Ronald J. McPhailRonald J. McPhail, 66, passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at his lake home in Cromwell, Minn., with his wife, Patti, at his side following a recent diagnosis of kidney, pancreatic and liver cancer.
Ronald J. McPhail
Ronald J. McPhail, 66, passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at his lake home in Cromwell, Minn., with his wife, Patti, at his side following a recent diagnosis of kidney, pancreatic and liver cancer.
Ron was born in Alexandria, Minn., on June 24, 1946, to James and Pearl (Viola) McPhail. He graduated from Jefferson High School in Alexandria and enlisted in the U.S. Army following graduation. He served four years and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a lifetime member of the VFW. Ron was part of the Thursday night group at the Duluth VA Center for years.
Ron was a member of Teamsters 346. He drove truck for 35-plus years, working over the road and for Transport Inc., Indianhead and Glacier Paving, retiring in 2006.
Ron loved the outdoors spending his time fishing, hunting, gardening and planting trees, and he enjoyed feeding and watching the birds. He was a member of the Iron Range Chapter Spearing/Angling Association. He was president of the Spearing/Angling Association Duluth Chapter for many years and was an avid fisherman known as “Big Crappie” to family and friends.
Ron was preceded in death by his father, James; his first wife, Susan; and his nephew, Adam Sordahl.
He is survived by his wife, Patti; stepchildren, Cari, Cassi, Cami, Jason and Tom; grandchildren, Kyler, Cooper, Mason, Colin and the “Twinks” Braelyn and Nolan; his mother, Pearl; brother, Gary (Carol); sisters, Cindy (John) Sordahl and Colleen (Bruce) LaCombe; and many nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind many extended family members and friends, including his buddy “Norma Jean” who was always by his side.
Special thanks to our friend Kay, Essentia Health Hospice Nursing and Dr. Daniel Palmquist.
No flowers please. Plant a tree or take a child fishing.
A Celebration of Ron’s Life will be held Saturday, June 29, at the Cromwell Community Center/Pavilion with visitation from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. service officiated by Pastor Lori Peters. A luncheon will follow the service, and military honors will be accorded. A private family burial will be held.
Arrangements provided by the Cremation Society of Minnesota.
June 27, 2013 ~ Pine Journal, Cloquet, Minn.