December 09, 2023

Ron Dunphy


Ron Dunphy, 80, of Creston, died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023, at Greater Regional Health Center in Creston. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Creston. Fr. Patrick Amedaka and Fr. Vince Rosonke will officiate. Interment will be private. Open visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. with family receiving friends from 5-7 p.m., followed by a time for sharing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Powers Funeral Home in Creston.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Malachy School or the Sleep in Heavenly Peace project. Online condolences may be given at the tribute wall at

Ron was born in Creston to parents Gene and Naomi Dunphy. He graduated from Creston High School and studied at the University of Minnesota, the Benedictine College and Iowa State University. Ron married Dottie Sondgeroth. Together they had two sons, Todd and Tom. Ron dedicated his life to the farm and his family. He was a fourth-generation farmer for 51 years. Thanks to his tireless work, the family land continues to be farmed by Dunphy lineage into the fifth, sixth, and future generations.

Ron was passionate about education and ensuring a bright future for kids. He served on the board of education for Creston High School, St. Malachy and the Area Education Agency. He also served on the board of directors for Creston Lions Club, MACEP and the PFI Research Project. Ron was a place winner of the Master Corn & Soybean Contest multiple times. He was also the recipient of the Farm Conservation Legacy Award. Most notable of his achievements, Ron was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Ron is survived by his wife Dottie Dunphy, son Todd (Susan) Dunphy; daughter in-law, Dana Dunphy; sisters: Mary (Jerry) James and Sharon Soderberg (Tom Mullin); brother Tom (Charlene) Dunphy; grandchildren: Colton (Hillary), Amy, Austin, Brian and Henry Dunphy; great-grandchildren Holly and Brock Dunphy; countless nieces; nephews and cousins.

Ron is preceded in death by his parents and his son Tom.