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Ronald Konoske

Jan. 23, 1947-Sept. 29, 2008

Ronald "Ron" Konoske, 61, of Pelican Rapids, died on Monday, September 29, 2008.

Ronald A. Konoske was born the son of Richard and Dorothy (Jackson) Konoske on Jan. 23, 1947 in Bemidi. He attended Carr Lake Country School, Lincoln Elementary School, Bemidji High School (Class of 1965), Oak Hills Bible College, and Northwest Technical College.

During his school years, Ron enjoyed working with his dad in carpentry, motorcycling and snowmobiling. On July 26, 1969, Ron married Delsie Thiessen in Warroad, Minn., at the Woodland Mennonite Church. Ron and Delsie lived in Minneapolis, Bemidji, Montevideo and Pelican Rapids.

Ron worked as a machine design draftsman at Donaldson Manufacturing Company, Bloomington (1969-74), sales associate at Bemidji Fleet Distributors, Bemidji (1974-77), hardware manager at Affiliated Home Center, Bemidji (1977-79), and manager at Affiliated Home Center, Montevideo (1979-80). In 1980, Ron and Delsie moved to Pelican Rapids, where he was manager of UBC (1980-86), a missionary at Camp JOY Bible Camp on Star Lake (1987-89), assembly production technician at Assembly Engineering (1989-2000), and school bus driver with Christianson Bus Company (1990-2000). In 2001, Ron retired due to health reasons.

Ron was a member of Pelican Rapids Baptist Church, where he served on the trustee board. He was also involved with Adventure Club and Youth Group.

Ron enjoyed photography, developing and printing pictures of country churches, old farmsteads, and flowers. He also photographed several weddings and graduation pictures for family and friends.

Gardening was another passion, especially growing squash and tomatoes. A pride and joy was the "Jack-in-the-Pulpit" that bloomed each year.

Ron's greatest joy was designing, building and flying model airplanes. He loved going to fun-flies and mall shows. At these meets he entered contests, won many trophies, caught up with old friends and met new ones and exchanged ideas and stories. In the last few years his interest turned toward model railroading. He spent many hours building and creating his train board.

Ron will be remembered for his sense of humor. He would often laugh and when you asked him about it, he'd say, "Oh, I just told myself a joke I hadn't heard before!"

His family lost a prayer warrior who was always there for them. Ron's strength was his faith in Jesus Christ as Savior.

Surviving Ron are his wife, Delsie; daughter, Andrea; brother, Herman; sister-in-law, Joyce; brother and sister-in-law, Art and Delsie; sister and brother-in-law, Lynda and David; Aunt Pearl; as well as nine nieces, a nephew, many cousins and friends.

Preceding Ron in death were his parents; a brother, Rich and two infant brothers; as well as his sister, Linda.

Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m., at Larson Funeral Home in Pelican Rapids. Visitation resumes one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Pelican Rapids Baptist Church, Pelican Rapids, with the Rev. Louie Suter officiating. Burial will be in Nary Cemetery, rural Bemidji.

Active pallbearers are Linelle Johnson, Richard Mitchell, Don Ronngren and the men of Pelican Rapids Baptist Church. Larson Funeral Home of Pelican Rapids is providing arrangements. An online guest book is available at