Ronald “Ron” Allen Reyelts

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April 25, 1947 ~ July 31, 2023

Ronald A. Reyelts, 76, Sioux Falls, died on Monday, July 31, 2023, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, surrounded by his family.

Visitation with the family present will be 4pm – 6pm, Monday, August 7, 2023, at Heartland Funeral Home, Brandon. A time of sharing memories will begin at 5:30, followed by Military Honors. A private family burial will take place at a later date.

Ronald Allen Reyelts was born on April 25, 1947, to Albert and Ruby (Walker) Reyelts in Sioux Falls. Ron received his education in Sioux Falls. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. He was a decorated soldier who proudly served as a Marine in the Vietnam War, before being Honorably Discharged in August 1970. Ron married Audrey Mielitz in 1981. She had two daughters, Kimberly and Lori. Later, they had Tiffany and Tonya.

Ron was employed at Overhead Doors. He went on to complete classes at MCT, to become a semi-truck driver. He was an over-the-road driver for Willards and Metz Bakery before retiring from Metz Bakery. He returned to work part-time at First Rate Excavating before retiring for good.  Ron loved fishing at Lake Thompson with his family and friends who became family, hunting, camping, his pets, Brownie and Holly, and spending time with his grandkids.

Ron is survived by his two daughters, Tiffany Flannery, Sioux Falls and Tonya Reyelts-Doese, Sioux Falls; two step-daughters, Kimberly (Oliver) Narum, Sioux Falls and Lori Anderson, Sioux Falls; five grandchildren, Nick (Val), Lindsey, Meghan, Rachel (Wesley), and Cody; six great-grandchildren, Leondre, Octayviah, Dauhrio, Avianna, Anneiva, and Joseph.

Ron was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey; his parents, Albert and Rudy (Walker); brothers, Lawrence and Darrell; and sisters, Donna and Dorothy. 

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  • Dan (Danny) Doherty says:

    O God, Whose intent is always to have mercy and to spare, we humbly beseech Thee for the soul of Thy servant Ron Reyelts,
    which Thou has commanded to depart out of this world,
    that Thou wouldst not deliver him into the hands of the enemy,
    nor forget Ron unto the end, but wouldst command Ron Reyelts to be received by the Holy Angels,
    and conducted to Paradise,
    his true country; that as in Thee he hoped and believed that he may not suffer the pains of hell, but may take possession of eternal joys.
    Through Christ our Lord.

  • Lisa Kienast (Walker) says:

    So very sorry for your loss Tiffany, Tonya, Kim and Lori. Thinking of you all during this sad time.

  • Margaret Humphrey says:

    Will always remember his fishing trips here.

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