October 29, 1938 – May 12, 2019
Age 80 of Forest Lake. Ronald William Engel formerly of Golden Valley MN passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Sunday, May 12 th at Cherrywood Pointe in Forest Lake. Ron was born in Spirit Lake, Iowa on October 29th, 1938 and was raised in Fredric, Wisconsin. He joined the Army after high school and served in Korea. Upon returning from the service he relocated to Minneapolis, MN. He worked at North Memorial Medical Center as an ambulance driver, making the first ambulance run for the hospital. He also worked
for DJ Kranz Construction ultimately making that his career for over 37 years. He met his wife, Mary Lu, at North Memorial and they were married September 14, 1968. Ron and Mary Lu lived in Golden Valley, MN for most of their lives raising their two sons, Michael and Timothy. A lover of the outdoors, he enjoyed spending his weekends fishing at his cabin on Long Trade lake in Wisconsin or deer hunting on his family’s land in Frederic or pheasant hunting in Wolsey, SD. He loved spending time with family and friends and was easily convinced that a trip to Grand Casino was in order or at the very minimum there was time for a game of cribbage. His humor, sincerity and kindness are traits that he was known for and
he was loved by many. Ron was proceeded in death by his Wife (Mary Lu), Father (Vern), Mother (Sybilla), Step-Mother (Gerelda), Brother (Ernie) and Step-Brothers (Jim and Richard Schumacher). Ron is survived by his sons Mike (Lori) and Tim (Betsy), 5 Grand Children (Adam, Tyler, Teegan, Jamie & Lucas) and his sister Sandra (Eddie) O’Donnell.
Our family would like to thank all our friends and family for their love and support as he went through the last stages of his life’s journey. We would especially like to recognize and thank the Fairview Hospice and Memory Care Teams at Cherrywood Point in Forest Lake, MN for their unbelievable love and care for Ron. A celebration of life will be held Friday, May 31 st at Palmer Lake VFW in Brooklyn Park, MN from 4pm – 7pm. Feel free to call the family for more details. In lieu of flowers, family would like memorials to go to Special Olympics MN or to the family where we are looking to establish a scholarship fund for the Rasmussen Hospice Nursing Program.