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Ronald Ray HambergerCELEBRANT
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Ronald Ray Hamberger was born on November 3, 1948 to Raymond and Arlene (Hajek) Hamberger in Scotland, South Dakota. He was baptized into the Catholic faith on November 28, 1948 at St. George Catholic Church in Scotland. He graduated from Scotland High School in 1967. From 1963 to 1991, Ron owned and operated the Coast to Coast store in Scotland with his parents. After selling the store, he began his career as a truck driver. In his younger years, Ron competed in sprint car racing in Wagner and though he retired from racing his love of the sport never ceased. When not working, he enjoyed fishing and frequented Lake Henry often. He was a caring father and grandfather who loved spending time with his grandchildren. Ron was a laid-back man who could appreciate a good nap, but was also quick to give a helping hand. At the age of 67 years, Ron passed away in his residence in his beloved hometown of Scotland.
He is survived and remembered by his children: Becky (Damian) Greble of Sioux Falls, Steven (Amy) Hamberger of Watertown, MN, Cari Hamberger of Sioux Falls, and Jenny (Jared) Zweifel of Scotland; grandchildren: Noah, Ella, Zachariah, and Addison Greble, Jonah and Eli Hamberger, Brayden Hamberger, and Henry Zweifel; mother Arlene (Don) Nelles of Scotland; and sisters Connie (Gary) Nelson of Sioux Falls and Barb (Larry) Hubbling of Sioux Falls.
He was preceded in death by his father, paternal grandparents William and Pauline Hamberger, and maternal grandparents Frank and Vlasta Hajek.
Ronnie and I raced cars at the dirt track (Dawson Creek Speedway and other dirt tracks in the area) back in the good 'ole days! Ronnie was a great competitor. He was a little older than me but his "old age" sure didn't reflect his speed on the race track was he was a mere 21 years young and me just 19. My deepest condolences to Ronnie's family. May the love of Christ surround you at this time and give you peace knowing that you will again see Ronnie in Heaven. I will look forward to meeting him at the race track there! [1 Corinthians 15:56-57]
Mr. & Mrs. Joe Kiehlbauch Apr 10 2016 4:54 PM
We are sending our love and prayers to your family during this difficult time. We hope you are able to find peace in your fond memories. Love, Jeanne and family
Jeanne Denouden-Kirchofer Mar 31 2016 9:13 AM
My sympathy and prayers go to Rons Family! I just got home from swing bed in Hospital and didn't know about Rons passing, my husband and I use to visit Ron and his sisters when they were small on the farm. We were farmers also and knew them well. God Bless them all and ease there suffering. But God has other plans for Ron. Rita Hajek
Rita Hajek Mar 30 2016 10:43 PM
My deepest sympathy to all of Ron's family. He was a good man and a great neighbor and friend. We will all miss him. He really loved all his children and grandchildren and spoke of them often. God Bless all of you. Cherish your precious memories and know that he is watching all of you from above!
Shirley Herrboldt Mar 30 2016 8:20 PM
Connie and all of your families. I am so sorry to hear of Ron's passing. Another of our school mates gone far too soon. May he rest in peace.
Sharon Weisz Mar 29 2016 8:51 PM
You have are deepest sympathy for the untimely passing of Ron. We sat and visited with Ron and we both talked about our families. Ron and I (Vern) had a lot of memories of days past. Ron had his horse out at our farm for a while and he would come out and we would go riding. We both rode our horses into a stock damn to find out that Ron's horse had a problem swimming. We both had to grab his horse by the bridle to help get him to shore. What a crazy time that was. Every time we got together we would talk about the good old days. I sure will miss him and: God, give him a good place with an open pasture.
Vern & Arla Dangel Mar 29 2016 8:05 PM
My greatest sympathies to Rons family. I have lots of great memories of growing up in Scotland, but time with Ron and Steve are some of my fondest. Riding in the semi to Sioux City and fishing with Ron and Steve just to name a few. I remember going into Coast To Coast and he would always make you laugh. I have not seen Ron and Steve since my family moved away from Scotland, but I think of them often.
Frank Buck Mar 29 2016 2:37 PM
Jenny and family: I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. There is a long road of healing ahead and I pray that the love & compassion of those who care for you helps you down that path. Psalm 40:2 He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.
Tammy Barg Mar 29 2016 9:51 AM
Our sympathy to the whole family. It has been a few years but we will always remember the good times we had with Ronnie and family.
Deb & Jerry Gran Mar 29 2016 8:31 AM
We wish Ron and his family our sympathy. We enjoyed knowing Ron over the years. I remember competing against Ron in High School football and celebrating with him at Groveland Park. We always enjoyed conversing with the old Highlander. Roger and Sheila Hisek
Roger and Sheila Hisek Mar 29 2016 7:07 AM