Ronald Edward Vadnais was taken from his winter home in Bermuda Palms, Earp, Calif., to his heavenly home on Dec. 13, 2012, after a long courageous battle with cancer. Ron was born May 16, 1937 to Clarence and Lucille Vadnais in St. Paul, Minn., where he attended Cathedral High School and worked at the St. Paul Hotel. At the age of 18 he began working at Webb Publishing in St. Paul and remained there until his early retirement, at age 55, due to a back disability. In 1986 he met and married Beverley Ann Parchem Dertinger and had 26 wonderful years together. They lived in Fridley, Minn., and after his retirement moved to their retirement home on Star Lake near Dent and then to Perham and last to Garrison, Minn., to be nearer to the family and his beloved Milacs Lake. He was a gentle man who loved family, fishing, the Minnesota Twins and the Vikings. He helped start the first responders at Star Lake and did Meals on Wheels in Perham. He was the first one there if anyone needed help. Ron was loved by everyone who knew him, for his compassion, wit, humor and positive attitude.
Ron is survived and sadly missed by his wife, Beverley Ann; children and stepchildren, Debra (Les) Fiskewold, Blaine, Minn., Jerry, Hudson, Wis., Daniel (Cherri) St. Paul, Ronda (Pat Hammes) Moline, Houlton, Wis., Jimmy (Michele), Mahtomedi, Minn., Eddie, St. Paul, Michael (Laumette) Dertinger, Tomball, Texas, Wanda (David) Dallahan, Minneapolis, William (Cheryl) Dertinger, Zimmerman, Minn., Marc (Valerie) Dertinger, Flower Mound, Texas, Marty (Lynn) Dertinger, Becker, Minn., brothers, Robert, Detroit Lakes, Minn., Jerry (Darlene) San Benito, Texas and Richard, Flourisant, Colo.; sisters, Lois Wylie, Little Canada, Minn. and Pat (John) Neuner, Detroit Lakes; mother-in-law, Susan Reuther, Perham; sisters-in-law, Joan Guck, Perham and Sandra Krekelberg, Elk River, Minn.; 27 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Preceding Ron in death are his parents; his son, Terri; and his great-granddaughter, Dahlia.
A service was held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Parker, Ariz. and a memorial celebration of life was held at Bermuda Palms in Earp. Final services will be held in the spring at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Garrison, Minn.