Richard "Dick" Vosberg

Richard "Dick" Vosberg, age 74, of Midland, S.D., died Sunday, September 5, 2010, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Richard "Dick" Vosberg was born April 30, 1936, the only child of Harry and Asenith "Pat" Vosberg, in the upstairs apartment at Jack's Cafe in Bridgewater, S.D. He graduated from Bridgewater High School in 1954 as an outstanding athlete. He attended Dakota Wesleyan University for one year and graduated from Augustana College in 1958. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Social Science/Physical Education from Huron College and his Master's Degree in Educational Administration from Black Hills State.

Dick was an avid sports fan all his life and was lucky enough to earn a try-out with the Chicago Cubs while in college where he lettered in baseball and basketball. It was at this time that he decided to "go the school route" and taught or was a school administrator and coach for nearly 45 years.

He spread his knowledge at Belvidere, Blunt, Spencer, Todd County, Kadoka, White River, Draper, Midland, Kimball, Kyle and Crazy Horse. He was a coach and referee for over 40 years, earning Region Basketball Coach of the Year twice, Dakota Wesleyan's Alumni Coach of the Year, earned the 25 Year Coaches Award and was a member of the Lifetime Basketball Coach's Association. He had many sports highlights in his life, but three of the most significant were the White River Tigers earning 2nd place in the State "A" Girls Basketball Tournament in 1992, racking up over 400 wins as a high school basketball coach, and being invited to referee at the State Girls' Basketball Tournament. Dick cherished the friendships made during his teaching, coaching and refereeing days.

Dick married Erin Lynne Doyle on July 7, 1961 in Blunt, S.D. To this union three children were born, Holly, Kelly and Tate.

Dick loved horses and any western movie ever made. He enjoyed music and was actually musically inclined but never really shared the talent. His greatest love, however, was his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Dick is survived by his daughter, Holly (Randy) Nemec of Midland and his son, Kelly (Dena) Vosberg of Blunt, seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and six step great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by both his mother and father and by his son, Tate, in 2002.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 8, at the Rush Funeral Home in Philip, and one hour preceding the services at the auditorium on Thursday.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. MDT Thursday, September 9, at the Midland School Auditorium, with Pastor Kathy Chesney officiating.

Music for the service will be provided by Barb Petoske, pianist, and Barb Jones, vocalist, as well as congregational hymns. Ushers are Tom Parquet and Bret Strain.

Pallbearers are Dick's grandchildren, Cole Lee, Katey Ortlieb, Christi Kuiper, Tyler Nemec, Chelsee Rankin, Cheri Johnson, McKenzie Vosberg, Mark Johnson, Joshua Vosberg, Jorgen Vosberg and Ryker Vosberg. Honorary pallbearers are all of Dick's former students and athletes.

Graveside services will be held 3:30 CDT, Thursday, at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Blunt.

A memorial is established.

Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.

An online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com