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“I miss you more than most people know. I'm so sorry I couldn't see you before you passed. You have been such a great man in my life and an...Read More ยป
1 of 4 | Posted by: Barbara Dobesh - Columbus, NE

Grandparents brought me a Mrs. Beasley doll and spent time at our house “Grandpa, You were so special to me. I thank God for the precious time I had with you on earth. Love you and see ya when I get there. ”
2 of 4 | Posted by: Anna Beasley - Brookings, SD

“I Will miss you alot grandpa harold always be in my heart! ”
3 of 4 | Posted by: Kadeesha Shorter - Columbus, NE

“I'm sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
4 of 4 | Posted by: Peggy Lowther - Denver, CO

Harold Dean Dobesh was born November 20, 1924 to Charles and Tillie (Bahm) Dobesh in Gregory County, South Dakota. Harold's family moved to Bennett County in 1926 and he later graduated from Martin High School in 1943.

After high school he owned a ranch in Bennett County which he farmed until he sold it in the early 60's. Along with ranching, Harold began working for the Department of Agriculture during high school as an adjuster and fieldsmen, he then became a District Director for the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation in South Eastern South Dakota. In 1985 he transferred to Washington DC where he became a Crop Insurance Specialist for the United States Department of Agriculture until he retired in 1996. In 2005 he returned to South Dakota and resided in Sioux Falls.

On June 29, 1948 Harold married Ramona Sigman and lived on a farm near Martin for several years raising cattle. In this union, five children were born; twins Dennis and Douglas, Dinah, Doran and Brian.

Harold was a member of the Yankton Elks Club and Calvary Episcopal Cathedral in Sioux Falls.

Harold passed away peacefully on November 3, 2017 at Palisades Nursing Home in Garretson, SD, at the age of 92.

Harold is survived by his very special friend and companion of 30 years, Millie Tisland, who was loved very much by Harold and his family. He is also survived by two sons, Dennis and Doran Dobesh, (both of Sioux Falls, SD), nine grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren.

Harold was proceeded in death by his parents, Charles and Tillie Dobesh, two sisters, Hilda Dobesh and Elvera Peabody, his son Douglas Dobesh, and two infant children, Brian and Dinah Dobesh.

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Funeral services for Harold Dobesh, 92, were held Thursday, November 9, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home in Sioux Falls, SD with Reverend Ward Simpson officiating. A visitation was held one hour prior to the funeral service.

Music was provided by Geoff Smith, soloist, singing "I Will Rise."

A time of memory sharing was held.

Casket Bearers were Harold's grandchildren: Brian Dobesh, Barbara Dobesh, Anna Beasley, Steve Ebel, Cory Dobesh, Daisy Davis, Randy Snyder, Rodney Snyder, and Nikki Snyder.

Graveside service was held Friday, November 10, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Hillview Cemetery, Dallas, SD, with Pastor Allen Bouslaugh officiating.