Raymond Edward Novak Jr.
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Raymond Edward Novak Jr. (also known as Raybo Sandhand) was born in Yankton, South Dakota on March 16, 1968 and lived 46 years as a wanderer, poet and musician. He was at home wherever a friend opened a door. He lived a life of love and was happiest when playing guitar. He died on December 7, 2014 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

He is survived by his father, Ray Novak Sr. and special friend, Kate Frost; mother and step-dad, Carolyn and Jim Burke; sister and brother-in-law, Colleen and Chuck Halverson; niece, Haley Halverson; nephews, Jonas and Elijah Halverson; God-children: Lotus, Star, and Chiron Kemna; Aunt Phyllis Horlyk; Uncle Emil and Aunt Charlotte Novak; and too many fantastic cousins and faithful friends to ever name. (You know who you are!) They are scattered across the country, but always in his heart. He remains in ours forever.

His family asks if you desire to act in his memory, please do so by "paying it forward" to anyone in need.

An informal, come as you are, memorial service will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 PM on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at Wintz and Ray Funeral Home in Yankton, South Dakota.

Messages will be reviewed and posted within 1 business day.

Ray, I will never forget the love and light you brought to my life... I will miss you forever...


Raybo you will be truly missed and remembered for your loving and kind spirit that you shared with everyone you encountered on your journey of life.

Cindy Berens

Our thoughts and prayers are with you ...

Jeff and Lori Novak

And a youth said, "Speak to us of Friendship."

Your friend is your needs answered.

He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.

And he is your board and your fireside.

For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace.

When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the "nay" in your own mind, nor do you withhold the "ay."

And when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart;

For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed.

When you part from your friend, you grieve not;

For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.

And let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.

For love that seeks aught but the disclosure of its own mystery is not love but a net cast forth: and only the unprofitable is caught.

And let your best be for your friend.

If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know its flood also.

For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill?

Seek him always with hours to live.

For it is his to fill your need, but not your emptiness.

And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.

For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

Mary Claus

Carol & Jim

thinking of you and wish I could come Thursday but it is not possible. Please know you are in our thoughts. Your slightly younger niece, Linda

Linda May


May your journeys continue, wherever you want to go. You'll be missed.

The Cartwright Brothers

Many times we met this wanderer and many times he touched our souls. Certain people come into your life and make an impact on who we are, Ray was one of those people. May he rest in peace and play the music from his heart. I can guarantee that we will "pay it forward", God Bless you Ray.

Rod & Kim Kuper

Sarah and I send our love and sympathy to the family of Ray. We are heartbroken for the loss of our dear friend.

Pat Ronan and Sarah Flynn


I am going to miss you, but I won't be alone in that. Our paths were very similar...ordained by the same church, familiar touchstones in our travels, and I was your successor as captain of the Kerrtesy Kart crew on the ranch. I will try to draw from these commonalities to be more Raybo-like in how I affect others. You were a calming a joyous presence to so many. You seemed to always know who needed your vibe, and show up at the perfect moment with the perfect words, or sometimes a wordless embrace. You were a source of joy, laughter and irreverent humor in such a reverent way. Your work here is done, and was done perfectly. The work of the far-flung community you were part of has just begun, because we will all have to step up our game to keep the world sane and beautiful without you. I love you. Rest as you see fit.

Rose Lewis

There are so many memories of us kids getting together when the parents got together for card playing, the many huge 4th of July fireworks party's and up to the recent Novak's Chili feed. Your bright smiling face will be forever in my heart. I love you and God Bless.

Uncle Raymond, & Family, My heart goes out to all of you! There are no words I can say to take away your sorrow. I am so very sorry to hear of little Rammie's passing. There are no words that I can say to take away the hurt you feel right now, I can only hope that you find some comfort and peace in all your memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Jeanette & April Overbaugh

Ray and family,

So sorry to hear about Ray Jr. You have our sympathy!

Loran & Kathy Tramp


You have our sympathy in the loss of your son.

Kathy Tramp

Miss you Ray.

I"ll always remember acting with you at the Sioux Falls Playhouse, playing guitar with you at the Front Porch at the Fair, going to the 20th anniversary of Woodstock concert in Minneapolis with you, and all the guitar jams we had together. Go in peace, you are on the side of angels now.

jimi yaroch

Colleen and family,

our prayers are with you at this difficult time. May the Lord comfort you.

Mike and Meri Jo Soe and family

Raybos' Family,

His loss has left a empty spot on this earth and in my heart that can never be refilled. He was such a bright light in this sometimes dark place. His spirit of love and peace will live on in each of us his friends.

Sending you love, light and my prayers in your time of sorrow.

Faith Jenson


So sorry to hear about your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Shirley Novak

I am so sorry for your loss. Ray meant so much to so many people including those of us who knew him just briefly. May the God of All Comfort follow you close at this time and always.

Gail Standish Ward

Rest in peace friend


Colleen, Ray & Carolyn - My DEEPEST sympathy to you!

I am so sorry for your loss. My heart aches for all of you. As I shared with Colleen, I met up with Ray in the grocery store in Sioux Falls this summer. What a fantastic tribute you have put together with his music and pictures! It is so evident that he lived a life that was rewarding for him, and he was VERY gifted with an artistic ability in ALL that he did. The sand art is AMAZING! He has evidently made it to celebrity status and has met many friends along his journeys. May his memories comfort you until you meet again. Love & Friends FOREVER, Ronda (Decker) Haak & Family - Dells

Ronda (Decker) Haak

So sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy to your family.

Jim & Mary DeLozier

Raybo...You were a light that left us too soon. It was so much fun working with you at KFF. Raybo's family.....he was a lovely soul. Thinking of you.

Pam "Bambi" Stakes

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