Raymond Richard Brabazon


RAYMOND RICHARD BRABAZON was born October 1, 1911 to Bryon Moses and Evelyn Ann Brabazon at the family homestead near Lodgepole, SD.
He died at his home July 22, 2002 from heart failure. He was 90 years, 9 months and 21 days of age at the time of his death.
Raymond lived his entire life in Perkins County. He attended elementary school at Lodgepole and graduated from Hettinger High School in 1930. He was interested in becoming a football coach during his high school years but because of hardship, less than 20/20 vision and a broken nose from playing the game, he didn't follow sports as an occupation, but remained interested throughout his life and watched all types of sports on TV.

He became owner of his first sheep at 6 years of age and that was the beginning of his life as a sheepman. In fact, the day before he passed away, he spent the entire day herding sheep. In March of 1934 Raymond and his brother Glenn left the home place trailing sheep south to the Zeona area where Raymond had leased some land. It was there that he met his future wife, Eileen Stalder, and they were married on Raymond's birthday in 1935 at Mclntosh, SD.They built a sod house, herded sheep and killed rattlesnakes until 1939 when Raymond and Eileen purchased the Thompson place and moved back to the Lodgepole area. In 1946 they purchased the Norton place which was his home until his death. While in the Zeona area he worked for the WPA and helped build the Sorum Dam with horses.

In addition to raising sheep, he also raised hogs for a time and later added a herd of Red Angus cattle. He was a patriotic country man and liked to talk about life on the homestead with his brothers. They endured many hardships and he was proud to be part of a pioneer family that helped to settle the west.

Raymond was an avid reader all his life and he was especially interested in ancient history and other civilizations. He was a lifelong learner, had a terrific memory and was a spacial thinker, having the ability to think in three dimensions.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Lyie, Glenn and Floyd (Gogen).

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Eileen of Lodgepole, one sister, Geneieve Randall of Hettinger; three daughters, Delores and her husband Duane Kroft of Hettinger, Dyann and her husband Leonard Hanson of Lodgepole and Betty and her husband Mike Chapman of Rawlins, WY; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.