CPT George Richard “Dick” Ambrosius


CPT George Richard “Dick” Ambrosius

Huron, Beadle County, South Dakota, USA
Death 24 Jan 2020 (aged 73)
Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, South Dakota, USA
Burial Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, South Dakota, USA
Plot SECTION 2 SITE 29 Interment 6 July 2021
Memorial ID 229246451 View Source
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Dick Ambrosius, age 73 of Sioux Falls passed away on Friday, January 24, 2020 at Avera McKennan Hospital surrounded by his family. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at Church of St. Mary in Sioux Falls. Visitation will be on Monday, January 27, 2020 at George Boom Funeral Home & On-Site Crematory, Sioux Falls where the family will greet relatives and friends from 4:00 - 6:30 PM with a Liturgical Wake Service beginning at 6:30 PM. In memory of Dick, memorials can be directed to Warriors Never Give Up, Sioux Falls.

Dick Ambrosius was born on April 25, 1946 in Huron, South Dakota to Norm and Lillian Ambrosius. He was the middle child following his beloved big brother Buck and little sister, Nancy Sieh.

Dick graduated from Huron High School in 1964 and attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion where he was involved in ROTC, the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and earned a Master's Degree. Years later he would successfully lobby to bring the ATO chapter back to Greek Life at the USD campus.

After his college graduation in 1968, he was commissioned to the US Army and earned the rank of Captain. He served in Vietnam where he was injured in combat and subsequently earned Purple Heart and Bronze Star honors.

Dick was an extremely hard worker and did everything 110%. He started a new Senior Citizen Center and founded his own marketing firm, Phoenix Systems which evolved into the consulting practice Positive Aging. A tireless advocate for Seniors' rights, he cofounded "The Society", a group of thought leaders who work to explore various topics related to aging. He was a private investigator, a probation officer and even a published author.

He has done SO much for SO many, and has worn so many hats. He was a patriot and an honorable man in all he did. Even in "retirement" he served as Executive Director for Warriors Never Give Up - a local non-profit organization that provides outdoor adventures to disabled veterans.

He was a devoted and loyal friend. He loved the Black Hills. A man of his word, you could always trust a handshake. You could say a hundred things about him and not scratch the surface of who he was.

Anyone who knew him would tell you Dick did everything whole heartedly. He worked hard, but more importantly he loved hard. He truly gave the BEST hugs. Ask anyone around who had the honor. He was a loving husband to his wife, Karen; a supportive father to his children, Jennifer, Matthew and Jacob, a caring big brother to his little sister Nancy, and absolutely adored his five grandchildren - Taylor, Cody, Willa, Norah Jane and Ty Richard. He was a fun cousin, a favorite uncle and his presence in the family will be greatly missed.

Dick passed away early on January 24th after suffering a severe brain bleed the previous Tuesday. He was a fighter to end but died peacefully with his wife by his side.

Grateful for sharing his life are his wife, Karen Ambrosius of Sioux Falls; daughter, Jennifer Petersen and her husband, Brent of Tea, SD; son, Matt Ambrosius and his wife, Jess of St. Augustine, FL; son, Jacob Ambrosius who is currently serving in the United States Navy; grandchildren, Taylor Rupe, Cody Petersen, Willa Ambrosius, Norah Ambrosius, Ty Petersen; sister, Nancy Sieh of Katy, TX; and a host of additional relatives and friends.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Norm and Lillian (McGaughey) Ambrosius; brother, Buck Ambrosius.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for CPT George Richard “Dick” Ambrosius (25 Apr 1946–24 Jan 2020), Find a Grave Memorial ID 229246451, citing South Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, South Dakota, USA ; Maintained by Rio (contributor 48809896) .