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Ronald W. McCormick

Ronald W. McCormick

Ronald W. McCormick

- November 7, 2019

Ronald W. McCormick was born February 21, 1929 to Pearl Marie (Jenks) and William Earl McCormick in Mitchell, SD. The family moved and homesteaded in Jackson County just north of Kadoka that same year. Two other brothers soon joined, Robert in 1930 and Donald in 1938. He worked with his family on the farm and rode horseback to town for school. Ronald graduated from Kadoka High School in 1947. He attended the National School of Business in Rapid City receiving a degree in Business Administration. He began his career with the South Dakota Highway Commission.

Ron served in the US Army during the Korean conflict in the continental US and overseas in Germany in 1951 for 14 months, receiving an honorable discharge on December 31, 1952. Upon returning after his honorable service, he resumed his career with the South Dakota Highway Commission.

Ron married Darlene Elaine (Rittel) on November 4, 1954 in Rapid City SD. Two daughters were added to the family, Roxy Lea in 1956 and Julie Ann in 1958. The family settled in Kadoka, later owning and operating the Kadoka Variety Store on main street. Sadly, the family lost Julie in 1983 due to diabetic disease.

Ron continued with his employment with SD-DOT in Kadoka and later being transferred to Pierre in 1978 as Safety Engineer. One of the proudest accomplishments of his career was to participate in the planning, construction and completion of Interstate 90 between Vivian and Wall. He completed his career with retirement on January 10, 1992, after serving 43 years. He spent 12 summers as Tourism Supervisor for the Tilford Information Center and 5 years with Redbox Movie Machines.

They moved to Spearfish December 1, 1994, to be closer to family. They remained in their home until February 1, 2019, when they moved to Edgewood Vista assisted living in Spearfish.

Ron and Darlene enjoyed many fun vacations with friends and family. They rode planes, boats, cars and buses to Las Vegas, Hawaii, Alaska, Niagara Falls, Branson, and the east and west coasts. A favorite activity was participating in their grandchildren and great-grandchildren events - sports, dance, music, graduation, wedding or other fun events. Special memories are ‘snow days’ with the grandkids playing cards and watching TV.

Ron’s life was one of service to God, country, family, church, and community. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, Mt. Moriah Lodge, Spearfish Senior Center and the High Plains Heritage Museum. In retirement he served as tour guide at the museum, RSVP volunteer, helping at the Senior Center and Chamber of Commerce.

Ron is survived by his wife of 65 years, Darlene, and daughter Roxy (Doug) Schmit of Spearfish, brothers Bob (Ardis) of Kadoka, Don of Cathedral City, CA, grandchildren Jason (Angel) Schmit of Rapid Valley, Jordan (TJ) Seifert of Richmond, TX, DJ Schmit of San Francisco, Ann (Erik) Shipley of Phoenix. Great-grandchildren Trenton (Brisa), Chloe Pearl, Will, Jaxson, Easton, Jayda and Carter.

Even in his last days, Ron never forgot to thank his family and caregivers. The family would like to thank the VA nursing staff, VA home health and primary care team and especially his ‘angels in blue’ Edgewood nursing and care staff.

A Celebration of Life for Ron will be held Friday November 8, 2019, at 2:00 PM at the First Presbyterian Church in Whitewood, SD with Pastor Jil Jennewein officiating. A social time with refreshments will follow the service. Inurnment will be at a later date in the spring at the Black Hills National Cemetery at Sturgis with military honors.

Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapels and Isburg Crematory of Spearfish. Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com


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