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Obituary: Ronald Jerome Foss

Ronald Jerome Foss

Pequot Lakes

Ronald Jerome Foss, of Pequot Lakes, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at home, after battling cancer for 17 months.

He was the third of three sons born to Hildor and Gertrude (Molitor) Foss. Ron was born Dec. 29, 1946, at Abbot Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn. He went to Robbinsdale Elementary, St. Austin’s Grade School and De Lasalle High School. Graduating from St. John’s University in 1968 with a degree in economics, he was best known for his quick wit, storytelling, generosity, friendliness and his love of sports.

Ron was a good athlete growing up and loved baseball, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, water skiing, softball and golf. He was always an avid sports fan, watching golf, football, baseball and racing (especially NHRA). But he cheered the loudest for the Vikings and Twins.

He worked for 36 years as the advertising manager for the Lake Country Echo and Echoland Shopper, before which he worked as a commercial lending officer in Minneapolis, Minn., and Omaha, Neb. He retired in January 2012 and spent his time volunteering at Eagle View Elementary School.

He was an active member of the community, participating over the years in the Crosslake Volunteer Fire Department (12 years), the Crosslake Chamber of Commerce (president for two years), the Whitefish Chain Antique and Classic Wood Boat Rendezvous (every year since it started, except the year his daughter got married), the Whitefish Chain Yacht Club, the Whitefish Area Property Owners Association, the Ideal/Crosslake Scholarship Fund and the Fundraiser Committee for the back 9 at the Whitefish Golf Course.

Ron enjoyed spending as much time as he could outdoors, cutting firewood, relaxing at the lake out on the boat, playing sports, fishing, spending time with his wife and children, and chatting with his numerous friends and everyone in the community.

Ron is preceded in death by his parents, Hildor and Gertrude; and his brothers, Richard and Robert. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Debra; his daughter, Kara (Jason) Cross; and his son, Andrew.

Services were held last Saturday, at 1 p.m., Aug. 24, 2013, at Crosslake Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

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Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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