Ronald Shodeen

Ronald Shodeen, age 77, a resident of Upsala, died Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at his home.

A funeral service was held Monday, June 5 at 2:00 p.m. at the Community Covenant Church in Upsala, with Pastor Rudy King officiating. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Ronald Elmer Shodeen was born Dec. 6, 1939, to Manfred and Lois (Stonewall) Shodeen. In 1958, Ronald graduated from Washburn High School in Minneapolis. He was united in marriage to Ruth Verkennis, Oct. 14, 1961, at St. Francis Catholic Church. The couple lived in Minneapolis before moving to Maple Grove in 1969. Ronald worked at the Local 292 IBEW Electrical Union for 40 years. In 2003, the couple moved to Upsala to enjoy their retirement. They have wintered in Lake Havasu, Ariz., for the last 15 years. Ronald loved riding motorcycle and bringing his dog Rocky on Razor rides. He also liked hunting and driving his 1951 Ford. Ron was a “Mr. Fix-it” and was always willing to lend a helping hand to his family, friends and neighbors. Ronald was a member of the National Rifle Association and the National Street Rod Association. He was in the Maple Grove Police Reserve for 15 years.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Ruth of Upsala; his son, Matthew Shodeen of Rice; daughters, Jeanne Olerud of Princeton and Amy (Christopher) Branca of Zimmerman; grandchildren, Ben Olerud, Katie Olerud, Chelsea Shodeen, Nick (Kristen) Shodeen and Chad Shodeen; great-grandchild, Sawyer Olerud; brothers, Duane (Molly) Shodeen of Oakdale and Larry (Chris) Shodeen of Burtrum.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Keith Shodeen.