March 25, 1939-Dec. 26, 2013
Ronald A. Guttormson, 74, of Borup, passed away at home on Thursday, December 26, 2013.
Ronnie was born to Elmer and Mabel (Ringstad) Guttormson on March 25, 1939 in Fargo. He grew up on the family farm near Georgetown, and attended school at Middleton Country School and Hendrum Public School before graduating from the Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston.
Ronnie then continued his education at Moorhead State University while farming with his father and brother, Roger, prior to farming on his own. He served in the Air National Guard.
On August 15, 1959, Ronnie married LeeAnn Sivertson at Kirkebo Lutheran Church in Perley. Together they lived and farmed in the Perley, Georgetown, Felton and Borup communities. He retired from farming in 2001.
LeeAnn and Ronnie spent 10 winters traveling and trap shooting in Las Vegas, Nev., and Phoenix and Tucson Ariz., where they met many new friends.
Ronnie enjoyed spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing and trap shooting. Over the years he mentored and instructed many through his involvement with the Red River Valley Sportsman's Club at Perley, Moorhead Rod & Gun Club and Clay County 4-H.
He was a proud and humble person who enjoyed doing things for others, not wanting to be publically recognized.
Surviving Ronnie are his four children, Kellee (Dan) Johnk of Sabin, Dean (Sue) Guttormson of Moorhead, Chad Guttormson of West Fargo, and Kari (Chris) Borgmann of Detroit Lakes; eight grandchildren, Karra (Travis) Sunde, Kamron Johnk and Kadin Johnk, all of Sabin, David (Jeanie) Mathisen of Moorhead, Kurt Guttormson of Moorhead, Shelbi Guttormson, Moorhead and Reece and Sidney Borgmann of Detroit Lakes; three great-grandchildren, Hallie and Harper Sunde and Lucas Mathisen; sister, Karen Dittberner of St. Joseph; brother, Terry (Judy) Guttormson of Hendrum; brother-in-law, Duane Durr of Fargo; sister-in-law, Lois (Buz) Ziegler of Georgetown; aunts-in-law, Evie Gilbertson of Ada, Marjorie Kroshus of Fargo and Irene Ingham of Santa Barbara, Calif.
Ronnie is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Preceding Ronnie in death were his wife, LeeAnn; granddaughter, Krista Johnk; parents, Elmer and Mabel Guttormson; brother, Roger Guttormson; father and mother-in-law, Sverre and Olive Sivertson; brother-in-law, Anthony DeMario; sister-in-law, Margaret Cleveland Durr; and nephews, Edward and Michael DeMario.
Memorials are preferred, to the Red River Valley Sportsman's Club in Perley or the Outdoor Adventures Foundation of Fargo, which is a non-profit foundation providing hunting and fishing adventures for children and young adults under the age of 25 with cancer or other life threatening illness, also providing adventures for combat disabled veterans under the age of 40 that are wheelchair bound or missing a limb due to active duty service.
Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at Wright Funeral Home in Moorhead.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Felton, with interment at Winchester Cemetery in Borup.
An online guestbook and video tribute are at www.wrightfuneral.com.