Raymond William Bierle was born on August 23, 1925, in rural Lone Rock, the son of Charles and Alice (Murray) Bierle. He grew up in Lone Rock, where he graduated from high school. In January of 1945, Ray enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He was honorably discharged in December of 1946.
Following his school years, he pursued his love of farming. On July 31, 1949, he was united in marriage to Lucille Harmon in Algona. Together, they raised their family on farms near Lone Rock, Lakota and Buffalo Center. In 1984, Ray and Lucille moved into Buffalo Center. Ray showed his love and devotion to Lucille as her loving caretaker until her death in 1991.
Ray had a great love for his family and served as a role model for his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed fishing, baseball, bowling, golfing, and playing cards. He loved the game of croquet and was a tough competitor when he played against his family. Ray especially enjoyed his Honor Flight Trip in 2009. His faith was very important to him. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Lakota and a member of the American Legion.
On June 16, 1992, he was united in marriage to Phyllis Klaus. Together, they enjoyed wintering in California and spending their summers in Buffalo Center. They were able to travel and enjoy time together with family and friends.
Ray became a resident of Timely Mission Nursing Home in October of 2017. He joined his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, June 26, 2019.
He is survived by his beloved, Phyllis; children, Keith (Maurine) Bierle of Mesa, Ariz., Joyce (Tim) Heitland of Buffalo Center, Julie (Tom) Wallace of Marion; daughters-in-law, Lorie Bierle of Buffalo Center, JoAnn Bierle of Arkansas City, Kan.; stepchildren, Beth (Linda) Klaus, Jon (Janice) Klaus, Mark (Marsha) Klaus, Mike Klaus; 17 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Donna Bierle and Lillian Matern; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ray is preceded in death by his parents; wife Lucille; sons, Mike in 2009, Jim in 2016; infant son Jonathan; grandson Trent Bierle; infant brother Ralph; and siblings, Russell Bierle, Richard Bierle, Roy Bierle, Ersel Bernhard, Viola Dacken, June Bierstedt, Luella Palmer, Clara Koryn, and Norma Bormann.
His family and friends will miss Ray's wonderful laugh, warm smile, big hugs and quick wit.
Memorial services were Saturday, June 29 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Lakota. Interment was in Graceland Cemetery, Buffalo Center, with military honors by American Legion Post #21.