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Willard A. Ronnenberg

Tue, Jul 24th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Willard A. Ronnenberg, 79, of Rushford died on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at Gundersen – Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wis.

Willard was born on November 25, 1932, in Rushford to Elmer and Ella (Wenzel) Ronnenberg. He was raised in Hart, Minn. where he attended Hart School. He served in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict. On September 3, 1955 he married Janet Hungerholt. Willard and Janet lived in Lewiston, Minn. where he worked on the Daley Farm. They moved back to Rushford. Willard then worked in construction in La Crosse and later ran his own construction business in Rushford. Willard enjoyed polka music, camping, fishing, hunting, crafts and woodworking. He originated the cancer crusade and was a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church, Rushford VFW and Rushford American Legion.

Willard is survived by his wife, Janet; five children: Sandy Ronnenberg of Rushford, Randy (Darla) Ronnenberg of Peterson, Minn., Tammy (Milo) Peterson of Rushford, Rollie Ronnenberg of Peterson and Jodi (Steve) Kingsley of Rushford; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two brothers: Elmer (Esther) Ronnenberg and Roger (Luanne) Ronnenberg both of Rushford; one sister: Betty Ann (Roger) Brand of Rochester; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mildred Erdmann.

The funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 26, at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Rushford with the Rev. Merlin Stephan officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Hoff Funeral and Cremation Service in Rushford and one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church.

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