Ray Retrum, 97, died Monday morning, June 29, 2015 at the Glenwood Retirement Village.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, July 3, at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in Benson. Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at the Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in Benson and also for one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial followed the service at the West Bank Cemetery.
Orrin Raymond “Ray” Retrum was born February 11, 1918 in West Bank Township, Swift County, on a farm northwest of Big Bend, Minnesota. His parents were Nelvin and Magda Retrum. In 1920, he moved with his parents to a farm in section 14 of West Bank Township where he lived until he moved to Benson in 1989.
Ray was baptized and confirmed in West Bank Lutheran Church and graduated from the 8th grade at District #77, then started farming with his father and also working for the neighboring farmers.