Ronald I. Faust
April 27, 1948 ~ January 16, 2012
Memorial services for Ron will be held on Sunday, April 29th at 2 PM at Palisades State Park in rural Garretson.
Ron was born on April 27, 1948 to Elmer and Lydia (Matchette) Faust in Allentown, PA. He was the youngest of three children and was educated and graduated from Catasauqua High School in 1966. Ron attended Penn State University for three years before he received a notice from Uncle Sam to serve his country in Viet-Nam. Instead, Ron enlisted in the Air Force and became an Electronics Warfare Specialist. Ron also married his sweetheart, JoAnn Ruth, in 1970, in Schoenersville, PA and promptly took her on a trip around the world. During his tenure, Ron served in Korea, Japan, Okinawa, Biloxi, Mississippi, Great Falls, Montana, and Dallas, Texas. Upon leaving the military, their travels took them to Fairbanks, Alaska, England, Omaha, Nebraska, and back to Fairbanks, Alaska.
In 1998, Ron took a position with the USGS Earth Resources Observation & Science (EROS) Center and they relocated to Sioux Falls and then to Dell Rapids, SD.
Ron loved to travel and was a great lover of the out doors and nature. He took time to appreciate it. Gazing at the stars next to a fire pit with a glass of fine wine or scotch and a cigar was one of his passions. He loved the Black Hills of South Dakota and camping or hiking were some of his favorite pastimes. Ron also enjoyed music, photography, reading, writing and philosophizing as well as studying people. He loved his work and the people he worked with. He liked to engage people in deep conversations and find out what they were passionate about. Ron also developed an admiration of the Crazy Horse Memorial and the family involved in its creation. He made connections with the creator and shared in the philosophy behind the Project.
Ron will be deeply missed by his wife and best friend; JoAnn, of Dell Rapids, SD, his brother; Roger (Brenda) Faust, Germansville, PA, his sister; Judy Parsons, Kingman, AZ, nine nieces and nephews, eleven great nieces and nephews, and one great-great niece.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother-in-law, Max Parsons.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Crazy Horse Memorial, 12151 Avenue of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse, SD, 57730-8900.