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Ronald J. Stevens (Rapid City, SD) – Obituary
Ronald J. Stevens
November 2, 1949 - June 29, 2017
Ronald J. Stevens, 67, of Rapid City died Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Ron was born Nov. 2, 1949 in Eldon, IA to Joseph and Vivian (Dorothy) Stevens.
He grew up in Newell and Rapid City, graduating from Rapid City High School in 1967 and Black Hills State University in 1972.
Following college, he was the director of the Juvenile Detention Center of Pennington County.
Ron married Robin Jensen on July 15, 1978 in Rapid City.
Ron was a life-long entrepreneur and with Robin and his friends and business partners, they owned and operated Hara's in the mall, Clock Tower Lounge, Rushmore Waterslide Park, and most recently, RushmoreEmbroidery and Screenprinting, to name a few.
Ron was a captivating storyteller and perpetual comedian. He enjoyed cruising on his motorcycle, tackling home improvement projects and working in the yard.
Ron is survived by his wife of 38 years, Robin, daughters Jaime (Ryan) Vollertsen of Centennial, CO, Emily (Gabe) Gatzke of Evans, CO, grandchildren Nolan and Josie Vollertsen and sister Janet Eichler, Newell, SD.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Jeri Michelson and Trudy Valandra.
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A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held at Rimrock Evangelical Free Church, Johnson Siding, on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 1:00pm.
Ron was not a suit and tie type of guy; the family encourages casual dress including "Papa Ron" plaid shirts and cargo shorts.
A memorial has been established by the family.
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American Beverage Licensees
Celebrate Package Liquor Store Month This November
7th Annual Celebration Recognizes the Role Independent Off-Premise Retailers Have in Job Creation, Product Accessibility and Responsible Policies
BETHESDA, MD – October 31, 2016 – This November, American Beverage Licensees (ABL) and licensed beverage alcohol retailers nationwide will join together to celebrate the 7th Annual Package Liquor Store Month.
During the month of November, which kicks off the busy holiday sales season for package stores, ABL is encouraging everyone to recognize the important and vital role that these small businesses play within their local communities. This month-long celebration highlights the hard work, accomplishments and contributions of independent package liquor store
owners from across the United States.
By investing in off-premise beverage licenses, which can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, package liquor stores owners are “buying-in” to their states’ three-tier alcohol systems; agreeing to operate under licensing rules implemented by public officials; and committing to the responsible sale of beverage alcohol.
Package store owners are leading by example when it comes to ensuring the proper sale of age-restricted products through specialized staff training; new product education and tastings; and by ensuring they remain accountable to industry regulators, while also helping to develop and shape industry-wide regulations and policies.
Across the country, off-premise beverage alcohol retailers also play an important and
dynamic role within the greater economy – both at the state and federal levels – with an
overall economic impact of $87.9 billion last year. These retailers further account for more
than 531,000 jobs and $33.12 billion in wages and benefits (averaging $39,800 annually) –
along with $6.22 billion in state taxes and $7.76 billion in federal taxes.
“Local, independently owned and operated off-premise retailers serve and invest in their
communities,” said ABL President Warren Scheidt, the owner of 12 package liquor stores in
central Indiana. “They are much more than just sellers of beer, wine and spirits – they also
sponsor youth athletics organizations, support various civic endeavors, and tend to be on the
frontlines of their communities after natural disasters and in other times of need.”
Celebrate Package Liquor Store Month This November
Some of the last independently-owned businesses on “Main Street,” beverage alcohol
retailers also serve as the face of the industry within the framework of the three-tier system.
These stores are where beverage brands are built and sustained by providing consumers
with an education about beer, wine and spirits from trusted experts. This includes knowing
where and how items are produced, as well as how best to enjoy and share them responsibly
with friends and family.
“As consumers continue to embrace new products and enjoy established brands,
independent package store owners create a marketplace that benefits the entire beverage
alcohol industry and the millions of consumers that enjoy its products,” said John Bodnovich,
ABL Executive Director. “Superior choice, great value and commitment to first-class
customer service make for better informed and more responsible consumers of beverage
This November, ABL encourages you to show your support for Package Liquor Store Month
by posting a picture of your favorite package liquor store to Facebook and/or Twitter using
the hashtag #PLSMonth. You can also download and share a number of promotional
materials from our website by clicking here.
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American Beverage Licensees is the preeminent national trade association for beverage alcohol retailers. Direct retail
beverage alcohol sales in the United States generate as many as 1.94 million well-paying jobs. ABL’s thousands of on-premise
and off-premise licensee members are independent and often family-owned establishments. The beverage retailing industry
pays over $25.3 billion in federal taxes and $18.36 billion in state and local taxes. To learn more about ABL, visit
Do you need a liquor license to open a businessin Pierre, SD? VFW Post #2038 of Pierre is selling their full and on-site liquor license.
Please call Glynis Collier the Quartermaster at:
Home: 605-224-9044 or Cell: 803-466-7031
Please leave a message with your name, phone number and the business you represent. Only serious inquires please.