October 16, 2018
- 4:00 PM
October 16, 2018
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Ronald L. Rustad, age 77, passed away peacefully on October 11, 2018 under the care of Ethos Hospice and surrounded by his loving family. Ron grew up and graduated from Hawley High School, where he excelled in several sports. He attended Concordia College on a football scholarship and graduated from Moorhead State University with a degree in elementary education.
He married his high school sweetheart Diane Bergan in 1961. They have 3 children, Mark (New Mexico), Sheila (Nevada), and Timothy (Lori) of Moorhead, MN, as well as their 3 grandchildren Nicole, Tyler, Mara, and great-granddaughters Charlee and Emma. Ron and Diane also feel blessed by their many lifelong friendships.
Ron began his teaching career in Canby, MN in 1964. He taught for 34 years in Moorhead (Probstfield and Edison Elementary Schools) before retiring in 1997. He enjoyed providing fun learning projects for his students, such as teaching them to weave on looms which he made for them. Ron also shared his love of the outdoors with students, developing the “Fin Fun” curriculum as part of a summer school enrichment program where students learned fishing skills and techniques. He and Diane continued to enjoy the company of other retired teachers and peers.
Ron was a very hard worker. In addition to teaching, he worked as a crop hail adjustor and part-time blackjack dealer. He was one of the first employees for charitable gaming in North Dakota, benefitting the Prairie Public Broadcasting System. Ron enjoyed weekly poker games with close friends throughout his retirement. Win or lose, he always looked forward to the next game with his buddies.
Ron also had many hobbies and talents. He was a self-taught guitar player and woodworker. He loved hunting, fishing and being outdoors – including time with the family pet Black Lab named Magic. A lifelong dream was realized in 1997 when the Lake Ida cabin was purchased. Ron spent several years remodeling it with help from his special buddy Orrin. He loved spending time at the Lake, always being the first to open in the spring and last to close up in the fall. Ron was the founding member of the Grumpy Old Men fishing club, which has continued the tradition of fishing together on opening week-end to its third generation. All the grandchildren and great-grandchildren were taught how to fish from the Lake Ida dock. It was a treat for family and friends to receive his perfectly deboned and filleted walleye or sunfish.
As a young family, many memories were made during camping adventures with a Chrysler station wagon and pop up camper. Ron and Diane enjoyed cruises as well as traveling throughout the US and European countries. In later years, they became snow birds, spending some winter months in a condo on the Gulf of Mexico Alabama shores where Ron spent many hours fishing on the beach. Throughout all the traveling, Lake Ida was always home.
Visitation and sharing of memories will be from 2:00 – 4:00pm, with service to begin at 4:00 pm at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Fargo on Tuesday October 16, 2018.