Ronald Allen Stroot “Ron/Ronnie”, 63, of Euclid, MN, passed away at his home on the farm on Tuesday morning, November 19, 2019, with his family right by his side. Ron was diagnosed with stage IV renal cell sarcoma on July 19, 2019, and the cancer had already metastasized into his liver and lungs upon discovery. Ron courageously fought a hard fight with the odds being against him the entire time, but somehow managed to stay positive and keep his humor through it all.
Ron was born on February 28, 1956, in Crookston, MN to Wanda (Wallace) and William “Bill” Stroot. He grew up in Euclid, MN never straying too far from the family farm. Ronnie was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Euclid. He attended Central High School in Crookston, MN and in later years, earned his GED. He was married to Donna Schulz on October 22, 1977, in Crookston, MN. Together they raised two children: Craig Allen and Erica Lynn. Ronnie began working for E.W. Wylie (later known as Transystems, LLC) in 1977 as a loader operator and enjoyed twenty-eight years with the company. While he was working for Transystems, Ron also farmed with his brother Duane Stroot from 1981-1988. He sure did love farming and everything that goes with it. He would proudly tell his grandchildren that he had dirt in his veins and to be careful because it was hereditary. Over the years he has helped his neighbors with farming, his son, Craig, on RCS Farms and just this last year his grandson, Castor. In 2005 Ronnie began work with Minn-Dak Asphalt, Inc. as a truck driver. He attempted retirement in 2015, but then decided to work again for a few more years beginning in 2016 at Fleet Distributing Supply in Crookston until October this year, due to his declining health. Ron didn’t always work though, he played a bit too. In his younger years you could always find him at a party, enjoying good beer and great company. He enjoyed being outdoors, hunting, gardening, and yardwork. He was a lifelong fan of the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. Ron loved to visit. Reminiscing and telling stories was one of his favorite pastimes. He absolutely loved going for drives around the countryside to see what the neighbors were up to and to check out all of the crops in the area. Family was more important to him than anything, even his extended family. He sure loved hosting family reunions on the farm and visiting with everyone. “Papa,” as the grandkids tenderly referred to him, loved to go to all of their school and extra-curricular activities. He rarely missed his grandson, Ethan’s, hockey games – even traveling to the out-of-town games to show his support as his number one fan. Watching his grandson, Castor, play the drums and guitar was always intriguing and exciting for him. In recent years, he’s especially enjoyed going to his granddaughter, Avery’s, dance recitals. Watching her dance put the twinkle in his eye. Ronnie was a very, very proud papa. Ron was a kind, generous and compassionate man. He always made time for others. He was down to earth, honest, and incredibly humble. He liked the simple life and he lived it his way. Ronnie was adored by all who knew him and will be remembered always. He will be missed immensely, and by many.
Ron is survived by his loving children, Craig (Leah) Stroot of Crookston, MN and Erica (Tyler) Janke of Thief River Falls, MN; his grandchildren, Ethan Stroot of Franklin, TN, Castor Stroot of Euclid, MN, and Avery Janke at home with her parents; his mother, Wanda Stroot of Crookston, MN; his siblings Diane (Keith) Dahlin of Euclid, MN, Betty Stroot, Duane (Rennae Ramsey) Stroot, and Maribeth (Doug “Carl”) Melbye, all of Crookston, MN; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Ron was preceded in death by his father, William Stroot; his maternal grandparents, Florence (Allen) and Earl Wallace; his paternal grandparents, Emma (Klos) and Frank Stroot; several aunts, uncles, and extended family members.
Memorial Service: 11:00 am on Tuesday, November 26, 2019, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Crookston, MN, with a visitation one hour before.