Ronald “Ronnie” M. Barse, age 66, of Waubay, SD, passed away on Sunday, August 16, 2020, at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 21, 2020, at Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel. Robin Bowen, inter-denominational minister, will officiate. The service will be Live-Streamed on our website. The family is requested to meet by 9:15 to attend the service.
Visitation will be on Thursday at the funeral chapel from 4-7 p.m. and also prior to the service on Friday.
Burial will be at Lakewood Cemetery in Waubay, SD. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerika Petrich, Takaya Erickson, Taylee Erickson, and all of Ronnie’s nieces and nephews. Active pallbearers are: Brian Johnson, Christopher Erickson, Derrick Barse, Wyatt Johnson, Trey Petrich, Treyton and Tyrone Erickson.
Ronnie was born on January 31, 1954, to Maurice and Delores (Olson) Barse, in Sisseton, SD. After attending school in Waubay, Ronnie served in the U.S. Marine Corps from February 1972 thru June of 1976. Ronnie was united in marriage to Linda Hanson on April 16, 1977. The couple lived in Waubay where he opened B & B Auto. Later the couple moved to Watertown. Ron worked at various jobs and continued to do lots of mechanical work in the Waubay, Sisseton and Watertown area. After having some health issues, Ronnie retired and recently moved back to Waubay. He continued working on small engines and miscellaneous items.
He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Enemy Swim, SD. Ronnie enjoyed spending time with family. His grandchildren were his pride and joy. He loved watching their sporting events and mentoring them on vehicle repairs. He also enjoyed watching western movies, listening to old country music, watching dirt track races and tinkering with small engines and automotive things.
Ronnie is survived by his daughters, Amy (Brian) Johnson and Maurissa (Christopher) Erickson, both of Watertown, SD; his grandchildren: Derrick (Crystal) Barse, Wyatt Johnson, Jerika (Trey) Petrich, Treyton, Tyrone, Takaya and Taylee Erickson; the love of his life, Linda Barse; his brothers: Rodney Barse of Sioux Falls, SD, Keith (Dawn) Barse of Ethan, SD, Mike (Laurie) Barse of Sioux Falls, SD, Kevin (Julie) Barse of Waubay, SD, and Farlin (Wendy) Barse of Corsica, SD; his sisters: Dixie (Jack) Gaikowski of Tucson, AZ, Pam Keeble of Waubay, SD, Rita (Kenny) Marx of Waubay, SD, Donnietta (Michael) Bernard of Watertown, SD, and Kelly (Edward) Robertson of Watertown, SD; several nieces and nephews; special friend, Gwen Kampa; step-daughter, Celeste Kampa; step grandchildren: Kash and Remington Besaw and Christopher and Matthew Kampa.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Jeffrey; one brother-in-law, Gabriel Keeble; one niece, Julia Keeble; and step-son, Brandon Kampa.
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