Ronald U. Birnbaum, 63, Fargo, formerly of Browns Valley, MN, passed away at his home on Friday, February 15, 2013.

Ronald was born January 25, 1950 in River Falls, WI to Lawrence and Lorraine (Widhalm) Birnbaum.  In 1953 the family moved to Browns Valley, MN where he grew up.  He was a 1968 graduate from Browns Valley High School.  After graduation he enlisted in the Navy where he served in the Mediterranean, Spain, and the Middle East.  He retired from the Navy in 1991.  He returned to Browns Valley where he worked for the City of Browns Valley, later at a Sisseton convenience store and Maynards in Browns Valley.  He moved to Fargo in 2005 and he recently was living at Trollwood Village.

Ronald enjoyed playing cards, fishing, and dining out.  He was a longstanding member of the American Legion in Browns Valley.

He is survived by siblings, Kelan (Alison), South Shore, SD, Duane, Indianapolis, IN, Stephen Birnbaum, St. Louis Park, MN, Anthony (Ann) Birnbaum, Iowa City, IA, Joan Keener, Kasson, MN, Jerome (Brenda) Birnbaum, Richland, WA, Mary (Wayne) Koehl, Prescott, AZ, Larry (Wanda) Birnbaum, Duluth, MN, Patricia (Lance) Labun, Tempe, AZ; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Charlene Birnbaum.

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  1. We are sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. Our thoughts are with all Ron’s brothers and sisters as you gather together.

  2. River Falls WisconsinMy sympathy to all the family–had a photo Christmas card and was able to answer it so feel good that I did get a message to Ron. I’ll keep you all in prayer.

  3. Sun City ArizonaRest in peace Ron. It was nice to spend the time we had together. Sorry to the family for your loss. David

  4. FARGO ND
    A FINE FRIEND! WE ATE AT THE SAME TABLE AT THE SENIOR CENTER. RON WAS FULL OF STORIES OF FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND THE SERVICE. HE CLEANED HIS PLATE AS HE WAS TAUGHT IN THE NAVY. I AM PROUD TO HAVE MET AND KNOWN HIM. BLESS HIS MEMORIES! HENRY KUCERA

  5. River Falls WisconsinWe are sorry to hear of Ron’s death, and pray each of you is blessed with memories that will warm your hearts. Life passes much too quickly. Know that you are all being kept close in heart and prayer by Rosemary’s daughters, Jennifer and Becky

  6. Ron will be in our thoughts and prayers. We will also be thinking of all Ron’s siblings and hoping that they will recall and be comforted by some good memories of Ron.

  7. Ron was my boss at NAS Glenview IL from 1988-90. I can say that he was the best boss I’ve ever had, and THE expert disbursing clerk. People at the Navy Finance Center used to call him all of the time for advice. Ron treated everyone with respect and dignity. I wish that I had maintained contact with him through the years.He was unassuming, and the person we respected the most of anyone in the office.

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