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Raymond Clark

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Raymond Clark, 78, of Pierre, S.D., formerly of Bemidji, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, at Sanford USD Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji with Rev. Jesse Haley officiating. Visitation will be held from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji and one hour prior to the service Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the spring at the Evergreen-Northern Township Cemetery in Bemidji.

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He was born Nov. 6, 1930, to George and Arvella (Phelps) Clark in Tenney, Minn. He was moved to the Hubbard County area of Northern Minnesota as a young child, where he grew up farming and raising cattle and hogs with his father. He married Margaret Mae "Peggy" Grimsley Nov. 16, 1963, at the Cass Lake Lutheran Church. They had no children. They lived in Nymore during their entire married life until she died in 1991. He continued to live in Nymore until February 2007 when longtime friends of 15 years, Steve and Angie Lang, moved him to Pierre to take care of him at their home while his health continued to diminish because of cancer. He was an avid fisherman, summer and winter, and loved the outdoors. His pride and joy were his 2 Chesapeake Bay retrievers.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two brothers and a sister.

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