell, Kansas, died on Monday, July 30, 2018, at the Russell Regional Hospital in Russell, Kansas.
Ray was born on January 26, 1929, in Waubay, South Dakota, the son of John and Lizzie (Bloom) Wieger. Ray grew up on the family farm in Waubay and attended country schools. He met, fell in love and was united in marriage to Delores Helwig on June 15, 1950, in Grenville, South Dakota. From this union Ray and Delores were blessed with 3 children Joan, Darrell and Duane. Ray and Delores moved to Russell around 1950. He worked in the oil field as a heavy equipment operator. He was a long time member of St. Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Russell. He enjoyed working on and rebuilding old dozers, football, Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs, playing cards and going to the casino. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family.
Surviving family include his daughter Joan Blake and husband Randy of Manhattan, Kansas; sons Darrell Wieger and wife Jennifer and Duane Wieger and wife Kim all of Russell; sister Doris Osborne; 6 grandchildren Justin, Melody, Jennifer, Kristin, Ashley and Shannon and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Delores on June 08, 2010; 4 brothers Herb, Melvin, Fred and Ed Wieger and 5 sisters Freddie Schultz, Carline Labarr, Marie Wieger, Pearl Hammon and Ruth Braley
A celebration of Ray's life will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, August 02, 2018, at St. Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Father Dan Scheetz and Father James Grennan officiating. Visitation will be from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. on Wednesday, August 01, 2018, at the mortuary. A vigil service will follow at 7 P.M. Wednesday evening at the catholic church. Memorials may be given to the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery and sent in care of the mortuary. Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell, Kansas, is in charge of the funeral service arrangements.