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November 9, 1951-January 16, 2021

Ronald Allen Goodsell Sr., “Tatanka Ob Mani” (Walks with Buffalo) age 69, of Sisseton, South Dakota Journeyed to the Spirit World after his battle with COVID-19 on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, North Dakota.

He was born on November 9, 1951 in Pipestone, Minnesota the son of Glen Goodsell Sr. and Lydia Derby. Harrison Crow, Pipestone, MN.

When Ron was 3 years old he had the pleasure of being raised by Pierce and Laura Owen, he had many fond memories of his Owen family and to the day of his passing still called them his family.

Ron worked as a intern in pharmacy at IHS during high school, he was also well known in high school for his wrestling and football skills. After graduating from Sisseton High School in 1970 he attended Minnesota Medial Institute completing his lab technician training. He at this time met and married Vivian Gill, they relocated back to Sisseton where he accepted a position at IHS as a lab tech and also as the X-ray technician.

Ron worked for Teigen construction as welder and masonry building roads. In 1978-1987 he worked for HIP program at SWC as a carpenter building and renovating homes on the SWO. From 1987-1995 he worked as the TERO Director, he then started working at Dakota Sioux Casino as the Director of Maintenance and retiring in 1999.

Ron was a family man and loved his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren very dearly. Ron loved the challenge of riding bulls, and thru out his whole life Ron was an avid outdoors men, enjoying fishing, hunting and trapping. His sons have very fond memories of trapping fox, ice fishing and Hunting geese. He also enjoyed watching his sons wrestle, he attended many of his children’s sport activities, and never missing his daughter Ronni Renae’s volleyball games.

When marrying Vivian Gill in 1971 this union gave him his sons: Michael Gill, Solomon Goodsell, Mathew Goodsell. Daughters Liberty Ann Strutz, Juliah Goodsell, and Ronni R. Goodsell.

They later divorced and Ron had 3 sons Trent Barse, Ronald G Goodsell, and Josiah Bird.

Then in 1999 he met and Married his loving wife Elizabeth Brown. This union brough his sons: Chad Brown of Eden TX, Jeremy Carroll, Daughters: Tia Triplett-Carroll of Edwardsville, IL, Misty Tate of Chattanooga TN. Ron and Liz enjoyed going to auctions, estate sales and thrift shops. They also frequented Dakota Connection and build friendships with staff. They resided in Watertown and then later relocating to Red Iron where is lived out the remainder of his days.

Survived by his wife: Elizabeth Goodsell; sons: Solomon Goodsell, Ronald G. Goodsell Jr. and Michael Gill and Chad Brown daughters: Liberty Ann (James)Strutz, Juliah (David) Goodsell, Ronni Goodsell, Tia Triplett-Carroll, Misty Tate. Brothers: Leslie (Marilynn) Goodsell, Marshall (Donita) Goodsell, Troy Goodsell, Todd Goodsell and Glen (Jill) Goodsell Jr.; sisters: Kathy Robertson and Lydia Derby; 47 grandchildren and 40 great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents Lydia and Glen Goodsell Sr. and Harrison Crow. Three sons: Trent Barse, Mathew Goodsell and Josiah Bird. Two brothers: Jack Crow and Joseph Crow and by a sister Brenda MacConnell.

Funeral services for Ronald Goodsell will be held on Saturday, January 23rd at 11:00 A.M. at Church of St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church Hall, 619 N. Main Avenue, in Sisseton, South Dakota.

Half Iron Singers will be the Drum Group.

Wakes will be held on Thursday, January 21st from 7:00 10:00 P.M. and Friday, January 22nd from 7:00 P.M. to all night at Church of St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church Hall in Sisseton, South Dakota.

Honorary Casket Bearers: Dakota Connection Casino-John Derby, David White-Nola Ragan-Tammy Goodwin, Kenny Abraham-Cody MacConnell, John Cloud-CR James-Gary Owen, Milton Owen-John Cloud-David Cloud, Jackie White-Darrell White, Coteau Des Prairie (Dr. Gallagher) and Myron Williams.

Casket Bearers: Taylor Shepherd, Jalen Shepherd, Ronald Goodsell III,  Waylon Goodsell, Solomon Goodsell,  Keith Huff, Russell MacConnell,  Isaiah Barse, 

Aaron Goodsell,  Jarvis Barse, Austin Goodsell, Connor Anderson, Isiac Goodsell, Curtis D. Bearhart III, Zachary Billie, Wayne Goodsell, Bobby Williams and Mathew Goodsell II.



9 Guestbook Entries

  1. Tamra Redday

    My sincerest condolences

  2. Jodi Bohn

    So sorry for your family

  3. Wayne Heminger Jr & Family

    Condolences to the family

  4. Mary Carlson

    We are deeply sorry for your loss
    Edith Nigg. Don&Mary(Nigg) Carlson. Jeanne Nigg and families

  5. Gloria Hazell-Derby

    Deep Condolences to all of Ron’s family.

  6. Carlena Macconnell and kid's

    Prayers for healing and strength ? for my family gonna miss you Uncle Ron

  7. Sheila Ironheart

    My deepest sympathies for his family, He was a good man. Rest in Peace.
    Hugs and Prayers for his family.

  8. Darla Barse

    My Prayers are with You All ??❤ My Deepest Condolences to The Family ?

  9. Maxine DuMarce

    I’m so sorry for your loss Liz, you and your family are in my prayers.


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