Ronald Schmolke, Sr., age 91, of Garrison, Minn. passed away on Friday, October 4, 2019 at Essentia Health – St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd, Minn.
Despite facing many life challenges, Ron loved the outdoors, including hunting, fishing, gardening and his dogs. In later years, he enjoyed spending time playing Bingo and especially loved a good game of Cribbage.
Ronald is survived by his wife of 70 years, Shirley; his brother, Robert (Madonna); sisters, Arlene Kuschel and Beverly Sorenson; seven living children: Loretta Rolf, Lorraine Schmolke, Rose (Richard) Zak, Nancy (Robert) Hoskins, Karen (Bruce) Sherwood, David Schmolke, Mark (Deb) Schmolke; and many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Ronald was preceded in death by his parents, Alexander Schmolke and Grace Smude; his son, Ronald Schmolke, Jr. and infant son, Robert.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at Holy Family Chapel Bulldog Lake, Hillman, Minn. at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to services. Burial will be in the Holy Family Church Cemetery with lunch following at the Activity Center.
Arrangements by Nelson-Doran Funeral Home, Brainerd, Minn.