Ron Dosch always made family first

Ron Dosch was born to Afra and Joseph Dosch on July 27, 1942, in Aberdeen. Ron was raised and graduated high school in Frederick. Soon after, he was hired at Northwestern Bell Telephone Company and began a 30-year career in telecommunications.

On March 20, 1965, he married his one true love, Candace Cheskey, and they made their home in Mobridge. He proudly served our country as a member of the U.S. Army. While stationed in Korea, his first daughter, Ronele, was born. Upon returning to Mobridge, Ron resumed his work with the telephone company and started his own framing business. In 1971, he welcomed the birth of twin daughters, Daniele and Rachele.

Ron and Candy owned and operated the MoRest Motel in Mobridge for many years. In 1985, Ron took a job with AT&T and moved his family to Rapid City. He retired with Lucent Technologies in 1996.

Ron was a devoted husband and a supportive father. Family was always his highest priority and his life was a testament to that. Ron was an excellent provider and protector. He nurtured a loving marriage of 40 years and raised a family of strong women (to whom he credits much of his gray hair). His grandchildren brought him a special joy. Ron spent much of his time supporting his daughters and grandchildren in their varied activities. He never missed a game, a match, a concert, or other event. He was their number one fan and was willing to paint his bare chest in school colors or pass his hat around the crowd collecting money to buy the referees new glasses.

Ron was a lifelong Vikings fan and avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting and had a keen talent for bow hunting. The Missouri River was his year-round playground as he enjoyed boating, skiing, ice-skating and fishing from the shore or his icehouse. Ron had a cornfield in the middle of town and always tended his prolific backyard gardens with tender loving care. Tinkering was his favorite pastime but he had many talents. He loved carpentry and even taught his wife to Macrame and knit! He enjoyed playing cards with friends and treating himself to a cold Pepsi. Best known for an engaging personality, Ron had a quick wit, a ready laugh, and a phenomenal sense of humor. He was an amusing storyteller and a real joker who brought joy to many people and left a legacy of funny memories.

On Jan. 7, 2012, Ron reunited with his soulmate, Candace Dosch; his mother, Afra Severance; and his father, Joseph Dosch in Heaven.

Ron is survived by his three beloved daughters Ronele Larson, Daniele Dosch and Shelly Wolfe, also of Rapid City; their spouses and his cherished grandchildren, Tyler and Bethany Larson, Emmanuel, Hope, and Dirk Dosch, Brandon and Madyson Wolfe, Myken Gerdeman, and Wicahpi Goodwind.

Memorial services were held Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 at Our Lady of the Black Hills Catholic Church in Piedmont, with Father Steve Biegler officiating. Inurnment followed at Pine Lawn Memorial Park with VFW Post 1273 providing military honors.

Memorial funds will be donated to The Pat Summitt Foundation for research leading to the cure of early onset Alzheimer’s. The Dosch family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the Bella Vista Nursing Home staff for their loving care of Ron over the years.

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