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Norbert Ham

Norbert Ham
Norbert Ham
- March 1, 2018

Norbert Ham, 89, died on February 26, 2018, at his home with his family by his side in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Norbert was happy to be at home and died peacefully.  He lived 72 years at Shadehill, SD, he then moved to Piedmont in 1998, and recently moved to Sioux Falls.

Norbert was born to Ronald & Delphia (Kiezer) Ham on a very cold Good Friday on April 19, 1928, with the help of the neighbor, who was a midwife.

Norbert was the fourth child born into a family of seven siblings, four brothers and two sisters.

He attended school through 8th grade at Miller School, in the DeWitt Township. Walking two miles to and from school with his siblings and cousins, rain or shine. Norbert always said it was up hill both ways. He always made it to school, even if late, after all the chores where completed at home.  He graduated from Lemmon High School in 1946.

Norbert married his high school sweetheart, Mrytle Hauge, on June 20, 1948. They had three beautiful children.  Alan, Barb, and Janice.

Norbert was actively involved in the Calvary Lutheran Church, Lemmon, SD, and served on several boards in the community.

Born during the Depression, Norbert’s work ethic was learned at a young age.  It stayed with him during his ranching days. Norbert and his three brothers, Don, Robert and Maurice took over the family ranch and then eventually formed Ham Brothers.  Norbert ran a large farm/ranch for many years in Perkins County. He had the help of his son and grandchildren for many years. He taught his children and grandchildren how to be hard workers. Many days were difficult being a rancher, but he always said the good times outweighed the bad.  He loved his years on the ranch, which is currently a four-generation ranch. His wife and children were his life. His family was his first concern. He loved to come home at night to his beautiful wife Myrtle and kids and talk about his day over a wonderful meal. 

Norbert was proceeded in death by his parents Ronald and Delphia Ham and four siblings Delores Evans, Donald Ham, Joyce Willet, and Melvin Ham.  He is survived by wife Myrtle, his three children Alan Ham Piedmont, SD, Barb (Ronnie) Auwerter, Rapid City, SD, Janice (Rodney) Haag, Sioux Falls, SD. His grandchildren Jennifer Ham-Kelley (Chris Kaniz), Brandi (Steven) Brassfield, Brady (Kristen) Ham, Brandon (Cori) Haag, Riley (Rachel) Haag, Ali (Brent) Baloun, Beau (Kristina) Peterson, and Dustin (Elizabeth) Auwerter and 14 great grand-children. He is also survived by his two brothers Robert Ham, Huron, SD, and Maurice (Marilyn) Ham, Spearfish, SD.

A prayer service is set up on March 26th at 6:00 PM at Piedmont Valley Lutheran Church. The Memorial Service will be on March 27th at 10:00 AM at Piedmont Valley Lutheran Church.

Memorials may be directed to the Piedmont Valley Lutheran Church Youth Group, 16155 Spring Valley Court, Piedmont, SD 57769, or the charity of your choice.

Friends and family may sign his online guestbook and leave written condolences for the family at blackhillsfuneralhome.com.

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