Raymond Kaelberer, 91, New Salem, died at his home, surrounded by his family, on August 2, 2013.
Funeral services will be held at 2 pm on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at Salem United Church of Christ, New Salem, with Reverend Ron Hildahl officiating. Burial will follow at the Bethel Cemetery in rural New Salem.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 pm on Monday, August 5, 2013 at the Buehler-Larson Funeral Chapel in New Salem and continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.
Raymond Christian Gustaf Kaelberer was the only child of Herman and Esther (Wullschleger) Kaelberer. He was born on July 3, 1922 at his parents' farm in rural New Salem. He was baptized and confirmed at Bethel Church, and grew up on the farm, attending New Salem schools.
Raymond served in the US Army during World War II as a Tank Mechanic with the 11th Armored Division, 22nd Tank Battalion. He saw his first action on New Year's Day 1945 when his unit engaged in combat near Bastogne Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge. He continued service in the European Theater to the end of the war, driving his halftrack and tools through France, Belgium, Germany, and Austria.
Following the war, Raymond returned to North Dakota to work on the family farm. He married Dorlene C. Albrecht on September 3, 1947, and continued farming for the next 46 years. He was a lifetime member of Bethel Church, singing in the choir and serving on the Consistory.
Raymond was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Dorlene, New Salem; daughter, Vicki Nagel, St Paul, MN; three sons, Ronald and Jaya, San Diego, CA, Kevin and BJ Vinson, Oklahoma City, OK, Monte and Debra, Greenbelt, MD, seven grandchildren, Julie and Melanie Kaelberer, Michele West and Doug Nagel, Kori and Derek Kaelberer, and Devon Kaelberer; and one great-grandchild, Alex West.