Ray E. Kepplinger was born on a farm south of Scotland, S.D. on Dec. 28, 1932 to Frank and Myrtle (Ireland) Kepplinger. Later, the family moved to a farm west of Freeman, S.D., where he attended country grade school.
Verda Schrag was born Jan. 4, 1922 to Tom and Lillie (Graber) Preheim on a farm near Marion, S.D. She died peacefully surrounded by family on March 10, 2019 at Oakview Terrace Nursing Home in Freeman, S.D. She was 97 years old.