Ronald F. Shook


December 17, 1939 - December 31, 2022 

Ronald F. Shook passed December 31, 2022 at his home with family by his side. He was born to Caroline & Joseph Shook in Hot Springs S.D., on December 17, 1939. He was 83 years old.

Ron enlisted in the Army and was stationed at Ft. Lewis from 1958 to 1961. During this time he had a daughter. The city life was not for this South Dakota boy so he moved back to Hot Springs. 

In 1963 he married Lois Coates & had 3 children from this union. He met and married Paulene Alder in 1976 and gained 3 daughters.

Ron worked road construction for Zanstra for many years. He was an expert at operating the bulldozer and was very proud of that. After he retired, he and Paulene moved to Buffalo Gap S.D. He eventually became Mayor of Buffalo Gap and served for several years. His favorite thing to do was to go dancing, which he truly loved. He also tinkered with cars and wasn’t too bad at carpentry.

Ron is survived by his special friend, Joanne Eiesland of Pringle; brother, Keith (Linda) Shook of Willard Ohio; sisters, Mary Derrick of Hot Springs, Irene Wetstein of Lockport Ill. and Carolyn (Charles) Zimiga of Pine Ridge; sons, Joe (Cheryl) Shook of Edgemont and Jason (Marissa) Shook of Edgemont; daughters, Darcy (Ron) Batt of Hot Springs, Melody (Jerry) Vliem of Lodgepole, Teresa Alder of Douglas Wyo., Geraldene (Steve) Dyer of Douglas Wyo., Jodi (Dave) Kreienbrink of Spanaway Wash., and bonus daughter, Jame Rae of Rapid City; as well as 16 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Ron is preceeded in death by his wife, Paulene; mother, Caroline; father, Joseph; sisters, Maxine Taggert and Sharon Neil; brother, Clarence Shook and grandson, Zachery Looser.

Per Ron’s request there will be no funeral services at this time. Condolences may be sent to PO Box 104, Buffalo Gap, S.D. 57722

Fall River County Herald Star

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