OBIT: Raymond C. Smith

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal

Raymond C. Smith, 72, of Devils Lake, ND, formerly of Belcourt, ND, left for the Spirit World on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, in Devils Lake. The Wake for Raymond will be held on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019 at the Tekakwitha Center, St. Michael, ND, beginning at 5 p.m. with a Rosary and Prayer Service at 7 p.m. The procession to St. Michael will leave on Friday at 4 p.m. from City Plaza in Devils Lake. Funeral Services for Raymond will be on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. also at the Tekakwitha Center with Father Paul Schuster officiating. Burial will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery with Military Honors accorded by the Spirit Lake Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6547. Raymond Clarence Smith was born on March 9, 1947, at Belcourt the son of Wallace and Rita (Schroeder) Smith. He grew up in Belcourt and entered the United States Army on April 29, 1966, and served his country during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged from the Army on April 28, 1969, with the rank of Specialist 4. He then entered the United States Marine Corp on Aug. 23, 1972, and proudly served his country until March 19, 1975, when he was honorably discharged. Raymond returned to North Dakota and lived most of his life in Devils Lake. Raymond was united in marriage to Camilla Peltier on Dec. 3, 2002. Raymond worked various jobs including DTI (Dakotah Tribal Industries) and Sioux Manufacturing in Fort Totten and also the Spirit Lake Casino and Resort. Raymond loved working at the Casino and Resort. He worked in the Housekeeping Department and also the Food and Beverage Department. He enjoyed meeting new people and working with his co-workers. Raymond gave everybody lots of love and also respected everybody. Raymond was a well-known person and touched the hearts of many people. Raymond is survived by; his wife of 17 years, Camilla Smith; seven children, Mary (Michael) McDonald, Ginger (Michael) Rue, Monica Gonzales, Owen (Denise) McKay, Reign (Misty) Roofwalker, Tim McKay and Sheila (Paul) Robertson all of Devils Lake; forty-nine grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; brother, Bennett Smith of Calif.; sister, Shirley Rossenberg, Grand Forks, ND; sisters-in-law, Brenda Peltier and Lila Vannett both of Devils Lake; brother-in-law, Pat Peltier also of Devils Lake; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by; his parents, Wallace and Rita; brother, Jerry Schroeder; sister, Doris Smith; nephew, Mason McKay; and several beloved aunts and uncles. Active Pallbearers will be: Trevon Alexander, Tim McKay, Charlie Kiviniemi, Reign Roofwalker, Owen McKay and Dawnti McKay. Honorary Bearers are: Michael Ray and Ginger Rue and kids, Earl Landers, Lila Vannett, Lain Adams, Tim McKay III, Sheila Robertson, Lonnie Charboneau, Delbert Herald, Michael Rossenberg, Dick Rossenberg, Raymond’s forty-nine grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. If we forgot anybody it was not intentional. Please forgive us as we do our best at this very difficult time.