Raymond 'Ray' Halder, the son on Isreal and Iris (Mason) Halder, was born on a farm in Marshall Township, Laurens, Iowa on May 4, 1932. At the age of seven, he moved to a farm south of Varina with his parents. Ray attended St. Columbkille School in Varina from 1939 to 1946, when the family moved to an acreage west of Pocahontas. He attended Sacred Heart Catholic School, where he graduated in 1951.
On January 12, 1952 he was united in marriage to Betty Milefchik. They made their home on a farm near Varina until 1957, when they moved to Fort Dodge. Ray went to work for Welp and McCartan and Fort Dodge Limestone. In 1968, the family moved to Cherokee and Ray started a lime spreading, rock and gravel business. In 1984, he went driving over the road, hauling sheet rock and other material for Umthun Trucking out of Eagle Grove, IA. In 1991, he went to work for Christensen Bros, hauling heavy equipment. In 2002, Ray retired due to heath problems.
Ray is survived by his wife, Betty Halder of Cherokee; four sons and their spouses: Randy (Lori) of Seward, NE, Michael (Deb) of Cherokee, Kevin (Kathi) of Cherokee and Neal (Elizabeth) of Ankeny; six daughters and their spouses: Janet (John) Nicolino of Des Moines, Charlotte (Dan) Schueder of Cherokee, Debra Foreman of Marshall MO, Nancy (Brad) Rupp of Plant City, FL, Cynthia (Rick) Adams of Clive, and Catherine (Rick) Roe of Clive; 26 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Evelyn Bittner of Pocahontas and Calista Hammes of Pocahontas. Ray was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, grandson, and a granddaughter.
Ray was active in the 3rd and 4th degree Knights of Columbus until it became too hard for him at attend the meetings and activities. In his earlier years, he would take the motor home and several knights and their wives and attend the conventions. He liked camping at Cutty's and taking the motor home on other trips with his family. Ray enjoyed listening to Guy Lombardo, Lawrence Welk, and polka music on Saturday nights.