Herbert Andrew Ronn, Jr

Herbert Andrew Ronn, Jr passed away on February 16, 2021 in St George, Utah. He was born on October 27, 1925 in Superior, Wisconsin to Merry and Herbert Ronn, Sr.

Herb was raised in Superior and served in WWII as an aviation radioman in the Navy, flying rescue missions in the Pacific on a PBY Catalina. After discharge, Herb worked for the Wisconsin Telephone Company as a lineman, transferred to Southern California in 1952, and retired from Pac Bell in 1982 as a district manager. His work included four years in New York City for AT&T, commuting from Madison, New Jersey.

Herb married his childhood sweetheart, Helen Nelson, in 1952 and they had four children.

After retirement in 1982, Herb and Helen moved to Grass Valley, California. There he served as a docent at the Empire Mine for many years, conducting tours in costume and character as the mine’s owner. He was an avid and skilled golfer, only stopping play at age 92 when he could no longer drive a car. Herb and Helen enjoyed square dancing and travelled widely throughout the world. Herb read daily and helped establish two libraries at his retirement villages. He continued to travel internationally until shortly before his passing. Herb was a member of the Masonic Order and served as Master of Elysian Lodge #418. He also was an active member of the Lutheran Churches of the communities where he lived and enjoyed his service as a deacon.

Herb is survived by his children: daughter Susan and son-in-law Bernard – Wanaka, New Zealand; daughter Cindy and son-in-law Jeff – Ivins, Utah; daughter Paula – Mira Loma, California; son Jeff and daughter-in-law Cory – Bend, Oregon. He is also survived by grandson Justin and wife, Erin, and granddaughter Malorie, as well as great-grandson, Korver.

Herb was preceded in death by his father in 1978 and his mother in 1987. Helen, his beloved wife of 48 years, died in 2000. In 2005, Herb married Barbara of Grass Valley who passed away only a few years later.

Herb’s family and friends will remember him for his joyous love of life and adventurous spirit.

Herb’s ashes will rest in Grass Valley at St Paul Cemetery.

Special thanks go to Sterling Court Assisted Living, Applegate HomeCare & Hospice and Seasons Healthcare & Rehab for taking such good care of Herb.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S. Bluff St., St. George, Utah. Friends and family are invited to sign his online guestbook at www.spilsburymortuary.com.




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7 Responses

  1. ❤️ We loved Herb! When he moved away from Lake Wildwood and then Grass Valley, we missed him so much. My mother Joy Congdon as well as my family, were friends with Herb. He was a wonderful man! He talked about his children a lot. ❤️ Rest in Peace Herb.

  2. My husband, Jack, and I were friends of Herb, Helen, and Barbara for a long time. Miss Herbs laughter and stories he would tell. He was a special friend who loved life and his family! Lots of good memories. Rest In Peace, Herb. ❤️

  3. We feel so blessed to have known this special man, Herb Ronn. We believe it was his philosophy to keep moving ahead and making the most of each day. His enthusiasm for life was contagious. To be in Herb’s company was a pleasure and so entertaining. The sadness we feel is real and also makes us smile, as he would want us too. To hope that we could learn anything from knowing Herb is to be kind, positive, giving, and express thoughtfulness. Herb Ronn was one of a kind. To the family, we feel so sad for your loss. It is a loss for us all.

    Arlene and Ken Siprelle
    Grass Valley, CA

  4. You could tell that Herb had a joyous love of life by that wonderful smile he always greeted you with. The world has lost a truly good person. I’m so fortunate to have known him in church, working with Dale at Gateway Park, and enjoying a meal at Joy’s.

  5. Bob and Marilyn Karbowski says: Just heard about our good friend Herbs passing into the good life. He was my golf buddy, and we always joked about me beating him one day but he always said he would be 106 before I came close. That was his joking ,happy go lucky friend we will remember. To his family, we are so sorry for your loss of a great father and fiend.

  6. This, today, was a minor miracle.
    This is from Herb and Dinnie (Nelson) Martinson. Your mom and Din’s dad (Roy Nelson) were brother and sister.
    Let me start with our sincere condolences to each of you 4 children.
    You were all a big part of our early married life in southern California. We first met up with your family in Hacienda Heights, CA in June of 1964. The 4 of you, Susie, Cindy, Paula and Jeff were there the day we arrived from Wisconsin. We later visited your family in Madison NJ and even later I visited the family in Orange County CA. I have stories to tell about your parents and how important they were to our early married life. We saw them as surrogate parents and let me make this perfectly clear, we would not have survived this period of our lives in California without them and the family. That means the 4 of you too.
    Now what did I mean by my first sentence with the word miracle. Here is what happened. Over the past 20 years or so that we have tried to located the Ronn family via the internet. We were aware long after the fact of your mom’s passing through Superior sources. Today, April 22, 2021 I goggled Herbert Ronn in Grass Valley CA. Up popped the obituary. The picture was the give away. Not much different than 50 years ago.
    Now where do we go from here? Our sincere hope is that at least one of you will recall us. It has been 57 years since this all started. Even I do not recall all of the details. However I’d like to try to share some of the details of how important all of you were to us .
    I am going to write here that I ask Spilsbury to release my email address if any of you request it. Then please contact us if you are so moved.
    Love to hear from all of you. But it just takes one to get started. If my email address is not visible, please contact the mortuary for the information.

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