In Memory of

Ronald D. Ramthun

May 28, 1938 - October 18, 2020
From: Manson, IA

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.

10:30 a.m. - Wednesday
October 21, 2020
Immanuel Lutheran Church
East of Rockwell City, Iowa
**The Funeral Services will be live streamed
via Immanueltrinitylutheran FaceBook Page.
Pastor Chadric Dietrich
Adam Ramthun
Garrett Ramthun
Nate Ramthun
Brent Ramthun
Luke Ramthun
Houston Ramthun
Mike Cannioto
Dawson Marine
4:00 to 7:00 p.m. - Tuesday
October 20, 2020
Immanuel Lutheran Church
East of Rockwell City, Iowa
Organist - Rosella Simon
Greenfield Township Cemetery
Knierim, Iowa


Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 8:27 PM
“I was not able to go to Ron’s service, but watched in on the Facebook. What a nice service, he will be missed, sending prayers & sympathy ”
- Ronald Wetter

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 3:39 PM
“Ron was a great person to work with when he was on the COC at the FSA Office. Ron and Char always had a great sense of humor to matter where you ran into them. Keeping the family in our thoughts and prayers”
- Duffy & Marty Buttolph

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 11:04 PM
“I am grieved to learn that Ron has passed. He was more than a good teammate at Cedar Valley but he was a good friend. God bless.”
- Lamar Cope

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 10:59 PM
“All the. best to you, Mickey and Joyce, your parents will be missed but they had a wonderful life. Lamar

- Lamar Cope

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 9:49 PM
“I remember Ronnie and Charlene from the reunions we used to have. They were always fun to be around. They had such a good sense of humor. We are so sorry for your loss. God Bless you all!”
- Kristine CARLSON

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 9:33 PM
“So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Brad had breakfast with him on Saturday’s and Sunday’s at Cubbies all summer. He missed him for the past few weeks not knowing he was ill. We’ve really enjoyed him and will miss him.”
- Jan and Brad Wright

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 2:31 PM
“Our sympathies to the family. We spent many mornings with Ron @ Cubby's. He blessed us so many times with humor and an occasion scratch ticket. ”
- Beth and Mike Biedenfeld

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 10:15 AM
“Our prayers and deepest sympathy to the Ramthuns. ”
- Donald & Monica Masterson

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 8:56 AM
“Will always remember his lightheartedness, his smile and his laugh. At peace now.”
- Scott Fistler

Monday, October 19, 2020 at 8:16 PM
“Ronnie was a great guy with a wonderful sense of humor, strong work ethic and Christian faith. We have nothing but wonderful memories of Ronnie, Charlene and their great family! We were blessed to have known Ronnie.”
- Lynn & Carol Rosendahl

Monday, October 19, 2020 at 3:27 PM
“My deepest sympathies to the Ramthun family. Ron and I went to high school together and were best friends. Not only did we play sports together we spent many social hours together. Seems like we were always trying to get home before coaches curfew kicked in barreling down those gravel roads in his car before speed limits were imposed. I hadn't seen Ron for a couple of years but he never changed over all those years. Just the best person i have ever known. Duane and Carolyn Hartzler”
- Duane Hartzler

Monday, October 19, 2020 at 1:59 PM
“My sincere sympathy to Ronald's entire family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Wish I could be there in person. ”
- Glen Reynolds

Monday, October 19, 2020 at 1:59 PM
“I am so sorry for your family's loss. Ron was a wonderful guy! I got to know Ron very well when I moved to Des Moines and started going up every weekend to Rinard to visit my Grandpa Johnson. I think we ate lunch with Ron the majority of the Saturdays in Kneirim. I remember one time, Grandpa was telling him how I made a cherry pie for him and Ron asked if I could make a pecan pie. And when his Birthday came around, I brought him one! I think he only took a piece out though and gave the rest for Grandpa to eat! Lol I always enjoyed my time eating and hearing stories from both of them. Praying for comfort for all of you during this time! ”
- Andrea Johnson-Fee

Monday, October 19, 2020 at 11:55 AM
“I always enjoyed Char and Ron when we were members of Immanuel Lutheran. He had a wonderful smile and attitude. Our sympathy. Jane and Gerri McCurdy ”

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