Raymond Eugene Bokker

77
Dixon, SD (formerly of Dell Rapids)
November 28, 2023
Raymond Eugene Bokker was born in Garretson, SD, on June 2, 1946. He passed away on November 28, 2023, at his home near Dixon, SD.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 2, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Gregory. Burial followed in the Dixon Cemetery. There was a visitation from 6-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. on Friday night at the church.
He was the first born of Vernon and Elaine Bokker. Later sister Roberta (Bokker) Geraets and Sharon (Bokker) Chontos joined the family.
Ray grew up in Dell Rapids, SD, on the farm and graduated from Dell Rapids High School in 1964.
Ray attended USD College in Vermillion, SD, and then attended Black Hills State College in Spearfish, SD in 1970, graduating with a teaching degree. While there, he met the love of his life, Marlys Maxine Muffat, and the two were married on May 24, 1970.
Ray was in the National Guards and served both at Sturgis and Winner, SD, from February 1967 to May 1974.
Ray and Marlys moved to Winner and taught school. The couple added two children to their family, Sara Rae Bokker, and three years later, John Will Bokker joined them.
Ray and Marlys purchased the North Star Saloon in 1973. The North Star was the staple of the community for many years, and many friendships flourished there. They ran the North Star for 41 years until it burned down in May of 2014. Ray and Marlys were members of the SD Liquor Association, and in 2012 the North Star Saloon was named Business of the Year by the SD Liquor Association.
Ray also taught at Sinte Gleska College as an English professor.
Ray loved his family very much. He also loved hunting, fishing, repairing guns, cross country skiing and riding his bike. He was a gunsmith and made many different types of firearms.
He had a strong faith and was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Gregory, SD.
He was also the treasurer of the Dixon Township Board for 50 years, and treasurer of A.B.A.T.E. He loved to read and would share books with friends. He was also a writer and had an article published in Fur Fish & Game magazine.
Ray was a legend.
He was preceded in death by his parents Vernon and Elaine Bokker.
Ray is survived by his wife Marlys; his children: Sara Bokker of California, John (Jodi) Bokker of Spearfish, SD, and Michael (Penelope) Pfuntner of Nashville, TN; seven grand-
children; three great-grand-children; two sisters Sharon Chontos, and Roberta Geraets, both of Sioux Falls, SD; two nieces, three nephews, many cousins; and so many friends.
Funeral arrangements provided by Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home.