Ronald Aulner, 70, of Alexandria SD, died Monday, April 15, 2019 at Alexandria.
Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Monday, April 22, 2019 at St. Martins Catholic Church in Emery. Burial will be at St. Mary of Mercy Catholic Cemetery in Alexandria. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Sunday at St. Martin Catholic Church in Emery with a prayer service at 6:30 PM. Arrangements are under the direction of the Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell.
Ronald Joseph Aulner passed away on April 15, 2019, on the family farm east of Alexandria. He was born April 17, 1948, to Albert and Frieda (Schulz) Aulner.
Known as “Ronnie” to his family and friends, Aulner married Kathleen “Kate” Aylward on Nov. 10, 1967, at St. Mary of Mercy Catholic Church in Alexandria. He was a lifelong resident of rural Alexandria, graduating from Alexandria High School in 1966. During their 51 years of marriage, Ron and Kate had three children: Carol, Richard and Gregg.
A responsible citizen and dedicated community volunteer, Aulner, who farmed all his life, also served with the South Dakota National Guard and was a member of the American Legion, was a life member of the National Farmers Organization, taught CCD classes at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Emery, and served on the Pleasant Township board. He also worked for the South Dakota Highway Department in Alexandria, and for the U.S. Postal Service in Salem.
He is survived by his wife, Kate, Alexandria; his daughter, Carol Aulner (Scott) Nicholson, Letcher; and two sons, Richard (Bobbie) Aulner, and Gregg (Malinda Young) Aulner, both of Alexandria; 12 grandchildren: Jeff Nicholson, Katrina Nicholson, Molly Nicholson, Cordell Nicholson, Levi Nicholson, Lucy Nicholson, Jonathan Aulner, Stephanie Aulner, Joe Aulner, Chris Tassler, Samantha Schlaffman, Beth Aulner; eight great-grandchildren; his older brother Leonard, Houston and a number of cousins, nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his twin brother, Robert (“Bob”); and his mother-in-law, Ruth Pommer.
Ronnie will be fondly remembered for his love of his grandchildren, singing the “Crybaby” song, a love of chocolate, and always getting the toys that make noise at Christmas. He was a devoted husband and father, a loving grandfather and great-grandfather, and an exceedingly generous friend and neighbor, who will be greatly missed by everyone who had the good fortune of knowing him. Enormously curious and perceptive, he was broadly well-read and well-informed about local, state, national and world events.