Ron was born March 24, 1940 at Heron Lake, Minn., the son of Wesley and Florence (Renken) Utech. He was raised in Le Mars, and moved to Trent, S.D., in 1956. Ron graduated from Trent High School in 1958.
On Dec. 9, 1960, he married Lorraine Carlson in Trent. They lived in the Trent area where he farmed and raised his family.
Ron worked for Cargill in Trent where he retired in 1998 after 20 years of service. He then worked for Colton Elevator where he retired as manager in 2005.
In 1996 they moved to Dell Rapids where they have since resided.
Ron was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church, rural Flandreau, S.D., where he served on the church council for many years and president twice, and was a member of the Trent Volunteer Fire Department where he served as fire chief for many years.
Ron was an integral part of revitalizing softball in Trent.
He liked the Twins and Vikings, following his grandchildren in sports, golfing and bowling.
Ron is survived by his wife, Lorraine, Dell Rapids; three children, Steven (Darcy) Utech, Dell Rapids, Greg (Amy) Utech, Hubbard, Neb., and June (Jeff) Eng, Brookings, S.D.; 10 grandchildren, Abby, Lexy, Scott, Zach, Jordan, Josie, Shelby, Katie Jo, Matthew, Hannah; three brothers, Marlin (Anna) Utech, Dell Rapids, Wendell (Kathy) Utech, Grinnell, and Terry (Sue) Utech, Windom, Minn.
Ron was preceded in death by his son, Dean, and his parents.
Funeral services were 11 a.m. today (Friday) at Messiah Lutheran Church, rural Flandreau, with burial at Oslo Cemetery. Visitation was after 5 p.m. Thursday with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Skroch Funeral Chapel in Flandreau.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.skrochfc.com.