Ronald Aaron Babb, 91, of Wakonda, died March 19, 2011 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, March 25, at the Hansen Funeral Home in Irene. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery rural Wakonda with military graveside rites by Gingrich Dixon American Legion Post #13.
Visitation was from 5 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at the Hansen Funeral Home in Irene.
Ronald Babb, son of Thomas and Nell (Aman) Babb, was born on Dec. 13, 1919, in Wakonda. He graduated from Wakonda High School in 1939, and when WWII began, he joined the 147th Artillery unit as a medic, where he served until the war ended. Upon returning home, he married Darlene E. Campbell on July 25, 1946. Before Darlenes death on June 14, 2010, they had been married almost 64 years.
Ronald spent the next 20 years working for the Wakonda Creamery as a butter maker while also working part time as a bartender at The Pit. In 1966 he took a full time bartending position at the Charcoal Lounge in Vermillion where he worked until he purchased the Wakonda Hotel and Pit. He ran this business until he retired. After he retired, Ronnie spent several years driving a Wakonda School Bus. He especially enjoyed taking the players to their ballgames. Ronnie was always an active supporter of the Wakonda School and one of its biggest sports fan. He received several honors for his years of service with one of his prize honors the Hall of Fame Award given to him by the SDHSAA.
Ronnie was an active member in the community in his younger years, being a member of the Fire Department, Community Club, Wakonda Legion, and Wakonda Booster Club. He had fond memories of the 1939 State Tourney basketball team that he played on and of course he reminded his sons on several occasions of his success. He loved to golf and enjoyed many hours at the Glenridge Golf Course where he also enjoyed an occasional pinochle game. He had a special group of friends who he traveled with on the Monday Beer Leagues, and he really missed not being able to play golf with them anymore.
Those left behind to cherish his memory are his three children, son, Jim (Lee) Babb of Beresford; a daughter, Jane (Charlie) Johnson of Meckling; a son Jack (Beth) Babb of Sioux Falls; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. His wife Darlene; two brothers, Willard and Clifford; one sister, Carol; and his parents preceded him in death.
The family would like those in attendance to feel free to wear Kelley Green outfits to honor Dads love of the Wakonda Warriors or the Blue Eagle outfits will work, too.
Thank you to all of you who made an extra effort to look after the folks these last several years. You know who you are and so do we. We really appreciate the love and caring you showed to Mom and Dad as they became more dependent on others to help them out. The Wakonda Community is truly one big family who looks out for their own. The Folks were truly blessed to have lived their lives in this great community. God Bless you all.
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