Ronald Harris PeabodyRonald Harris Peabody, age 74, of Princeton passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2009, at his home.
Ronald Harris Peabody
Ronald Harris Peabody, age 74, of Princeton passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2009, at his home.
He was born on November 6, 1934 in Grand Forks ND, a son of the late Henry Harris and Mildred (Hobbs) Peabody. Ron married Geraldine Dwelle on June 26, 1954 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Grand Forks. Ron proudly served his country in the US Army National Guard Medical Detachment 231 Engineer Battalion from December 16, 1954 to May 31, 1956.
Ron moved his family around in their early married years, all of the moves were job related. He was a detail design engineer for K.B. McKichon & Associates in Grand Forks. He then worked for North Central Engineers in Jamestown. His next moves were to Best Wall Certainteed, Georgia Pacific as a system engineer in Denver, a sales representative for Georgia Pacific in Rapid City, SD, sales director for Georgia Pacific in Madison, WI. Ron started a lumber business in Minot, ND, and came to Princeton to start the Princeton Lumber Co where he was the President. In Princeton he operated Sunstone Solar, and in 1983 he purchased East End Liquor. Due to health issues Ron sold the liquor and video business. He started his own home design business called the Drawing Board where he was active up to his death.
In his early years he was involved in bowling and was the Executive Secretary of the North Dakota Bowling Association and North Dakota State Director to the American Bowling Congress. In Janesville, Ron was the Scout Master for the Boy Scouts and active in AAU swimming. He was the past President of the Princeton Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Princeton Lion’s Club. Ron was a licensed lay reader at Grace Episcopal Church in Jamestown, ND. He was a member and served on many committees of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Ripon. He enjoyed watching the Green Bay Packers, University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux Hockey and the Wisconsin Badgers. Some of his favorite past times were golfing, bingo, spending time with his family and always had a good joke.
Ron is survived by his wife of 54 years, Geri Peabody of Princeton; 4 children, Mark (Dianne) Peabody of Rockford, IL, Randy (Laurie) Peabody of Waukesha, Rolland (Gerrilynn) Peabody of Ripon, Ronda (Jim) Krystofiak of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; 6 grandchildren, Alexis and Gwendlynn Peabody, Ryan and Riley Peabody, Christopher and Mary Krystofiak; step grandchild Amber Josi; brother, Robert (Jeanine) Peabody of East Grand Forks, MN; brother-in-law Dr. James (Margorie) Leigh of Grand Forks, ND; special friends, Dick (Kathy) Lovegren of Los Angeles, CA, Joanne (Al) Meisner of Grand Forks; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was also preceded in death by his sister Denise Leigh.
A Rite of Christian Burial for Ron Peabody will take place on Friday, May 8, at 10:30 a.m., with visitation one hour prior to the service, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Ripon with Fr. Thomas McAlpine officiating.
Relatives and friends may call on Thursday, May 7, from 4-7 p.m., at the Wachholz and Sons Funeral Home in Princeton.
Burial will follow the service at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Princeton.
Wachholz and Sons Funeral Home in Princeton Serving the Family 920-295-6631 www.wachholzandsons.com