Raymond Walter Sherlock was born May 24, 1936 on a farm near Remsen, the son of Julius and Anna (Nilles) Sherlock. He grew up in the Remsen area and received his education from St. Catherine's Parochial School in Oyens and St. Mary's High School in Remsen.
Ray joined the Air National Guard, 174th Fighter Bomber Squadron and served in 1953 and 1954.
He married Zelda Bauler April 19, 1958, at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Oyens.
The couple made their home in Le Mars where Ray was employed with his father-in-law, Richard Van Voorst, at Le Mars Pump and Plumbing. In 1959 the business was moved to Merrill and was renamed Merrill Plumbing and Pump. Ray and Zelda acquired full ownership of the company in 1974 and in 1977 moved from Le Mars to a farm east of Merrill. Ray had been involved with the business for more than 50 years.
Ray was a longtime member of Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church in Merrill.
Ray enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren. He also enjoyed fishing and camping when the opportunity presented itself.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Zelda Sherlock of Merrill; seven children: Steve and Kim Sherlock of Le Mars, Deb and Randy Olson of Le Mars, Bob Sherlock of Merrill, Gene and Sara Sherlock of Le Mars, Judy and Mike Schoen of Merrill, Roger and Brenda Sherlock of Hinton, and Kirk Sherlock of Le Mars; 21 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; three brothers: Alfred "Sonny" Sherlock of Le Mars, Cy (Phyllis) Sherlock of Fallbrook, Calif., and LeRoy (Claudette) Sherlock of Jefferson; eight sisters: Helen (Mark) Rolling of Kingsley, Rosie (Paul) Kurth, Loretta Hoss, Doris Rolfes, Mary (Bob) Fulton, all of Le Mars, Julie (Jim) McElhany of Sioux City, Esther (Tom) Shrader of Le Mars, and Norine (Keith) Harvey of Remsen; a sister-in-law, Mary Lou Bauler of Le Mars; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter Diane Sherlock in childhood; two brothers: Jerry Sherlock and Pat Sherlock; his parents-in-law: Herman Bauler and Margaret and Richard Van Voorst; eight brothers-in-law: Dick Hoss, Kenny Rolfes, Harry Bauler, Jack Bauler, Jerry Covert, Leonard Black, Alfred Van Voorst and Alex Van Voorst; and four sisters-in-law: Jean Covert, Rosemary Sams, Judy Sherlock and Jan Sherlock.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars with the Rev. Dan Greving and the Rev. Richard Sitzmann concelebrating.
Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. today (Monday) at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars, where there will be a rosary at 4 p.m. and a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will resume Tuesday morning at St. James Church for one hour before the funeral.
Arrangements are with the Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars.