Ron's family will gather privately to celebrate his life on Saturday, January 9, 2021. His video tribute will be posted to the Hyke Funeral Home website at 10:00 am and his Mass of Christian Burial will be live-streamed starting at 10:30 am.
Ron Troske was a great man. That’s not to say he was without fault, but the legacy he leaves through his love for his family and his community as well as his ceaseless generosity overshadow even the most human shortcomings.
The framework of his life — he was the eighth child born Feb. 19, 1934, to hardscrabble farmer and banker Frank Troske and his hilarious Irish wife Lucy — provide a glimpse into who he was. His childhood was spent working on the family farm during one of the hardest economic times in the country’s history, yet the lessons Ron learned about hard work and perseverance would serve him well throughout his life. Like so many young men of that time, Ron entered the Navy after graduating from high school and returned home early from Korea due to a medical issue.
His return allowed him to marry the great love of his life — Patricia Dunn — in September 1954 and together they made their home in Turton where Ron worked for his father in the Farmers State Bank (after being trained in by his wife, Pat, who’d already been working for Frank). They welcomed the first of five children, son Michael, in 1957, with two more sons, Monte and Mark, and two daughters, Jeannine and Julie, to follow.
Within that framework are the details of a life spent loving the people around him, even strangers, enjoying opportunities afforded by building a successful business, and giving back generously to the community and those less fortunate than him. Indeed, there was no cause too small for Ron to care about. As a young father, Ron loved sports like basketball and baseball and being outside, especially at the lake in the summer, first at Enemy Swim with extended family and then Kampeska in Watertown. He inherited his mother’s sense of humor, evident in his joking nature and an infectious giggle that could bring a smile to even the most serious of faces.
One of Ron’s greatest legacies is the Farmers State Bank, which he bought in 1971 and built through the remaining decades before retiring in 1996 to enjoy his golden years. But his business legacy extends far beyond the numbers and loans and dollars and cents of the bank; to quote Charles Dickens, Ron’s business was mankind; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence were his business. Ron looked for the best in people — both in the customers he served and especially in the people he hired to work for him. Countless times he approached people who declared they knew nothing about banking, and Ron would tell them that didn’t matter — banking could be taught, but common decency and respect for others could not, and Ron had only the most wonderful people work for him.
As his health declined in the past several years, Ron retained his trademark stubbornness and love for his bride. Even when he didn’t always recognize those who came to visit him in his last months, Ron still showed how much he loved them with a sweet smile or gentle squeeze of their hand. His death from COVID on Dec. 9, 2020, is the final chapter of a life well lived, but he will always be remembered more for the great man he was than the sadness of his struggle to leave this earth peacefully.
Ron was reunited in heaven with his beloved son, Michael, parents Frank and Lucy, brother Irvin Troske, and sisters Eleanor Lien, Murle Breen, Irene Zipf, and Annabelle Vogel, all of whom no doubt waited at St. Peter’s gate with an enveloping hug and enormous kiss on his cheeks.
Grateful forever to have shared his life are his bride of 66 years, Pat, his children, Monte (JoAnn) Troske, Jeannine Troske, Julie (Pat) Schneider, and Mark (Kim) Troske; his grandchildren, Kayla (Justin) Ohleen, Danielle (Kevin) Teigen, Elizabeth (Brian) Massmann, Derek Schmidt, Mike (Ashley) Schmidt, Caycee, Jadyn, and Gavin Schneider, and Katie and Megan Troske, as well as six great grandchildren who will know how great of a man Ron was through the stories his family will tell for years to come. Other family members who will continue to share stories about Ron include his brothers, Bob (Nina) Troske, LeRoy (Bev) Troske, Gary (Joanne) Troske, and Frank (Bobby) Troske, as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family who knew and loved him.
The family will gather privately to celebrate Ron’s life with the hope that once the pandemic is over, a more public memorial service will offer others the opportunity to pay their respects to a great man and the life he lived.
Ron will be buried at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Turton, and his life will be marked by his birth date and death date, with a small dash between those events, but to quote Linda Ellis’s famous poem, “those who loved (him) know what that little line is worth, for it matters not how much we own, the cars, the house, the cash. What matters is how we live and love and how we spend our dash.”
Ron Troske was a great man who spent his dash in the best way possible: loving.
In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to St. Joseph's Cemetery Fund or Team Turton (details are listed below the obituary).
Arrangements have been entrusted to Hyke Funeral Home of Redfield, (www.hykefuneralhome.com)
Thanks to the participants in Ron's service:
Celebrant - Reverend Joe Vogel
Readers - Monte Troske, Mark Troske, Jeannine Troske
Personal Reading - Julie Schneider
Gift Bearers - Ron's Grandchildren - Jadyn Schneider, Gavin Schneider, Megan Troske
Organist - Audrey Remily
Soloist - Rory Troske
Pallbearers - Ron's Grandchildren - Kayla Ohleen, Danielle Teigen, Elizabeth Massmann,
Derek Schmidt, Mike Schmidt, Caycee Schneider, Katie Troske
Honorary Pallbearers - Ron's Brothers - Bob Troske, LeRoy Troske, Gary Troske, Frank Troske
Miles Davis Fortin VFW Post #6481 - Turton, SD
Conde American Legion Post #148 - Conde, SD
U.S. Navy Honor Guard - Sioux Falls, SD
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St. Joseph's Cemetery Fund
PO Box 127, Turton SD 57477
Team Turton (for local families experiencing life-changing hardships)
PO Box 92, Turton SD 57477