Funeral services for Ronald G. Dorshorst, 79, of Hay Springs, Nebraska was held on Monday, May 18, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Hay Springs with Father Joseph Joseph and Father Tim Stoner officiating. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Mirage Flats. A rosary was held on Sunday, May 17, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. at the church. Ron passed away on May 15, 2015, at his home in Hay Springs.
Ron was born in Hay Springs on July 12, 1935, to Louis and Minnie (Schoen) Dorshorst. He grew up on the family homestead south of Hay Springs and attended Banner School though the eighth grade and graduated from Hay Springs High School in 1953 with Fines and Dandies. On May 14, 1955, he was joined in marriage to Pat (Moore) in Hay Springs. The marriage was blessed with three children: Sherri, Duane, and Shelley.
After a year of marriage (and the arrival of the first daughter) the couple moved to California for five years where Ron worked as a welder/fitter at Kaiser Steel and a salesman for Heinz. Ron and Pat returned from California to buy the Mirage Bar from Lloyd Brailey. They brought back with them a boy added to family. That started a journey of 37 years of running Ron’s Bar. During the early years they fed and watered the town of Hay Springs six days a week. Before the school cafeteria was built in 1975, the place was crowded at the noon hour with high schoolers, farmers, and business people coming in for lunch. Somewhere in there they found time to add a second daughter to the family. They wanted to keep the bar a place that had a friendly family atmosphere ,and many kids in the community grew up with Ron and Pat as surrogate grandparents.
In 1972, Ron purchased a ranch in the Pine Ridge area from Chester Jacobs, which allowed him to rekindle his love for cattle. He continued to raise red angus cattle until he could no longer care for them; he was never so happy as when he could lease the land to his nephew to continue to have cattle on the place. In the late seventies he started a new career of pipefitting. He traveled the Midwest working at coal and nuclear power plants, railroad stations, and grain and hops processing plants. You couldn’t go on a car trip with him that wouldn’t point out the different projects that he worked on with pride. After he retired he “worked” as a greeter at Wal-Mart where he did more greeting than working.
Ron’s loves were his family, friends, cattle, golf, and cards. His sense of humor and ability to make friends were his claim to fame. He was always willing to lend a hand to those in need. His grandchildren and great grandchildren became his pride and joy, and he would be glad to tell you about them all if you had the time.
He was preceded into heaven by his parents, one infant brother (Dwain), brother Gary, and sister Idelle (Steggs), and one brother-in-law Harold Steggs.
He is survived by wife Pat of the home. Daughters Sherri (Tom) Simons, and Shelley (Will) White, both of Chadron, and one son Duane (Pat) of Oberlin, Kansas. He is also survived by one sister-in- law Pat (Gary) Dorshorst. Other survivors include eight grandchildren, four great grandchildren (with two more on the way) and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family suggests memorials to the Hay Springs Fire Department, St. Columbkille Catholic Church, or the Hay Springs Pool Project. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.
Online condolences can be made at www.chamberlainchapel.com
Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of arrangements.