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Ralph Allan Propst, age 62, of Goodwin, SD, passed away on Monday, June 24, 2019, at his residence. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, 2019, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Clear Lake, SD. Rev. Michael Enderle will officiate. Music will be provided by Elaine Almos as organist with congregational singing. The family is requested to meet at the church by 1:30 p.m. on Sunday for a family prayer service.
Visitation will be prior to the service at the church on Sunday.
Burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery in Clear Lake. Honorary pallbearers will be Al’s great-nieces and nephews. Active pallbearers will be Al’s nieces and nephews.
Ralph Allan Propst was born on February 7, 1957, at Clear Lake, SD, the son of Ralph E and Ethel (Stroschein) Propst of Goodwin. Allan, as called by family and friends, was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Goodwin, where he was a lifetime member. He attended grade school at Goodwin and graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1975. Allan then attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD, where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology with an emphasis in plant science.
Allan from a young age enjoyed hunting and fishing with his dad, cousins and uncles. He especially enjoyed pheasant hunting at the Rhody Farm at rural Castlewood. He looked forward to fishing trips to Minnesota, fishing with his Propst uncles and cousins at the Indian Mound Resort.
Being the only boy and middle child with four sisters, sometimes made life a little challenging, but Al managed to stand his ground, his sisters would say. Many nights Allan was the official family popcorn popper for the family. Allan was a very knowledgeable person as he was a very avid reader. He enjoyed watching baseball and football. Allan worked beside his dad doing mechanic work on the road construction equipment. He was his dad’s right hand man, even though he was left handed. Allan spent many a day scooping snow and mowing the lawn at St. Peters Church. After graduation from college, Allan operated a weed spraying business with encouragement from his uncle Earl Stroschein. When his dad, Ralph Sr. passed away in September of 1984, Allan then took over the Propst Construction business.
Allan was an avid gardener. His mom would state “he has made the garden bigger again!” He shared his produce with many and his sisters and their families enjoyed the fruits of his labor. Al enjoyed attending his nieces and nephews sporting, band and other school activities. He was one of their proudest cheerleaders.
Allan was a very loving and kind son and brother. As his mother, Ethel, aged, he so lovingly care for her that she could remain living in their home in Goodwin to the age of 93. Through the years Al enjoyed traveling for work. He took trips to Arizona to visit his sister Susanne with his mom and driving his mom to visit his sisters, aunts and uncles.
Allan enjoyed family gatherings and the special dishes his sisters would prepare. He was also known as the family photographer and loved to take videos. Allan was the official family lefse fryer and for that there were many grateful stomachs around the Thanksgiving and Christmas table. Over the years, Al enjoyed welcoming his brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews and greats to the family. For Allan, his love and faith in God, his parents and family were always the top of his list.
Allan is survived by his sisters, Joan (James) Theisen of Canby, MN and their children, Jonathan (Angela) Theisen, (Abbygail, Tahlia and Mason) and Maria (Aaron) Petersen (Elijah), Lisa (Donald) Tesch of Clark, SD and their children, Matthew J. (Pamela) Tesch (Lucas and Noah) and Rebecca A. Tesch, and Nancy McClanahan (David Severson) of Gary, SD and their children Cassandra Propst (Ajay Kumar), Clarissa (Derek) Klemm (Nolan, Amelia) and Tyler (Holly) McClanahan (Damascus); and his brother-in-law, Larry Kueter of Tempe, AZ.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Susanne, his stillborn brother, and his maternal and paternal grandparents.