Ronald ‘Ron’ Thommes, 65

Ronald “Ron” Thommes, a resident of Royalton, passed away at his home Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, following a three-year journey with cancer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Buckman, MN, with Fr. Gerald Dalseth officiating.  Private burial will take place at a later date in the parish cemetery.

Ronald “Ron” Gene Thommes was born Sept. 19, 1946, in Little Falls, to John and Doloris (Hesch) Thommes. He grew up on a farm West of Buckman. He attended school in Pierz and graduated from Royalton High School, class of 1966. He was united in marriage to Judy Jendro. The couple had two children, Steve and Kellie and later divorced. Ron was then united in marriage to Jeanne (Gall) Erickson June 16, 1979, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell. They made their home in Sartell and later moved to their home in Bellevue Township near Royalton. Ron worked most of his life as a correctional counselor with the Minnesota Department of Corrections in St. Cloud from which he retired in 1999. Ron’s talents were many and included building projects to mechanics. His life revolved around the outdoors, especially fishing and any kind of hunting and his dogs. He grew up doing all these things and was passionate about passing on the traditions to his family and friends. Those are the times his family will remember and treasure forever. Ron was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Buckman and the Knights of Columbus. Ron took part in a TEC in his early 30s.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Jeanne of Royalton; children, Steve Thommes of St. Cloud and Kellie Thommes of Cumberland, Wis.; stepdaughters, Lynn Erickson of Alexandria and Lori (Eric) Metzger of Monticello; siblings, David Thommes of Pierz, Delroy (Mary Ella) Thommes of Royalton and Roger (Diane) Thommes of Fairbanks, Alaska and grandchildren, Marissa and Brittni Kreifels and Landon and Eva Metzger.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents, John and Doloris (Hesch) Thommes; sister, Jeanette Thommes.

Emblom-Brenny Funeral Home