Ronald E. Andersen, 78, of Glendale, Ariz., died Monday, June 18, 2012, at the John C. Lincoln, North Mountain Hospital Phoenix, Ariz., following a lengthy battle with problems caused by prostate cancer.
He was born Feb. 3, 1934, in Le Mars, the son of Ole and Charlotte Andersen. He was raised and educated in the Le Mars area, and graduated from Le Mars High School in 1953.
He joined the U.S. Navy and served his country as a Machinist Mate 3rd Class on the U.S.S. KIDD, from October 1953 to December 1957.
In 1958, Ron Andersen was united in marriage with Geraldine Penning. Their journey together moved to Pickstown, S.D., in 1960 when Ron attained a government job with the Corps of Engineers. His career was with the federal government helping to develop the electrical power distribution system. Climbing the career ladder involved moving to many different states.
In 1995 Ron retired from the Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration as the Chief of the Power Supply System Dispatchers.
Ron enjoyed many years of golfing with family and friends after retirement.
Survivors include his four children, two sons and two daughters: Randall and his wife Cheryl, of Las Vegas, Nev., Rodney and his wife Lorna, of Phoenix, Ariz., Robbin McGarvy, of Pueblo, Colo., and Ramona Andersen, of Glendale, Ariz.; his five grandchildren: Corrine and her husband, Chris Reinhardt, Catherine and her husband, Russ Trujillo, Charles McGarvy, Colton McGarvy, all of Pueblo, Colo., and Nathan Andersen, of Phoenix, Ariz.; his six great-grandchildren: Micah, Elexys Jharen, Kyla, Conner, and Bryson, all of Pueblo, Colo.; his siblings: Russell Andersen and wife Marie, of Paullina, Bob Andersen and wife Darlene, of Sioux City, Florence Grosenhieder and Estella Herman, both of Le Mars, and Richard and Ginger Andersen, of Burnsville, Minn.; many brothers and sisters-in-law, his brothers-In-law: Ronald Penning and his wife, Diane, of Tucson, Ariz., Kenneth Penning and his wife, Pat, of Omaha, Neb., Gordon Criswell and his wife, Shirley, of Le Mars, and Robert Burkard; sisters-in-law: Marilyn Champion of Lake View, and Muriel Penning; and many nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Geraldine; his siblings: Helen Harms, Marlene Criswell, Hazel Johnson, Jerry Andersen; many brothers and sisters-in-law: brothers-In-law: Willard Herman, Virgil Johnson, Lowell Penning in infancy, Dennis Penning, Lloyd Penning, Martin Champion, Maurice Harms, and William Grosenheider; sisters-in-law: Lois Burkard, and Darlene Penning; and many nephews and nieces.
Memorial services will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 30, at Chapel of the Chimes in Glendale. Interment will be in Resthaven Park Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary in Glendale, Ariz.