Ronald Rich

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Ronald D. Rich, loving husband and father of four, passed away on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at the age of 78.

Ron was born October 26, 1942 in Minneapolis, MN to Harold and Norma (Hall) Rich. He attended and graduated school in LeRoy, MN and vocational school in Austin, MN. On January 6th, 1962, he married his high school sweetheart, Sharon (Lastine) and together they raised four children. He served in the U.S. Army from 1962-1964 and earned his pilot’s license while enlisted. He was a member of the American Legion and served on the LeRoy School Board.

Professionally, he was a businessman in the LeRoy MN/Chester IA area for many years owning the Travel Inn Supper Club, an aerial helicopter crop spraying business, an LP gas business, a grain elevator and finally running the largest truck stop in Chester until his retirement.

Personally, he had a passion for flying, both helicopters and airplanes, and even owned his own plane. He enjoyed fishing with his family in Lake of the Woods and gambling in Laughlin, Nevada with Sharon. After retirement, he enjoyed playing cards with friends and the local farmers.

Ron was preceded in death by his father Harold, mother Norma, eldest son Chuck, sister-in-law Sandy Lastine and brother-in-law Rusty Domino.

He is survived by his wife Sharon of 59 years; his children, Jean (John) Mason, John (Nicole) Rich, Nick (Laura) Rich; grandchildren, Chelsea, Sarah, Nyah, Mia, Hayley, Lili, and Jude; great grandchildren Dawson, Nora and Bennett; sister Diane Domino; brother-in-law Dennis Lastine and his dog, Snickers.

Memorial Services for Ron will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in LeRoy, MN with Father Marreddy Pothireddy officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, May 7 at the church in LeRoy. Masks are required and social distancing will be practiced.

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