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Ronald Phillip Yearling, 68

Ronald Phillip Yearling, 68, of Port Hope Township, Tenstrike, died Saturday, March 22, 2008, at Neilson Place in Bemidji, Minnesota.

A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Blackduck with the Rev. Luis Buitron officiating. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., with a 7 p.m. prayer service, Sunday at the Cease Family Funeral Home in Blackduck. Burial will be in the Pine Ridge Cemetery in Turtle River at a later date.

He was born Feb. 29, 1940, to Claude and Martha (Saunders) Yearling in Chicago, Ill. He graduated from Hinsdale High School in Hinsdale, Ill., in 1958. He attended the Academy of Art School in Chicago from 1958-1959. He married Joan Marie Klinkner Oct. 2, 1960, in Westmont, Ill. He lived in the Chicago area for 36 years. He and his family then lived in Spencer, Iowa, for three years. He was a sanitary engineer in Illinois and Iowa for many years. In 1979, they moved to Tenstrike, where he purchased Pike Point Resort on Gull Lake. While operating the resort, he also drove Blackduck School Bus (No. 5) for 11 years full-time and approximately three to four years part-time. He always claimed he retired the day he purchased the resort, and was often heard over the years saying, "I love this place." He and his wife wintered at Citrus Park in Bonita Springs, Fla., for the last 15 years. He enjoyed fishing, collecting knives, and was an artist and classic car lover. He was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Blackduck and attended the St. Leo's Catholic Church in Bonita Springs. He was also a member of the Minnesota Resort Association, Congress of Minnesota Resorts, and the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society. He had been a fishing guide for the Minnesota Governors Fishing Opener in Bemidji, along with guiding children for the Take a Kid Fishing program.

He will be remembered for his ability to enjoy life to the fullest. He inspired those around him to relax and keep things simple. He thoroughly enjoyed food. He loved his numerous trips with his wife, especially those to Florida, Hawaii, Oregon and Germany. He was a skilled artist who painted more than 450 beautiful pictures since high school. He will be remembered by many resort guests for his humor, jokes, genuine sense of caring, guided fishing trips and especially his famous Wednesday night fish fry.

He loved to detail his cars and play in his garage. He loved fishing with his grandchildren; son-in-law, Philip; and best friends, Paul, Gary, Jim, Trent and Bruce.

He is survived by his wife of Tenstrike; sons, Dave (Karlynn) Yearling of Prior Lake, Minn., Chris (Julie) Yearling of Owatonna, Minn., and Heath (Jamie) Yearling of Bloomington, Minn.; daughters, Gina Kusper of North Riverside, Ill., and Angela (Philip) Bremer of Tenstrike; brother, Greg Yearling of Las Vegas, Nev.; 15 grandchildren; numerous cousins, nephews, nieces; many special friends; and resort guests.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family requests memorials to North Country Home Care & Hospice and/or Neilson Place of Bemidji.

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