Richard Zacher, 82, of Eagle Butte, passed away Monday, October 22, 2018 at the Avera Dougherty Hospice House, Sioux Falls after a long battle with cancer.
Funeral services will be 9:00 a.m., Saturday, October 27, 2018 at All Saints Catholic Church, Eagle Butte with Fr. Bryan Sorenson presiding. Burial will follow in the Eagle Butte Cemetery with military honors. A rosary service will be 7:00 p.m., Friday, October 26, 2018 at the church with visitation one hour prior.
Richard Pius Zacher was born March 9, 1936 in Eagle Butte to Frank J. and Mary L. (Ganje) Zacher. Dick learned the value of hard work growing up on the farm and these values rendered him an entrepreneur and main street businessman. Dick served in the US army for two years upon graduating from high school in 1955. Dick was married to Ophelia (Swan), mother of their children Karla and Bryan, for 22 years. Dick gave back to his community as mayor, serving several terms. Dick enjoyed volunteering for the All Saints Catholic Church doing yardwork.
When Dick was not working, he enjoyed gardening, fishing, playing cards, listening to polka music, making homemade pickles and grilling steaks. His tasty soups will be missed by many.
Dick is survived by his children Karla (Kasey) Abbott, Amber, Mary (Deitrich) Thompson and Will; and Bryan (Kim) Zacher and Shawn. He is also survived by his brothers Phil (Carolie) Zacher, Jerome (Edwina) Zacher and Jack (Karen) Ganje. Surviving nieces and nephews are Maria (Dave) Kuharski, Denise Grubbs, Mike (Tracy) Zacher, Renee Zacher and JJ (Nicole) Zacher.
Dick was preceded in death by his father Frank J. Zacher and his mother Mary L. Zacher. Also preceding him in death were his brother Robert Zacher and ex-wife Ophelia Breisch.
In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be given to: Prairie Creek Assisted Living, 4312 W. Creekside Circle, Sioux Falls SD 57106 – Attn: Courtyard Fund.