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Raymond Scharnowske

April 18, 1936-Feb. 16, 2011

Raymond Dean Scharnowske, 74, died Wednesday, February 16, 2011, at his home in Bismarck, N.D.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21 in First Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, and at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23 in McCabe United Methodist Church, Bismarck.

Military graveside honors will be held at the North Dakota Veteran's Cemetery, Mandan.

Raymond was born the son of Earle H. and Irene (Hedstrom) Scharnowske on April 18, 1936, in Bismarck. He graduated from Bismarck High School in 1954. In 1953, Raymond joined the North Dakota Army National Guard, where he served for over 40 years.

During his service with the National Guard, Raymond held multiple positions. The two most significant were the first full-time State Command Sergeant Major and the first full-time NCO Commandant at the Regional Training Institute located in Devils Lake, N.D.

Upon retirement, Raymond moved to Detroit Lakes, where he lived for 14 years. While there he was an active member and volunteer at First Lutheran Church. He also loved hunting, spending time outdoors at his lake home and using his carpentry and woodworking skills volunteering with the Helping Hands organization.

Surviving Raymond are his wife, Carol, of Bismarck; his daughters, Kerri Scharnowske and Kathy Kalvoda, both of Bismarck, and Karen (Paul) Munson of Shoreview, Minn.; his son, Robert (Danielle) of Bismarck; his stepchildren, Craig (Jewel) Lambrecht of Bismarck and Gene (JoAnn) Lambrecht of North Kingstown, R.I.; grandchildren, Kimberly and Kelly Kalvoda of Bismarck, Grant and Lexi Munson of Shoreview; step-grandchildren, Tabatha, Aiden, London, Tovah and Afton Lambrecht of Bismarck; sisters, Joan (Leland) Skabo of Dickinson and Kay Meland of Mesa, Ariz.; goddaughter, Heidi Biederstedt of Fargo; Lyda Scharnowske, Bismarck; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding Raymond in death were his parents; brother, James; son-in-law, Terry Kalvoda; brother-in-law, Bruce Meland; and niece, Paula Hartze.

Memorials may be given to the North Dakota Veteran's Cemetery or to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

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