Ralph C. Hoggatt, 80

Ralph C. Hoggatt, 80, of Deadwood, passed away peacefully on Aug. 5, 2019, at Sturgis Regional Senior Care.

Ralph lead a full life of quiet service to his state, local municipalities, and community as a lawyer and as a leader/volunteer.

Ralph has served as the Lead Deadwood Kiwanis Club President in 1999-2000 and served as the third longest serving Kiwanis Club Secretary from 1969–1976. Ralph was a strong civic leader and he volunteered at many major events such as the Methodist Church’s Biker Breakfast and the Michaelson Trail Marathon. He was a Toastmasters Club member for over 55 years and has held all the officer positions up to and including regional governor.

A true South Dakotan through and through, Ralph was born May 6, 1939, in Lead, to a mining family. As a young man, he learned to hunt for game and fish in most of the creeks and lakes of the Black Hills. He attended the local Lead schools and graduated from Lead High School in 1957. He then attended the South Dakota Law School in Vermillion, S.D. After obtaining his law degree on Aug. 16, 1963, he returned to Lead and Deadwood to practice law as a private attorney, city attorney, magistrate, and state’s attorney.  Ralph was the longest practicing lawyer in South Dakota while he practiced law.

Ralph’s passion was basketball.  Ralph enjoyed following college and professional basketball; he was a virtual repository of basketball history. Not only did he enjoy watching this sport, but he played intermural basketball with high school students, college students, and other local players even into his 70s. It took a significant health issue to stop him from continuing playing.

Ralph served the community quietly but with a strong commitment to his beliefs.  These beliefs include service to others, respect of persons, and the golden rule. 

Ralph is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, Anna and George Hoggatt; his sister, Katherine Mangold; his brother, Gerald Hoggatt; his sister, Elizabeth Dyke; his brother, Dr. John Hoggatt; and his cousin, John Hoggatt.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Lead with Pastor Peggy Hanson officiating.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.

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