Fr. Raymond Deisch_____________________________
Fr. Raymond Deisch, 78, passed away January 15, 2014, at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Born January 10, 1936, in Presho to Lester and Mable (Martin) Deisch, he attended Presho Public Grade School. For his freshman and sophomore years of high school he went to St. Henry Prep School, Belleville, Ill.; as a junior and senior he went to Nazareth Hall, St. Paul, Minn. He attended Regis College for one year followed by St. John Seminary, Collegeville, Minn., where he earned his masters of divinity degree.
Bishop William T. McCarty ordained Father Deisch on May 26, 1962, at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Rapid City.
He was assigned to parishes in Sturgis, Rapid City, Philip, Milesville, Bear Butte, Hereford, Red Owl, Lead, Gregory and Burke. He also served as a chaplain at the Fort Meade VA Hospital. He retired June 30, 2005, and moved to Casa Maria Priests Retirement Home, Piedmont. Following retirement he assisted with ministry at St. Martin Monastery, Rapid City. His retirement allowed him to spend more time with his friends and extended family.
At St. Patrick Parish, Lead, and St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Sturgis, he was instrumental in building new churches. At Blessed Sacrament Parish, Rapid City, and St. Joseph Parish, Gregory, he oversaw restructuring the church buildings.
Father Deisch served the Diocese of Rapid City as a vocation director and in 1998, he was appointed Episcopal vicar for the southern area of the diocese. He also served on several advisory boards: Priests Senate, Consultors, Presbyterial Council, and Priests Retirement and Aid Association. In the 1970s, he wrote a column for the West River Catholic diocesan newspaper, “The Word Alive.”
He was an artist in several mediums – wood sculpting, painting, and stained glass. He built small stained glass windows for St. Joseph Parish, Gregory, and large windows for Casa Maria and Our Lady of the Black Hills, Piedmont, and Terra Sancta, Rapid City. He was an avid skier and he enjoyed cooking.
He had an extensive prayer life through contemplative prayer that led him to become a person of action and service. He and another priest brought SEARCH (Search for Christian Maturity) to the diocese. He was one of the founders of the Jesus Caritas Priests Support Group and he helped in obtaining the Caritas retreat cabin at Silver City.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Irene Muldoon; and five brothers, Ronald, John, Harold, Martin and Milton.
He is survived by nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Monday, January 20, at the church, with Fr. Dan Smith presiding (his great-nephew from the Diocese of Sioux Falls). The homilist was Msgr. William O’Connell, and the priests of the Diocese of Rapid City were concelebrants.
Interment was January 21 at Holy Angels Catholic Cemetery in Presho, followed by a reception at Christ the King Church.
A memorial has been established.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home, Rapid City. An online guestbook can be signed at www.osheimschmidt. com.