Dobesh, Harold

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 Dean Dobesh passed away peacefully on November 3, 2017, at Palisades Nursing Home in Garretson, S.D., 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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