Raymond Dee Pursche

Feb. 27, 1931 - Dec. 27, 2017

Raymond Dee "R.D." Pursche, 86, of Riesel passed away on December 27, 2017. Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. at First Evangelical Church with Rev. Richard Rust officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.

R.D. was born February 27, 1931 to Odie Pursche and Lillie Hilbert Pursche in Falls County. He attended Zion Lutheran and St. Paul Schools. On January 7, 1951, he married Laverna Dieterich and they were married for almost 67 years. He worked for A&P, Piggly Wiggly and retired from H.E.B., was a private pilot and past president of the Henderson Lions Club. He also served on the church consistory.

After retirement he enjoyed traveling, playing "84" with friends, his farm and cattle, cutting hay for a dear friend, and also, delivered the Waco Tribune Herald to residents in the rural area around Riesel for three years. He loved the Lord, his church, his family and friends. He will be missed greatly. His happiest moments were spent showing his family the farm and cows when they visited.

R.D. was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife, Laverna; daughter, Susan Cummings and husband, Michael of Pittsburg; son, Daryl Pursche of Palestine; granddaughters, Traci Wallace and husband, Seth, Kelli York and husband, Kevin, Kendra Fowler and husband, Carson, and Angela Collier and husband, John; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-grandson-in-law, and two sisters-in-laws, Jeanette Bennett and Jane Dieterich.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Evangelical Church, 6347 IH-35, Waco, TX 76706.

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