Ronald D. Royalty


September 17, 1953 - August 11, 2008



Ronald D. (Ronnie) Royalty, 54, passed away Monday, August 11, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota after a courageous battle with cancer. 

      He was born September 17, 1953, at Mitchell, to James “John” and Eva (Kousman) Royalty and grew up and attended school at Mt. Vernon.  On July 24, 1971, he married Diane Regan in a cowboy wedding ceremony at Mt. Vernon.  He worked at Musick Livestock, Ronnie’s Parts & Salvage, Sheesley Heating & Plumbing, and Mitchell Concrete before starting his own business, The Country Trader, in 1995. He also graduated from the Mankato School of Auctioneering in 1986 and was selected valedictorian of his class.  He was associated with Earl & Royalty Auction Service and later, Royal-T Auction Service after his partner, Gary Earl, retired.

      He had many hobbies including hunting, fishing, roping, collecting guns, playing cards and attending auctions, but he took the greatest pleasure in breaking and training his young horses and spent many hours riding up and down the hills of his river pasture.

      During the past few years, he became actively involved in Cowboy Fast Draw, a sport he came to love along with the many people with whom he developed great friendships. He acted as Rangemaster at many shoots, a position for which he became well-respected because of his fairness and ability to oversee the operation of the range.  His last wish was to attend the Minnesota State Shoot last weekend to say good-bye to his many friends.  Unfortunately, the weekend was cut short when he had to be transferred to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.  On Sunday, he was presented in absentee the “Spirit of the Game” award for his true devotion to the sport and his fellow shooters. He passed away Monday evening, free from his pain at last.

      He was a member of the Horsemen’s Sports Roping Club, the Cowboy Fast Draw Association, and the Moose Lodge.

      He is lovingly remembered by his wife, his children, Kerry Royalty, and Kris Royalty and wife, Amber, all of Mitchell.  His grandchildren, Samantha and Austin Hanten, and Kolton and Jacey Royalty were the lights of his life and he was never happier than when he was spending time with them.  His survivors also include his mother, Eva Royalty, Mitchell, his brother Ed and wife, Teresa, of Rapid City, his mother-in-law, Virginia Easton of Mitchell, two nephews, Slade & Cody Royalty of Rapid City and a niece Taunya Shields of Newport News, VA.  Other survivors include two sisters-in-law, Susan Easton and Julie Anderson and husband, Steve, and two brothers-in-law, Steve Easton and Rick Easton and wife, Cindy, all of Mitchell, and several cousins, aunts, and uncles and all his host of friends.  He was preceded in death by his father, a brother, Wesley “Pete” Royalty, a nephew, Shaun Royalty, his father-in-law, Charles “Chuck” Easton, an aunt, Bonnie Bollock, and his grandparents and great-grandparents.



Friday, August 15, 2008
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Harvest Community Church of the Nazarene
Prayer Service ~ 8:00 PM
1017 West Norway
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, August 16, 2008
10:00 AM
Harvest Community Church of the Nazarene
1017 West Norway
Mitchell, South Dakota


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Connie Somerville..Sioux Falls on August 15, 2008
my prayers and thoughts are with you, your family and Ronnie's mom
Now he is pain free and no longer suffering
God Bless
Posted by Sue Tubbs on August 15, 2008
Ronnie was a perfect example of "cowboy"..He loved everything about the west and lived it in everyway he could from his marriage to his last days. Not many of us can say they enjoyed life but Ronnie always seemed to ride high in the saddle of life right to the bitter end..God Bless him, now he won't suffer..God bless his family as they try to endure this loss...
Posted by Richard and Carol Kunkel on August 14, 2008
Diane and Family,

Was so sorry to hear about Ronnie. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. May God Bless you and keep you and his light shine upon you.
Posted by Steven Swenson on August 14, 2008
To all the family members, my sympathies and prayers are with you at this time. While I didn't know Ronald, I did get to know his brother Ed while I worked at the Rapid Valley Mini Mart.
May God be with you at this time of need and help guide you,
Steve Swenson
Posted by Jan Vining on August 14, 2008
Kerry, I'm so sorry for your loss but know that he is in a better place now and no longer suffering. I personally didn't know your father but do remember your mother. Our sympathies to your mom and the rest of the family. We will be thinking of you.
Jan, Jason & family, Vickie & family
Posted by DAWN LUCKETT on August 14, 2008
Posted by Melody Schoon on August 14, 2008
I will always remember the good memories of Ronnie trying to sell me something or other. He always knew how to bring a smile to someones face. We all know that he is in a better place and watching over as your guardian angels. Kelly and I prayers and thoughts are with you Diane, Kris and Kerry.
May God be with you at this time of need.
Melody, Kelly and Kylene Straw

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