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Published January 24, 2013, 12:00 AM

Ronald R. Schoenheit

Ronald R. Schoenheit, 63, resident of Frazee, MN, formerly of Fargo, ND, died Monday, January 21 surrounded by his family and under care of Hospice of Red River Valley.

Funeral services will be held Friday, January 25 at 11AM in Hope Lutheran Church-South Campus, Fargo, ND. Visitation will be Thursday from 4PM-6:30PM. A Prayer Service will take place at 5:30 PM with Holy Communion all at Furey Funeral Home, Frazee. Interment will take place in the spring at St. Peter’s Cemetery near Cavalier, ND.

Ronald R. Schoenheit

Ronald R. Schoenheit, 63, resident of Frazee, MN, formerly of Fargo, ND, died Monday, January 21 surrounded by his family and under care of Hospice of Red River Valley.

Funeral services will be held Friday, January 25 at 11AM in Hope Lutheran Church-South Campus, Fargo, ND. Visitation will be Thursday from 4PM-6:30PM. A Prayer Service will take place at 5:30 PM with Holy Communion all at Furey Funeral Home, Frazee. Interment will take place in the spring at St. Peter’s Cemetery near Cavalier, ND.

Ronald Rex Schoenheit was born February 17, 1949, in Drayton, ND to Otto and Wanda (Elke) Schoenheit. He was baptized at home on the family farm and attended school in Cavalier. From 1969-1972, Ron proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. Following his honorable discharge he moved to Rapid City, SD. He worked various jobs while living in Rapid City and then moved to Grand Forks, ND. Later, Ron moved to Fargo. Ron was united in marriage to Donna Malaski in 1981. Ron and Donna resided in Fargo where Ron was employed with Northern Pipe for 18 years as production supervisor. They were also foster parents to numerous children throughout the years, giving them guidance, advice and a warm place to call home. Donna passed away in 1996. In 2000, Ron started a new career with Hope Lutheran Church as a building engineer. Ron enjoyed sharing his many talents with Hope Lutheran where he was “jack of all trades”. On January 27, 2007, Ron was united in marriage to Maryann Antonsen-Tronnes. He retired from Hope Lutheran in 2011 due to health reasons. One of Ron’s wishes was to move back to the country. Ron and Maryann relocated to rural Frazee in 2011. Ron was in his element as he enjoyed going on drives around the countryside scouting for deer, turkeys and other wildlife. He was an excellent cook. Their home always had the “open door policy” welcoming all friends of their children. Ron loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Maryann of Frazee, children: Jeff (Linda) Engstrom of Moorhead, Steve (Joyce) Schmeichel of Coeur’d Alene, ID, Merrily (Scott) Brewer of Moorhead, Jamie (Rosie) Seefried of Fargo, Todd (Ruth) Tronnes of Palmer, AK, Tabetha Tronnes of Grand Forks and Thoore Munnell of Frazee. In addition, Ron is also survived by 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, and many foster children throughout the years whom Ron always considered part of his family. He is also survived by six sisters and five brothers: Robert (Elmyra) of Williston, ND, Arnold (Lenore) of West Allis, WI, Agnes Klindt of Walhalla, ND, Delbert (Jackie) of Harwood, ND, Marlene (Bill) Stremick of Cavalier, Phyllis (Duane) Reck of Grand Forks, Charlotte (Karl) Sodereberg of Ft. Myers, FL, Ruth Hall of Grand Forks, Howard of Fargo, Gilbert of Cavalier, ND, and Anna Mae (Dennis) Lammers of Sun City, AZ along with two brothers-in-law: David (Sandy) Antonsen, Duane Antonsen both of Vergas, MN and one sister-in-law: Elaine Antonsen of Lakeville, MN.

He is preceded in death by his parents, 1st wife Donna, two sisters: Alice Schoenheit and Rita Schoenheit and one brother-in-law: John Antonsen.

Furey Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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