Manson – Ronald D. Ramthun 82, passed away Sunday, October 18, 2020 at Trinity Regional Medical Center, Fort Dodge. Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, east of Rockwell City, with Pastor Chadric Dietrich officiating. Burial will be at Greenfield Township Cemetery, Knierim. Visitation will be 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, east of Rockwell City. The Funeral Service will be live streamed via Immanueltrinitylutheran FaceBook Page. Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family. Palmer & Swank Funeral Home, Rockwell City is serving the family.
Ronald is survived by his children, David (Brenda) Ramthun of Aurora, CO, Dan Ramthun of Ames, Dennis (Linda) Ramthun of Manson, and Denise (Doug) Marine of Knierim; 14 grandchildren, Garrett (Amanda) Ramthun, Mike (Melissa) Cannioto, Melanie Cannioto, Nathan Ramthun, Brent Ramthun (Jenny Ricket), Luke Ramthun, Amber Ramthun (Kevin Orr), Adam (Sarah) Ramthun, Morgan (Matt) Johnson, Houston Ramthun (Autumn Seiler), Hunter Ramthun (Mark George), Delaney Marine, Dailyn Marine and Dawson Marine; 10 great-grandchildren; brother Gary (Cindy) Ramthun of Thornton, CO; sister Colleen DeLanoit of Indianola; step-sister Ella Marie (Phil) Fistler of Rockwell City; and many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Charlene (Zehr); his great-grandson Nolan Ramthun; his parents, Carl and Frances (Ramussen) Ramthun-Pritchard; and stepfather Lester Pritchard.
Ronald Dean Ramthun was born May 28, 1938 at Fort Dodge, Iowa. Ronald lived most of his childhood in Richards, Iowa and on a farm south of Knierim, Iowa. He went to country school in the Rasmuson field for one year, then to Somers for grade school. His junior high years were spent at the parochial school at Immanuel Lutheran Church east of Rockwell City and back to Somers for 9th, 10th & 11th grades. He was in the first class to graduate from Cedar Valley in 1957. On July 31, 1958, he was united in marriage to Charlene Zehr. They spent 52 years together raising their family until Charlene's death on December 15, 2010. In their early married years, Ronald worked at the Moline Turkey Farm, for George Zinnel, Northern Propane Gas Company, East 66 Service and at Walnut Grove Feed Company, before moving to the Zehr Family Farm where he began farming in 1969. Since he never officially retired from farming, he farmed for 51 years. He began Ramthun Trucking, Inc. in 1982 and ran that company for 36 years, and along with his farming operations. Ronald enjoyed baseball, John Wayne and watching his children and grandchildren play sports and other activities. Ronald had a deep love for his family and was a friend to everyone he met. He was a very proud dad. He was also a very proud grandpa and his grandkids were his pride and joy. He was a generous man and was always willing to give a helping hand to anyone who needed it and several stories have been told of when he was in school, how he always made sure no one would bully the little kids. It was important to him to teach his children and grandchildren to put God first in everything and then any troubles would eventually work out.