Ronald Gerald Brottem, age 74, of Kingston, died Thursday, July 3, 2014, at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center.
Private family services will take place at a later date.
Ron was born Sept. 5, 1939, in Richmond, the son of John and Hazel (Martinson) Brottem. He grew up in Litchfield, and attended school there.
Ron enlisted in the US Navy in December of 1958, and served for 10 years.
He was married to Diane Genke in March of 1962, in Litchfield.
After serving in the Navy, Ron served in the US Air Force from 1967 until 1978 as a cartographer. He was stationed at Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, NE, and served in Vietnam from 1967 until 1971.
Following his military service, Ron worked for Peoples Natural Gas Company in Omaha, NE. He moved to southern California for a short time, before returning to Bellevue, NE.
Ron was married to Linda Carpenter in February of 1981.
In 2009, he moved to the Dassel area.
Ron was a member of the American Legion.
He enjoyed fishing and home remodeling, and was an avid Vikings fan.
Ron is survived by his children, Michael (and Mary) Brottem of Lawrenceville, GA, and Annette (and Dennis) Brottem-Lavallie of Omaha, NE; step-son Ric (and Lisa) Carpenter of Houston, TX; and grandchildren Ronnie, Brian, Kenny, Jessica, Jackson, and Lindsey.
He is further survived by a brother, Marc (and Carolyn) Brottem of Chisago City; sisters Marge (and Dave) Van Nurden of Litchfield, and Dalene (and Bob) Walsh of Dassel; and other relatives and friends.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents; wife Diane; and wife Linda.
Arrangements are being handled by Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home in Litchfield; online guestbook at www.johnsonhagglund.com.