Raymond Kruckenberg, 93, of Mandan, formerly of Hazen, ND, passed away peacefully, Saturday, December 5, 2020 at Edgewood Vista of Mandan. Services will be held at 10:00 AM CST, Wednesday, December 9, 2020, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Hazen with Pastor Bill Wagner officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior at the church. The family encourages all in attendance to wear a mask.
Ray was born September 19, 1927 to Ludwig and Hattie (Grosz) Kruckenberg. He attended country school and graduated from Bismarck High School. On September 25, 1949 he married Ardella Benz at Peace Lutheran Church in Hazen. Together they lived on Ray’s family farm North East of Hazen. Ray and Ardella retired and moved to Hazen in 2009. Ray moved to assisted living in Mandan in 2019.
Ray was an active member on many board of directors, including Cenex, St. Paul’s Church, Oliver Mercer and Basin Electric. Ray enjoyed working on the farm and especially tending to his livestock. He was also an avid hunter, enjoyed several trips with friends and memorable ones with his son. He also enjoyed traveling with Ardella often visiting friends and relatives. Ray enjoyed playing pinochle with friends but his favorite partner was his wife. His best “opponents” were his son and grandson, where many games were played at family gatherings.
Ray is survived by his children, Raedell (Todd) Reinhardt or Bismarck and Kim (Tasha) Kruckenberg of Bismarck; one grandson, Kristopher (Jessica) Kruckenberg of Minot; two great-granddaughters Kinslee and Harper Kruckenberg; one brother Dale Kruckenberg of Devils Lake; nieces and nephews.
Ray is preceded in death by his parents; his wife Ardella; two sisters, Elsie and Murphy; one brother, Arley
Arrangements conducted by Barbot Funeral Home, Hazen and Beulah.
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