Funeral services were held on Sept. 29, 2008 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee, with Rev. Armand Bertrand and Rev. Gene Sitzmann officiating. Burial was in the Maryhill Visitation Cemetery in rural Cherokee. Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee was in charge of arrangements.
Raymond was born on Feb. 27, 1923 on the family farm, south of Cleghorn in Cherokee County to William and Frances (Zimmer) Glassmaker. He lived his entire life on this farm. Ray attended Maryhill Elementary School and graduated from Cleghorn High School in 1941. He married Helen Steichen on May 2, 1944 in Remsen.
Ray had four loves in his life; his faith, his family, his farm and football, especially Notre Dame football.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved daughter, Mary (2000), three brothers (John, Henry, and Frank) and four sisters (Josie, Lizzie, Hilda, Dolores).
Ray is survived by his loving wife of 64 years and 13 children- Phyllis Walton and her husband Robert of King City, California; Diane Henke and her husband Doug, of Washta; Tom Glassmaker of Cleghorn; Bill Glassmaker and his wife Violet of Cherokee; Joe Glassmaker and his wife Pat of Marcus; Bob Glassmaker and his wife Sherill of Marcus; Joan Glassmaker of Cleghorn; Michelle Moret and her husband Rich of South Sioux City, Neb.; Janet Kruse and her husband Mike of Sioux City; Dave Glassmaker and his wife Michelle of Cherokee; Pete Glassmaker of South Sioux City, Neb.; Christine Wankum and her husband Jamie of McCook Lake, S.D.; Elizabeth Mallory and her husband Marc of South Sioux City, Neb.; 26 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren; two foster grandchildren; a son-in-law, Tom Dickes and numerous nieces and nephews.