Ronald O. Straight, 86, passed away Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, at Lake Winona Manor, Winona, Minn., surrounded by his wife and family.
Born July 4, 1932, to Orville and Lilah (Seielstad) Straight at Grandview Hospital in La Crosse. Ron married the love of his life, Betty Ann Dobrunz, Oct. 25, 1958, and they started their married lives in Dresbach and later Dakota, Minn. Together they had three children, Cheryl, Randall and Peggy.
Ron had several occupations, including owning his own dump truck, factory worker, truck driver, school bus driver and welder, but his passion was farming. Ron began farming as a teenager, working for farmers in the Melrose-Mindoro area. Ron and Betty Ann purchased their first dairy farm near Nodine, Minn., and later purchased a farm near Richland Center, Wis.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, in 1953-1955. Ron earned sharp shooter status and received the National Defense Service Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal Germany. He was stationed in the medical corp at Furth, Germany. A lifetime member of the VFW, Ron was Post Commander and All-State Commander for Richland Center, VFW Post 2267. He was also a member of the Gittens-Leidel American Legion Post 595, La Crescent, Minn. He was honored to participate in the September 2016, Freedom Honor Flight out of La Crosse. After retiring from the farm, Ron and Betty Ann moved to Reedsburg, Wis., where he was elected a 2nd District Alderperson for Reedsburg. Ron enjoyed hunting and fishing, bingo, family and friends, as well as the Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins, traveling and country music.
Ron is survived by his wife, Betty Ann; his children, Cheryl Straight La Crescent, Randall (Susun Haugen) Rushford, Minn., and Peggy (Alan) Scafe Mondovi, Wis.; grandchildren, Nick Straight, Bart Greiner, Mike Straight, Drew Straight, Lacy Larson and Jenna Valentin-Straight; great-grandchildren, Tyson, Brogan, Blake, Jace, Colton and another expected in March; two stepgrandchildren; and four stepgreat-grandchildren. Ron is also survived by his stepfather, Clayton Mosher; sisters, Carolyn (Gerald) Hafner, Ellen (Dan) Kinne and Sharon (Ken) Reynolds; and brother, David (Mary Jo) Mosher; brothers-in-law, Ray (Mary Ann) Dobrunz and Steven (Lynn) Dobrunz; and sisters-in-law, Carol (Pat) Papenfuss and Shirley Nagel; many nieces and nephews and friends. Ron was preceded in death by his parents; mother and father-in-law; brother, Gerald Straight; sister, Judith Straight and an infant sister, Deborah Mosher.
Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 24, at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Nodine. Pastor Dennis Harbach officiated. Burial with military honors was at the church cemetery. Friends called at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral & Cremation Services of La Crescent, 111 S. Oak St, La Crescent. After committal, a light meal was served at St. John’s school.
The family would like to thank the staff at Lake Winona Manor for their care. Online guestbook is available at www.schumacher-kish.com.