Ronald Plath

ronald plath
Ever the optimist, gifted with a mischievous sense of humor and an enviable talent for napping anywhere, Ronald Plath passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at Bethany Retirement Living in Fargo. Ron was born on July 17, 1944 to Wilfred “Bill” and Agnes (Peck) Plath in Fargo, ND. Growing up on the family farm outside Davenport with sisters, Marion and Beryl, he developed a lifelong love of animals and farming. After attending and graduating from Casselton High School in 1962, he went on to attend NDSU to study animal science. There he joined the Sigma Chi Fraternity and it was during his time at college that he’d meet Grace Reger, a home economics student. They married July 29, 1967 St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Fargo. While still active in the Air National Guard, Ron accepted a position as a soil conservationist in Dickinson and the newlyweds moved. After almost a year and a half, Ron and Grace returned to Davenport to operate the family farm. Soon after welcoming daughter, Cathy and later son Brandon, Grace became ill. Ron, while both farming and raising cattle, would devote much of the rest of his life to her care. It was in this realm that his true compassion shined. The devotion to both his work and to the love of his family is truly his legacy. He is survived by his children, Catherine (Eric) Lee, Davenport, ND; Brandon (Tami Nelson) Plath, Denver, CO; grandson, Dexter Lee; sister, Beryl Rourke, St. Paul, MN; brothers-in-law, Frank Hodgman, Claremont, MN and Jan Peterson, West Yellowstone, MT; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Grace; and sister, Marion Peterson. There will be a visitation from 6-7:00 PM with a prayer service following at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo. The funeral service will be at 10:00 AM on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at the Mavis Whiting Chapel in Bethany Retirement Living, Fargo with a visitation one hour prior.

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  1. I am remembering visits to the farm where Ron would ask for technical support on computer hardware and software that belonged in the stone age. I would say – “Ron, please update your computer”. He would tell me that he would ‘do it and that would end the conversation until the next visit where we would do it all over again. Ron had the patience of Job!

    Mary and I envied Grace and Ron’s wonderful life on the farm. We always looked forward to the Agassiz Farm Association Christmas dinners which they so generously invited us to attend.

    Both were special friends and are truly missed.

  2. Our hearts are saddened by the loss of your Dad. May the peace which comes from the memories comfort you now and in the the days ahead. You will always be his “Princess”, Cathy!
    Love you, Luanne & Jeff

  3. Great collection of photographs! Love to see the resemblance of Ron and Dexter. Thinking about Cathy and family.

    Love,. Jodie

  4. I so wish I could be there with you all!!! I love you all very much. The video keepsake was wonderful. What a celebration of life!!
    Uncle Ron was a special guy, I will forever make 1 chocolate chip cookie out of each batch, with 1 chip in it. Just like I used to make when I visited. Hugs and prayers to you . Love you .
    Joan Peterson

  5. I extend my sympathy to Ron’s family. I knew Ron when he worked for the Soil Conservation Service in Dickinson, ND. We worked together for a short time before I went in the US Amy.
    God bless all of you.

  6. What beautiful photographs, it is evident that Ron was a role model husband and father. My most heartfelt condolences to to you all. It is so hard to loose a loved one whom was so special like Ron. In the bible God promises we will once again be reunited with our loved ones on a peacefull earth (John 5:28&29) hold on to that promise as soon it will come true and during this time you are not alone. Jehovah God is close to those whom are broken hearted (Psalms 34:18)I hope my words have been of comfort sincerely,

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