Ronald Lee Pederson: 1948-2017
Ronald Lee Pederson
Ronald “Stub” Lee Pederson was born on September 26, 1948 in Mobridge, South Dakota to Ralph and Helen (Brammer) Pederson. He passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Rapid City Hospice after a brief battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Stub was raised on the Broken Heart Ranch working with cattle, sheep and horses. Ron attended school in Timber Lake and graduated in 1966. He furthered his education by attending the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, North Dakota where he received his welding certificate.
Stub served in the United States Army and was deployed to Vietnam on Aug. 28 1968. While in Vietnam he was a member of the B Company, First Battalion of the Sixth Infantry, 198TH Brigade, Americal Division. Much of Stub’s Vietnam duty was being the Radio Operator for his Unit. This was often one of the most dangerous details in a Unit. For his service, Stub was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 medal, and the Vietnam Service Medal. On August 24, 1969 Stub returned from Vietnam and was honorably discharged as a Specialist on March 27, 1970.
Following his service to our country, Stub returned to the ranch where he worked for several years with his Dad and his brother Gary. His talents as a welder led him to work for Craven Stack Moving in Aberdeen, SD. He then moved out to the Black Hills and worked for Lein Construction. In 1988, Stub started his own welding business, “Stub’s Custom Welding” in Rapid City SD. Stub could fix the unfixable and build the impossible. He prided himself in his work and was always the man for the job completing any project from backyard swing sets for customers and friend’s kids, Viking ship built for a parade and a bronc rider and Infantryman sculpture that stand on Main Street in Timber Lake, SD to building ranch, oilfield, and powerline equipment from a concept in his head. He spent many late nights and weekends building equipment and doing repairs on breakdowns so people could get back to work.
Stub’s hobbies were working, traveling, dancing, and working. Yes, working was intentionally duplicated. The people that knew him best called him a “true friend” often helping them when they needed something and putting them ahead of himself. Stub’s generosity and unselfishness is what made him a great man. Stub was clearly loyal to his country, family, and friends.
Stub is survived by his special friend Kim Dietz of Rapid City, his German Shepard dog, Jasper of the Welding Shop, his brother Gary and wife Sue of Firesteel, South Dakota, three nephews and one niece and their families, Bart and Carol Pederson, and their children Logan, Blake, Jessica and Kylie of Knoxville, Tennessee; Bret and Cindy Pederson and their children G.P., J.B., C.L., J.W., and Jessa of Glad Valley, South Dakota, Kim (Pederson) and Cliff Olson and their children Austin and Wyatt of White River, South Dakota and, Chad and Lisa Pederson and their child Bricelyn of Firesteel, South Dakota, and many friends and customers.
Stub was predeceased by his parents Ralph and Helen Pederson, his close high school friend Dave Rickels who died in combat in Vietnam, and many of his fellow B Company Infantrymen.
Everyone is welcome to a Friends and Family Service in honor of Stub on Monday, July 24, 2017 at the Prairie Parish Church in Timber Lake, SD. The service will begin at 7 PM MT.
Stub will be laid to rest at the Black Hills National Cemetery, near Sturgis, SD on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 3 PM MT. Sturgis Honor Guard. will provide military rites. A reception will follow at the VFW in Sturgis SD.