Ronald Aulner

Dates

April 17, 1948 - April 15, 2019

Obituary

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.


Visitation(s)

Date
Sunday, April 21, 2019
Time
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location
6:30 PM Scripture Service

St. Martin Catholic Church
342 3rd Ave
Emery, SD 57332

Service

Date
Monday, April 22, 2019
Time
10:30 AM
Location
St. Martin Catholic Church
342 3rd Ave
Emery, SD 57332

Cemetery

St. Mary of Mercy Catholic Cemetery
Alexandria, South Dakota


Posted by Diane Schulz on April 22, 2019
Such a shock to hear about Ronnie's passing. Memories, so so many,they will live on in my heart. May you find peace in your memories and strength in God's presence in the days ahead. Prayers for you, Carol, Richard, Gregg and their families. Get together soon.
Posted by Joyce Folsom on April 22, 2019
Kathy: You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers
Posted by Barbara Duffey on April 22, 2019
Kate and family. So sorry to hear of Ronnie’s sudden passing. He was such a great guy! I will always cherish the find memories of Ronnie at all of our class reunions. He made them a lot more fun! Prayers to you and your family.
Posted by Jon and Kaye Smith on April 22, 2019
Our deepest Sympathies for all the family love ❤️ 🙏🙏💙
Posted by Kimberly Weber-Bunger on April 22, 2019
May the comfort of knowing that he is in heaven bring peace. Ronnie will always be remembered by me as the guy with a big smile and always treated people fairly no matter what!!
Posted by Shannon Fiddler on April 21, 2019
Kate. Thinking of you all in this difficult time.
Posted by Donna Nitz Muller on April 21, 2019
So sorry Kathy and family.
Posted by Ariel Anderson (Nicholson) on April 21, 2019
My deepest sympathy to the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Posted by Bobbi Riggs on April 21, 2019
So sorry for your loss Kathy. Prayers for you and your family.
Posted by Dan and Karen Weber on April 21, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Posted by Diane Plagmann Hansen on April 21, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Remember the good times with Ron and your family Kate. They will become more dear as time goes on.
Posted by Diane Fuhrman on April 21, 2019
Such a deep loss, Ronnie was such a caring and wonderful man! My thoughts and prayers for all of his family. Ronnie has touched so many hearts with his kindness as a very dear friend to many.
Posted by Janet Kopecky on April 20, 2019
My deepest sympathy for you, Kate and all your family. Hugs.
Posted by Malou Wagener-Aulner, Luxemburg, EU on April 20, 2019
So terribly sorry to hear about this loss Kate and family. What a chance to have met Ronnie, such a good and caring person. I lived him instantly, just as I did with Albert, his father. I was so keen to meet again, either over there or here. I wish you great courage through this time and my prayers and thoughts are with you.
Posted by Arla Patterson on April 18, 2019
So sorry, know your all in our prayers!
Posted by jim laabs on April 18, 2019
sorry for your loss, he was a great neighbor,will miss him
Posted by Leroy Schneider on April 18, 2019
Kate and family: My sincere condolences and prayers in this time of sorrow. Ronnie always had a smile.
Posted by Daniel and Karen Heins on April 18, 2019
Kate, our deepest sympathies to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Don Hill on April 18, 2019
So sorry to hear of Ron passing. So enjoyed his fun and smiling personality at our reunions!
Posted by Linda Kayser Assid on April 17, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family
Posted by Rick Cross on April 17, 2019
So sorry to hear about Ronnie,he was a great guy to have as a friend.I so enjoyed stopping for mid morning coffee with him and Richard before hunting pheasnts! Never negative about
anything, RIP my old friend.
Posted by Jan Kayser on April 17, 2019
May God carry you through this time of grief. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless.
Posted by Doris Schilberg Sprecher on April 17, 2019
You have our deepest Sympathies! I will keep you in my prayers in the coming months! Doris
Posted by Dan & Ruth Olinger on April 16, 2019
Our deepest sympathies to you and your family, Kate. Ronnie was a great person. Always a smile for everyone.
Posted by Richard and Carol Kunkel on April 16, 2019
May God's blessings be with you and your family in the days ahead. So sorry for your lost.
Posted by Betty Saxton Nordhausen on April 16, 2019
Kate and family. Such a shock to hear of Ronnie's passing. Will remember all the good times we had with you and Ronnie. Thoughts and prayers are sent your way.
Posted by Bob and Jollynn Ruden on April 16, 2019
We are so sorry to hear of Ronnie’s passing. Such a loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you Kathy and your family
Posted by Jim & Mary Osterloo on April 16, 2019
Kathy and Family. Our condolences in the loss of Ronnie. He was a great guy. Your family is in our prayers.
Posted by Wayne Thomas on April 16, 2019
Kate and family: My thoughts and prayers for you and your family
Posted by Wade and Michelle kunkel on April 16, 2019
So sorry for your loss.
Posted by Carm Roster on April 16, 2019
Kate and family - so sorry for your loss. Prayers for peace and comfort to all
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