Ronald C. Grimm, age 80, of Waconia, passed away April 26, 2020, in Mesa, AZ.
A memorial service will take place at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, at Zion Lutheran Church (121 Bluejay Ave. N.) in Mayer, with Rev. Adam Gless as officiant.
A gathering of family and friends will take place from 9 to 11 a.m., Friday at the church. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
Ronald Charles Grimm was born Jan. 9, 1940, in Waconia, MN, to Norman and Erma (Braun) Grimm. He was baptized Jan. 21, 1940, in the family home, and had confirmed his faith in the Lord April 11, 1954, at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer.
Ronnie was a life-long farmer and took great pride in the Grimm family farm. Even after semi-retiring to snowbird in Arizona, he always made sure he was home in time for spring fieldwork.
In high school, Ron loved football, track-and-field, and math class. He often made remarks to family and friends about being “the best.” He was known for his strong personality, extremely generous nature, and big smile; earning the nickname “Smiley” from his high school buddies.
Ron loved playing (and winning) cards, dominoes, dartball, and shuffleboard. When he wasn’t farming, he spent his free time traveling around the world and going to dances. He loved to play bingo at various casinos, and took a special interest in the lunch buffet.
He enjoyed fishing and often brought his nieces, nephews, and other family members with him.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Erma (Braun) Grimm; grandparents, George and Emma (Rebischke) Grimm, and Fredrich and Bertha (Lehrke) Braun; and goddaughter, Leasa Fruetel.
Ron is survived by his brothers, Eugene (Bonnie), and Joel (Barb); nephews, Brian (Shelly), Bruce (Kim), Brad (Sarah), and Jeff; nieces, Valerie, and Laura; special friend Pat Kroes; and grandnieces, grandnephews, other relatives, and many friends.
Arrangements are with Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, 952-442-2121, www.johnsonfh.com.