Ronald W. Hatch
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Ronald W. Hatch, age 69, of Yankton, South Dakota, died peacefully after a long battle with cancer, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospice in Yankton.

Memorial services will be held at 2 pm, on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton. Burial with military honors will be in the Union Cemetery in Wakonda at a later date. The family will receive friends and family from 5 to 8 pm, on Friday, March 4 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton, with a prayer service at 7 pm.

Ronald Warren Hatch was born May 3, 1946, in Vermillion, South Dakota, to Warren and DeLores (Swanson) Hatch. He spent his early childhood in Wakonda, and then moved with his family to Willmar, MN, when he was in the 6th grade. The family then moved to St. Paul and finally to Bloomington, MN. Ron graduated from Bloomington High School in 1964 and went on to attend the University of Minnesota, graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After college, Ron joined the United States Navy and was stationed in Corpus Christi, TX. He became a naval aviator, receiving his Wings of Gold on March 5, 1970. Ron then served as a flight instructor until his honorable discharge. In 1974, he moved to Yankton and joined the family business at Hatch Furniture. Ron was instrumental in starting Furniture First, an association of independent furniture dealers, and served as president for many years. On any given day at Hatch's, you could find him visiting with customers, loading furniture, and building displays. Whatever needed to be done, Ron happily did so with tremendous energy, craft, and skill.

In 1995, Ron met the love of his life, Sheane, and on December 2, 1995, they were married. Together, they loved to travel, golf, fish, and boat. Summers were their favorite time, when they would head out to Dock H, grill and share communal meals, and laugh, laugh, and laugh some more with their beloved boating friends. Captain Ron was the quintessential boating neighbor, always willing to bait a line for a youngster, refill a drink, or fix an engine in need of repair. Every friend of Ron's has a story-whether he was Crazy Legs on the dance floor, leg wrestler at Hillcrest, or Spiderman on the dock. Ron, forever a kid, showed us all how to live in the moment, to laugh, and to love.

More than anything, Ron cherished time with family. He was a dear son to De and Warren and spent many evenings cooking together and sharing stories. He had a soft spot for his mom and with a sparkle in his eye, loved to tease her. Ron, too, relished his title of Papa, and his endurance for giving horsey rides, playing hide-and-seek, and attending dance recitals was impressive. Papa Ron was the one to ask when you needed to know what caused a tsunami or what the heck the Pythagorean Theorem was and how it related to real life. Papa knew most anything, and what answer he didn't know, he sought out. He spent free time reading, solving puzzles, and breezing through Mensa's version of Sudoku.

When Ron wasn't working at the store or spending time with family and friends, he was helping out in his community. Ron was active in many organizations, serving as president of the Chamber of Commerce, a board member of the United Way, and a member of Sertoma Club and Big Friend-Little Friend. He was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church and taught confirmation classes for a number of years. Just as Ron cared deeply for his family and friends, he cared deeply for his fellow citizen.

In his final months and days, Ron would say, "I've lived a good life." No statement could be truer, and because of him, all of our lives are better.

Ron is survived by his wife, Sheane Hatch of Yankton; four children: Jonathan Hatch (Melissa Cuka) of Yankton, Justin Becker of Sioux Falls, Carissa (Shaun) Finn of Chicago, and Paul Becker of New York; seven grandchildren: Ashley Hatch, Alexandra Hatch, Adilyn Becker, Hudson Finn, Sheane Finn, Abigail Cuka and Alex Cuka; and his beloved mother, DeLores Hatch of Yankton.

Ron is preceded in death by his father, Warren Hatch; son, Alex Hatch; and two sisters, Karen and Connie Hatch.


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Jon and family,

We so sorry for you loss. Some moments in life, there are no words. Just know we are here for you.

Jeff and Stacy

We are so sorry for your loss of your loved one.Sometime moments in life and be short.Just to let you know we are here for you. Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family members.

Mark and Carla Hansen

My deepest sympathy on your loss. I was blessed to have known Ron and will miss you my friend. Thank you Ron for everything you did for those of us in Furniture 1st. May God bless your family.

Mike Kordik

Shane and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Ron enjoyed a full life of many experiences and adventures. We loved hearing his stories that he was always willing to share! We wil miss him.

Karen & Buddy

Dear Ron Hatch Family - May our God of all comfort be with you by His Holy Spirit in this time of grief and sadness.

Dave & Bonnie
Jeremy & Elissa
Julia, Olivia, Emma

Please accept my deepest sympathy and sincere prayers for the family. I met a lot of people in this business and Ron was high on my list of those I enjoyed and respected.

Tom Lewis

I am sorry to here of Ron's passing. I worked for the family at Hatch Furniture in Yankton in late 70s and early 80s always had very high respect for them, what a great loss this is my sympathy.

Randy Forinash

Dear Sheane, the gang here in Watermark (Florida) have very heavy hearts and offer our prayers and thoughts to you and to family. Ron was a very special guy and we enjoyed his company, his kindness and his humor. His hat will live on! We all hope to see you again soon!

Jim & Leslie Poucher

Sheane - my deepest sympathies to you and your family. Furniture 1st functions won't be the same without Ron's insight and humor. May the Lord bless you and be with you during this difficult time.

Dean Gehrels

Sheane and Jon and family, My sincere sympathies to you. I always enjoyed working with Ron and his projects when he would come across the street to the downtown Ace. It was a great pleasure to know him and he will be greatly missed.

Vicki Galvan

Dear Family, our thoughts, prayers, and virtual hugs are with you mourn Ron's loss. Wishing we could be there to give you real hugs but trust that God's complete sufficiency be yours in your time of grief.

Todd, Aurora, Maria, and Mikel Dixon

Dear Sheane and family: We learned of Ron's passing while here in Florida. What a courageous battle he fought with his positive attitude and spirit. Know that you and your family are in our thoughts. May he rest in peace.

Lynette and Clayton Bruening

Sheane and family:

We are thinking about you and your family. Sending you hugs and prayers.

the Cornemann family

Sheane and family, We are so sorry to hear about Ron's passing. He was a gentle man and always had a story to tell. He will be greatly missed. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May all the wonderful memories you have sustain you during this time. God Bless xxoo.

Mike and Barb Dooley

I've known Ron for over forty years and am proud to have worker for him for much of that time. His obituary says it all; he was a fine man who taught me, and others, a great deal about being in business and about being a good person. He did live a good life and I'm proud to have known him.

Rick Garvey-Sioux City, Iowa

Dear Sheane and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Don & Jeanne Murphy (Fort Myers)

Dear Sheane and family,

We so enjoyed getting to know Ron - in our driveway, for sunsets; we also are so happy that we got to golf with him. He was a beautiful golfer; great form. Also, we loved his sense of humor and love of life. We will miss our friend.

Suzie and Larry Rumbaugh

Dear Sheane, Delores and family, You have our prayers and sympathy for your great loss. I will miss Ron, my best friend from childhood. Ann and I miss the times we shared with Ron and Sheane in Florida during Ron's treatments. Always, Ron loved to make us laugh..

Pete and Ann Hesla

Shaene: Mary and I are so saddened to hear of Ron's passing. What a wonderful new friend he had become for us on Dock H. Thinking of you and your family with heavy hearts.

Tom and Mary Hanson.

Shane and family:

We are in Calif. and will not be able to get back. Selfishly I lost a good friend. We all lost a great man. Be strong are thoughts and prayers are with you.

John and Jeanne Ehret

We are sorry for your loss and are thinking of you all as you celebrate Ron's life.

Justin Dietrich and Jennifer Larson

Sheane, Paul, and family, I am deeply sorry to hear about your loss of such a wonderful man. I always considered Sheane and Ron as my second family growing up, and I feel blessed to know Ron. It's clear that he was well loved by everyone who knew him. Thinking and praying for you all. God Bless.

Kim Knickrehm (Dickes)

Wishing your family peace and comfort.

Ryan and Teresa Gevens

I am so sorry to hear of Ron's passing. Ron was such a great person and I enjoyed the time I worked for him. He went above and beyond to help me out in life and will always hold a special place in my heart. Thinking of you all during this time.

Amantha Boese-Pieper

Ron Hatch family, We are thinking of you in our hearts and remembering you in our prayers.

Allen and Arlene Stoebner

I was fortunate enough to work for Ron at Hatch Furniture in Sioux City for several years. Ron was so special! I have a great memory of him flying a few of us across the state in his plane, and when I moved to California in 2001, he was kind enough to give me some wonderful advice - and a great reference. I was so sorry to hear of Ron's passing and send my sincere condolences to Sheane & the entire family.

Cindy Challed (previously Cindy Hunt)

To Ron's family and to my dear friend, De, you have my sympathies along with dismay over Ron's death so early. I'd be down to Yankton if I weren't for the fact that I seem to have a virus and can't risk driving by myself, not to mention I might be contagious. Please remember that "...the eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms..."Deut. 33:27. You'll be in my prayers as you have been.

Janet Lyso

Our very sincere sympathy to your family. Ron's forever smiling face and happy demeanor will be missed on "H-Dock" at the Marina.

Tim & Jeanie Shafer

We were all so incredibly lucky to have Ron in our lives. Just thinking about him and Sheane never fails to make me laugh and smile. We are both so grateful for Ron's wit, wisdom, loyalty and affection. He meant so much to us! He will be forever remembered -- forever loved. Hugs to Sheane and all his family and friends.

Cindy & Bill Hartman

I am so sorry to learn of Ron's passing. He was a fine man with a huge heart for others. Ron and I did a television campaign in Sioux City raising money and awareness for an important community organization. He helped make people's lives better! RIP Ron!

Scott Eymer (Spokane, Washington)

Deeply saddened to hear of Rons passing. He was such a kind hearted, amazing man.. I enjoyed working with, and getting to know Ron over the years, and have a great deal of respect for him. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers during this time of loss.

my deepest sympathies
Hanna Sitting Crow and Family

We were so sorry to hear of Ron's passing. We have such wonderful memories of living at the lake as neighbors and all of the boys escapades and Ron's wonderful involvement in the scouts.

The family of the late Mike Jensen: Nancy, Trish, Kristen, Michael John, & Patrick

Jon please accept my deepest sympathy. I wish you and your family peace and comfort during this time of mourning and adjustments.

Roger Willcut

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