Ronald G. Sechser of Hartford finished his earthly work on January 10, 2023, just short of his 91st birthday. He left peacefully with his wife and caregivers by his side. Funeral mass will be held at 1:30 pm on Monday, January 16 at St. George Catholic Church in Hartford, immediately followed by a luncheon. Visitation with family present will begin at 2 pm on Sunday, also at the church. A prayer service and time of sharing will be held at 4 pm followed by a rosary. Masks are highly recommended for the health and safety of Iona.
Ronald Sechser was born January 17, 1932 to George and Lela Sechser at home in McCook County. As a small child he attended McCook Country School and graduated from the 8th grade in Salem. He joined the US Army and was called to active duty August 12, 1952, through June 30, 1954, leaving from Salem, SD. He was assigned to the 86th Reconnaissance Battalion 6th Armored Division in Korea.
On March 4, 1957, Ron was united in marriage to Iona Mitchell at St. George Catholic Church. Ron was a Fuller Brush Salesman in the Armour area, worked for Arco on High Power Lines as a lineman, and worked at Morrell’s for 30 years. He was a self-taught plumber and electrician and worked on small appliances of all sorts.
Ron was known as Mr. Hartford. In the later years, he worked for West Central School, Laundry Mat and did various mowing jobs in the community. Ron was nominated for the Keloland Jefferson Award. He enjoyed what we think is work, gardening, yardwork and woodworking. He loved flowers and nature. Ron was a member of St. George Catholic Church and the Hartford American Legion Post 118.
Grateful for his life are his wife, Iona of Hartford; children, Debra (Tom) Schultz of Tulare, Jean Bunde of Larchwood, IA, George (Denise) of Hartford, Dale Sechser of Mesa, AZ, Rhonda (Dave) Kuchta of Hartford, Kenny (Barb) of Kalispell, MT, David (Kim) of Sioux Falls, and special niece, Roseanne Bosch; 18 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and three more on the way; brothers, Norman (Joan) Sechser of Sun City, AZ and Bob Sechser of Ramona; brother- and sisters-in-law, Don Beaner of Parker, Beverly Sechser of Hartford and Sheila Sechser of Sioux Falls; and many nieces and nephews.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Mary Lou Servold, Georgiann Christiansen and Gloria Beaner, brothers, Merle and Lyle Sechser and great-grandson, Isaiah Orsten-Sechser.