REDFIELD — Ronald W. Betten, 78, of Redfield, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at Community Memorial Hospital in Redfield. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m., at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Redfield. Father Christopher Hughes will officiate. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery in Redfield, with military rites. Visitation will be Friday from 1 to 8 p.m., with a prayer service at 6 p.m., at Thelen Funeral Home in Redfield.
Ronald Betten was born on July 24, 1934, in Redfield, to Harry and Helen (Lempke) Betten. He grew up playing sandlot baseball, basketball, football and track, and attended school in Redfield. He graduated from Redfield High School in 1952. He joined the Air Force, and served overseas as a jet mechanic during the Korean War.
He married Wilma Hauger on Sept. 10, 1956. They returned to Redfield, where Ron worked with his brothers in the family business, known as Harry’s Station, until 1991. They were one of the largest packers of eggs in the United States.
Ron enjoyed spending time in Arizona, fishing at the Missouri River, and hunting. He started golfing late in life, but was a natural, and even scored a hole-in-one.
He is survived by his wife, Wilma, of Redfield; his children: Bill (Sue) Betten of Woodbury, Minn.; Steve (Jan) Betten of Spearfish; Diane (Dave) Willis of Redfield; and Mike (Dawn Roth) Betten of Redfield; five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
He is preceded by his parents; his brothers, Bob and Harry Bill; and his sister Sheryl Doran.For the complete article see the 02-15-2013 issue.
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