Ronald Wendroth of Watkins died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at the Hilltop Health Care Center in Watkins. He was 83.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Church of God in Eden Valley. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church. Interment will be in the Fort Ripley Veteran’s Cemetery Friday, Nov. 1.
Ronald Russell Wendroth was born April 23, 1930, near Eden Valley to Elmer and Esther (Coulter) Wendroth. He grew up on the home farm and attended country school. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War with the 179th Tank Company of the 45th Division from May 1952 to August 1953. After his service he returned to the family farm and farmed for about four years. He went to work at Cold Spring Granite. June 2, 1954, he was united in marriage to Margaret Helen Sullivan at the St. Peter’s Rectory in Eden
Valley. In the early 1960s, they moved off the homestead but remained near Eden Valley until they moved to Grove City in 1994 when Ronald retired from Cold Spring Granite. They moved to Litchfield and lived there for about four years before returning to Grove City. Ronald also worked for Fingerhut for eight years in security. He was a life member of the VFW and American Legion. He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and snowmobiling. Ron also loved spending time with his family and friends.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents; brother Donald; and four nieces Yvonne, Gayle, Dawn and Esther.
He is survived by his wife Margaret Wendroth of Watkins; children Julann (and Roger) Mitteness of Benson, Joy Rotert (and fiancé Kevin Kocmich) of Litchfield, and Jim (and Roseann) Wendroth of Eden Valley; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers Wilmer (and Rose) Wendroth of Cross Lake, Leland Wendroth (and friend Edie) of Richmond, sisters Beulah Goering of Albert Lea, and Ruby Wendroth of Spicer.