HURON — Ralph H. Gosch, 75, of Huron, passed away on Saturday, August 3, 2019, at his home.
His funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Welter Funeral Home with burial at Riverside Cemetery in Huron. Visitation with his family present will be from noon until the time of service.
Ralph H. Gosch was born to Herbert Gosch and Fern Humphrey Gosch Baynes on February 8, 1944, in Corpus Christie, Texas. He was raised in Huron by his maternal grandparents H.H. Humphrey Sr. and Christine Humphrey and Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey (legal guardian).
He spent his early childhood at the family drug store in Huron, and many summers at the lake in Waverly, Minn., with his Uncle Hubert and Aunt Muriel and cousins. He attended grade school at Lincoln Elementary. He then attended Huron High School and graduated in 1962.
After graduation he attended American University in Washington D.C. He then returned back to South Dakota and finished his college degree majoring in pharmacy at South Dakota State University. Ralph was active in the ROTC Band playing the trombone while attending College.
During his time in college he started dating Bonnie McIlvaine of Huron. Bonnie and Ralph were united in marriage on June 12, 1965, in Huron. They made their home in Huron and Ralph started working at the family drug store. In 1967 Ralph and Bonnie welcomed their only child Christine H. Gosch.
Ralph had a passion for gardening which lead to him opening Gosch’s Greenhouse where he raised plants and suppled various retail outlets in Minnesota, Iowa and South Dakota. He also started a retail stand at the South Dakota State Fair expanding into crafts and later concessions. He opened a donut shop in downtown Huron. Ralph, Bonnie and Christie spent every summer working the Concession business throughout the Midwest. After closing the pharmacy portion of the drug store, Ralph worked as a contract Pharmacist working throughout South Dakota in private pharmacies as well as Indian Health Services. He spent his later years working at the Ship Rock Indian Heath Hospital in New Mexico.
Ralph retired in July of 2018. He had a passion for hunting, fishing and raising hunting dogs. He also enjoyed working and training young people.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years Bonnie of Huron; his daughter Christie H. Gosch, MD, and her husband Jesse Echevarria; three grandchildren Nick, Kennedy and Madison all of Nixa, Miss., area; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his maternal and paternal grandparents; his sister Diane Indseth; and many aunts and uncles.