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Obituary for Michael Nicholas Raml

Michael "Mike" Nicholas Raml, age 74, of Kranzburg, SD, passed away on Thursday, May 5, 2022 at Prairie Lakes Healthcare in Watertown.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., a rosary at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Kranzburg.

Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church with Father Christopher Hughes as celebrant. Eileen Lindner will be the organist.

Interment will be in the Holy Rosary Church Cemetery, Kranzburg, SD. Military Honors will be conducted by Northeast SD Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1054, and SD Army National Guard Funeral Honors Team.

Casket bearers will be Brian, Tim, Ricky and Andrew Raml, Robbi Boettcher and Lonnie Lowe.

Honorary casket bearers will be Michael's grandkids: Tucker, Madison, Cade, Ryler and Blaklee.

Michael Nicholas Raml was born August 22, 1947 to Robert and Rosella (Feyereisen) Raml of Kranzburg, SD, in Watertown, SD. He attended Holy Rosary grade school and then Waverly High School, graduating in 1965. Following graduation, Mike joined the South Dakota Army National Guard and served with the 1742nd Transportation Unit. He served for seven years in the National Guards.

Early on Mike worked at the Kranzburg Elevator and Redlin Lumber Yard building pole barns and houses, building his two homes himself.

In July of 1977, he married Cheryl Ronglien. They made their home in Kranzburg, where they farmed and raised five children. Later on in life, Mike started trucking.

Mike enjoyed road construction and hauling asphalt. His sons, Jason and Chad joined him in trucking. Some of his greatest accomplishments were farming and trucking along with his boys. Mike farmed with his sons up to the end, getting ready for planting season 2022.

Family was very important to Mike and loved his children and grandchildren very much. He was known as Papa Mike. He also loved family gatherings, doing all the cooking and baking. Kids were Mike's whole world.
At Christmas time he donated Christmas presents to Toys for Tots, and was well known for making sure every child had a candy bar and pop in his presence.

He enjoyed watching Fox news, and reading newspapers, keeping up with current events. Mike was a huge Trump fan.

Michael is survived by his children, Michelle Lekness of Watertown, Jason and Chad Raml of Kranzburg, Kristy Bendickson and special friend, Chad Stieglmeier and Kristy's children, Tucker and Madison of Sisseton; Jaclyn "Jackie" Raml (Robbi Boettcher) and children, Cade, Ryler and Blaklee of Madison; his siblings, Robert "Bob" (Deb) Raml of Watertown, Louise (James) Flavin of Cincinnati, OH, Melvin (Delores) Raml of Sioux Falls, Gerald "Jerry" (Vicky) Raml of Rapid City, and Eileen (Jerry) Winge of Watertown; and his nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by parents, Robert and Rosella Raml.

Arrangements by Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel,