Robert Raymond, 82 of Ft. Pierre died Monday, July 13, 2009, at St. Mary's Hospital in Pierre
Services were held Friday, July 17, at the First United Methodist Church with burial in Scotty Philip Cemetery, Ft. Pierre.
Robert Russell Raymond "Rainbow" was born on August 7, 1926, to Casmir and Agnes (Helgerson) Raymond in Geddes, SD.
Bob married Mildred (Millie) Tatum on December 16, 1948, in Lake Andes, SD. They lived in Lake Andes where Bob worked on the Ft. Randall Dam. In December of 1950, Bob joined the U.S. Army and was stationed at Ft. Riley. He served his duty on the USS Barrett and Morris Rose, while stationed in England, until his honorable discharge in December of 1952. Bob returned to his family and continued working on the Ft. Randall Dam and Gavins Point Dam. In 1955, Bob and Millie moved their family to Pierre where Bob worked on the construction of the Oahe Dam until its completion. Bob helped build every major dam in South Dakota.
After the completion of the Oahe Dam construction, Bob was employed by Joe Thorne, R&W Construction, Case Implement, Ole Olson and the City of Pierre until his retirement. Post retirement, he enjoyed working for Dennis Hanson at the Ft. Pierre Livestock Commission.
Cowboying and horses have always been a part of his life, from learning to ride as a toddler, to breaking his own horses to ride. All his horses' personalities possessed his same high spirit.
Bob never passed up an opportunity to get on a horse. He loved being a rodeo pick-up man, an out-rider during the race season, helping a friend work cattle, cattle drives, and Fridays at the sale barn. Younger day events would include chariot races, a horse back visit or two to a public establishment, and just a few amateur rodeos at Dudley's.
Even though he has always made horses a part of his life, Bob had to give up riding a few years ago, but still managed to own a horse with the help of his great friends. He never turned down a chance to lend a helping hand and never met a stranger.
Bob had a profound respect for his cowboy family and the utmost respect for the horse. The cowboy way definitely characterized Rainbow's way of life. Bob's pastimes included daily phone calls with Joe, Willie, Dave, Gordon and Scotty, providing his political opinions to family and friends, and antagonizing telemarketers.
Bob is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mildred; a sister, Valda Kennedy of Reno, NV; a brother, Robert Russell Raymond of Wagner, SD; a son, Dean Raymond (Deb) of Pierre; daughters, Debbie Miller (Mike) of Philip, Monica Harding (Steve) of Pierre and Kay Person of Ft. Pierre. Bob and Millie have six children, 18 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, four sisters, two daughters and one son-in-law.
Isburg Funeral Chapel of Pierre was in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to www.isburgfuneral chapels.com