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Published December 10, 2012, 12:00 AM

Ronald Pederson

Ronald Pederson, 76, passed away Friday, December 7, 2012 at the Northwood Deaconess Health Center in Northwood, ND. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 2:00pm at the Northwood Evangelical Lutheran Church, Northwood, ND. A visitation will be held Monday, December 10, 2012 from 5:00 to 7:00pm with a 7:00pm prayer service at the Bilden Funeral Home, Northwood, ND.

Ronald Merle Pederson was born January 23, 1936 to Hjalmer and Ethel Pederson. He grew up in Hatton, North Dakota with his brother, Hjalmer, Jr. He was confirmed in the St. John Lutheran Church and graduated from Hatton High School as salutatorian in 1954. It was during his young life in Hatton that Ron developed two life-long passions: learning and basketball. Ron went on to study and play basketball at Mayville State College, where he graduated from in 1958. He married his high school sweetheart, Marilyn Meldahl at Beaver Creek Lutheran Church on July 13, 1958. Ron and Marilyn followed their passion for education and Ron’s passion for basketball to the Portland Public Schools in Portland, North Dakota, where Marilyn taught elementary school and Ron taught high school science and coached boys basketball. He loved teaching and coaching. Highlights of this time in his life were guiding one of his science students to the national science fair and talking his basketball team to the state tournament in 1961. Many of his students maintained a life long connection with Ron. He relished following the details of their lives and their many accomplishments.

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