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Ronald Stearns

Sept. 22, 1946-June 18, 2008

Ronald R. Stearns, 61, of Rochert, died at his home on Wednesday, June 18, 2008, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Ronald Ray Stearns was born to John and Violet (Mathewson) Stearns on Sept. 22, 1946 in Detroit Lakes. He was raised and attended District 40 country school in Rochert and graduated from Frazee High School in 1964. Ron attended Moorhead State University before entering the United States Navy in 1966. He served on the U.S.S. Picuda.

Following his honorable discharge in 1969, Ron returned to Rochert and worked for American Crystal Sugar in Moorhead, as an electrician. He married Shelly Gisi on April 24, 1971 at the Pinewood Chapel near Rochert. Ron owned and operated Erie Electric with Pete Olson. He then worked for Mark's Electric in Detroit Lakes and later for Minnesota State Community & Technical College-Detroit Lakes, as the building and grounds supervisor.

Ron enjoyed many things, especially any kind of hunting -- deer, ducks, elk, pheasant, goose -- and he would travel to Wyoming, North and South Dakota. Ron also enjoyed fishing salmon in Lake Michigan, cooking for family and friends, playing the guitar and golfing.

Ron was a licensed pilot and an auxiliary policeman in Detroit Lakes. He was a member of the Shrine Club, Mount Tabor No. 106 Masonic Lodge, and the Eagles in Detroit Lakes.

Ron is survived by his wife, Shelly Stearns of Rochert; son, Andy Stearns of Detroit Lakes; daughter, Katie Stearns of Rochert; one brother, Bruce Stearns of Detroit Lakes; three sisters, Charlotte (Eddie) Enger of Rochert, Janet Bunn of Detroit Lakes and Susie (Mike) Ashmore of Detroit Lakes. His parents preceded him in death.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, June 20 with a Masonic Memorial Service beginning at 7 p.m. in the David-Donehower Funeral home in Detroit Lakes, continuing for one hour prior to Saturday's service at the funeral home.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, June 21, at the David-Donehower Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jim Erb officiating. Interment will be in the Senjen Cemetery, Rochert.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is serving the family.