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Ray Sabinash

Raymond August Sabinash, age 90, of Kensal, ND, died Sunday, April 2, 2017, at his home.

Raymond Sabinash was born April 20, 1926, in Bordulac, ND, the son of August and Martha (Romelfanger) Sabinash. He attended a country school in rural Bordulac until the 7th grade when he started working on the farm. Ray continued to work on the farm until the time of WWII.

Ray was united in marriage on June 1, 1949, to Joyce Walker at St. John’s Catholic Church, in Kensal. They made their home in Woodworth for many years before returning to Kensal.  During their early marriage years, they took care of Ray’s siblings, and also raised their six children and took care of Joyce’s grandmother and mother.  Ray was a steward of the land that provided a living for his family, and was a caretaker of the cattle that they raised.

He cherished going to Jamestown for dances with their friends, having the opportunity to visit with people from the area. You could often find Ray listening to polka and country music while relaxing in his recliner at home. Ray loved his family and spending time rocking the children while humming to them. He was very social and always had a story to tell. He spent his extra time going to auction sales, and cattle auctions. Ray will be remembered for his big candy dish that always had something in it for all who came over to visit the family.

Ray will be remembered by his 6 children, Jennifer Kylmanen, Jamestown, ND, Monty Sabinash, Kensal, Renee Spitzer, Jamestown, Tammy Ramer, Kensal, Mark Sabinash,  Jamestown, and Mike (Tanya) Sabinash, Kensal; 19 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren; 3 sisters Margaret Nash, Jeanne Chupich,  and  Lori Chiodo, all of Harvard IL.

He was preceded in death by his wife Joyce, his parents; a great-granddaughter, 3 brothers Ralph, Richard, and Dennis; and 5 sisters Frances, Catherine, Dorothy, Ann and Mary.



Friday (April 7th) at 7PM in St. John's Catholic Church


St. John's Catholic Church, Kensal, ND


Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 10:30AM


St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Kensal

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Name: Joyce

Date: 4/12/2017

Message: My deepest sympathy to the Sabinash Family. Uncle Ray and Aunt Joyce will be remembered and missed forever.  No matter the challenges, you could always count on Ray making things better just with his hugs.  Much love to the family.



Name: Jim Koenig

Date: 4/7/17

Message: Sorry for the loss of Ray.  I always remember him as a very happy neighbor and always had a joke to share and a big heart.  Our prayers with your family during this condolence time & God Bless.



Name: Rod Herr

Date: 4/7/17

Message: My condolences to the Sabinash family. Ray is a great guy & I definitely will miss him. God bless & God speed.



Name: JoAnn & Harold Hennings

Date: April 7, 2017

Message: Sorry to hear about the passing of Ray. He was my Godfather, and provided me with his generous nature.  As a young girl he gave me a horse, and I am lost for words how grateful I was for his generosity. He will be missed, but he will always be in my heart.   



Name: Robert and Jayne Wain

Date: April 7

Message: So sorry to hear about Ray. He always had to come around and tell one of those stories to Bob. He was a good neighbor. Again, prayers go out to you.



Name: Frank & Cindy Marsico

Date: April 7th 2017

Message: Our condolences to the Sabinash Family. Very sorry we cannot be there this weekend to celebrate his life with you all. Memories of Uncle Ray will live on and he will truly be missed. Love to you all.



Name: Mary Messmer Remmick

Date: 4/6/17

Message: So sorry for your loss, all the time Tom Nihill and I came home, he was always glad to see us with a smile and hug, Loved all of his stories



Name: Kevin Schulz

Date: 4/6/17

Message: Lots of good memories of growing with Ray as a neighbor. God Bless.  



Name: Sheila Harr

Date: 04-05-2017

Message: Sorry to hear of Ray's passing.  He was an amazing man! 

Sheila Harr



Name: Shirley Wilson

Date: 04/05/2017

Message: Sorry to hear about Ray, we always looked forward to being able to see and visit with him and Joyce whenever we were up in Kensal for harvest. We were unable to make it for harvest in 2010, but were up there visiting that fall and Ray was still "lending a helping hand" trying to help us, as James wasn't capable of doing much due to his health problems.

Ray was like his name - a Ray of Sunshine, with a heart as big as the whole outdoors.


Name: Patsy Connell

Date: April 4 2017

Message: Since I was a little girl Ray was a dear friend of my dad's.  He hugged me everytime I saw him.  I never came to Kensal without visiting him. He will be sadly missed.  I will think of him dancing in the clouds with the love of his life Joyce.  May you hold your memories close to your heart at this difficult time.



Name: Elliot and Mary Paczkowski

Date: April 4, 2017

Message: We are so very sorry for your loss.  Ray was a one of a kind.  He was always concerned about me when I went through my treatments all of last year.  He will be missed by many.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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