Raymond A. Schuster, 89, Breckenridge, MN, passed away Monday, August 3, 2015, at CHI St. Francis Health, Breckenridge, MN. The Funeral Mass will be Saturday, August 8, 11:00 a.m., at St. Gall's Catholic Church, Tintah, MN. Visitation will be Friday, from 5 PM to 7 PM with a 7 PM Prayer Vigil at Vertin-Munson Funeral Home, Wahpeton, and one hour before the service at the church on Saturday. Interment will be at St. Gall's Catholic Cemetery, rural Tintah. Vertin-Munson Funeral Home, has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Raymond Arthur Schuster was born on June 12, 1926 to Frank and Mabel (Westin) Schuster at their home outside Tintah, Minnesota. Ray and his 3 older brothers and 3 younger sisters grew up in the town that their family helped found, raised in the depression years they all learned to work hard and make due with what they had. Life revolved around hard work and hard play whether it was horse racing at local fairs, hunting, fishing, or cards anything that didn't cost much was their idea of fun. The 4 brothers competed at anything and everything, making all of them great horsemen and crack shots and if you would ask them expert card players as well. Losing his mother at a young age being the youngest of the 4 boys, Ray quit school in the 8th grade to help take care of his 3 younger sisters.
Ray served in the army in WWII where he put to use his knowledge of horses and excellent marksmanship. Returning home he went to work with Bob Ray a local beekeeper who gave him his start with bee's, which became his lifelong occupation that grew to cover over 3 states and one of the early members of Sue bee honey. Ray was always doing more than just bee's, he also owned several business's including a restaurant in Tintah, The Scottsman's Bar and The Doran bar and Steakhouse, many would remember enjoying one of Ray's steaks.
In June of 1969 he married Alyce (Rogers) Seurer and settled a few miles east of Doran Minnesota where they raised 3 children. He continued to hunt and fish well into his late 70s, always enjoying the time honored tradition of deer camp with his brother LaVerne many nephews, in-laws and sons. Many will remember the frankness and generosity that earmarked Ray's personality, he said what he meant and meant what he said, he lived by his word and a handshake. Ray is the last of his family, with him passes the Greatest Generation.
He is preceded in death by his parents Frank and Mabel (Westin) Schuster, ex-wife Alyce (Rogers-Seurer) Schuster, infant twin children, Brothers, Francis, LaVerne, and Winston Schuster, sisters, Helen "Sis" Ingwalson, Patricia "Patty" Goodwin, and Margaret "Maggie" Jepma.
Ray is survived by his children, Garland Schuster, Wahpeton, ND, Francis Schuster, Forman, ND, Melissa Nordick-Winkelman, Baxter, MN, stepchildren, Gerald Seurer, St. Bonifacius, MN, Greg Seurer, Moorhead, MN, Glennis Dixon, Detroit Lakes, MN and Geretta Heinert, Woodbury, MN.
Vertin-Munson Funeral Home
224 6th Street North
Wahpeton, ND 58075
Friday, August 7, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
St. Gall's Catholic Church
Saturday, August 8, 2015
St. Gall's Catholic Cemetery
Saturday, August 8, 2015