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.