Ronald Lorenz Vollrath, age 75, of Delano, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016.
Ronald was born Feb. 15, 1940, in Corcoran Township, the son of Lorenz and Lorena (Strehler) Vollrath.
Ron was half-owner and operator of LSV Metals Inc., and also a member of the Sheet Metal Worker’s LOCAL #10.
He served his country as a proud Army veteran, serving six months active duty, and four-and-one-half years in the Reserves.
Ron had three main loves during his life, and one of them was hunting and shooting. He had many hunting adventures with his cousin and hunting partner, Loren Kohnen, traveling the world two and one-half times over, and visiting four continents. The result of these trips included taking four sheep species on the North American continent, and eight other sheep from around the world; those 12 different sheep form the Ovis Slam. The taking of 12 species of goats from around the world is called the Capra Slam. With the taking of these 24 sheep and goats, Ron was awarded with the World Slam.
He was a Minnesota Firearms Safety instructor from 1975 until 2015, director of the Wild Sheep Midwest Chapter, director of the Elk River Sportsman’s Club, and enjoyed shooting trap at multiple gun clubs.
One of Ron’s other passions was his family. He had a close relationship with his brothers, who would meet for supper weekly, continuing the family tradition their mother had started years ago. He loved being with extended family, and never forgot a name or place.
Ron was a loving father to his children and grandchildren, showing them the meaning of being kind and generous to others. Even in his last days, he was still teaching his children about life.
Ron’s greatest love was the love he had for his Lord. He was a devout Christian, and acted on his faith in many ways, including serving his church by singing in the choir, being an usher, and also a trustee.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Lorenz and Lorena; and step-father, Jerome Georges.
He is survived by his brothers, Jerald (Peggy) and Darven; children, Brent (Kristin), Barry, and Bethany (Bradley) Marquardt; grandchildren Reed, Grant and Elise Marquardt; significant other, Phyllis; cousin and hunting partner, Loren Kohnen; and many other relatives and friends.
A memorial service took place Saturday, Jan. 16 at 11 a.m. at King of Grace Lutheran Church in Golden Valley, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.
There was also visitation Friday, Jan. 15 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel in St. Michael, which handled the funeral arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to West Lutheran High School.