Ronald Kneeskern

Ronald Dwight Kneeskern, age 79, of Austin, died Friday, March 18, 2005, at Austin Medical Center.

Ronald Dwight Kneeskern was born on Sept. 15, 1925, in Austin to Dwight and Florence (Runner) Kneeskern. He graduated from Austin High School and worked as an electrician at Hormel Foods. On Jan. 18, 1947, he married Rose Wytaske in Austin, where they have continued to live. Ronald was a member of First United Methodist Church, American Legion Post 91 and VFW Post 1216. He was active in the Audubon Society, in the study of ornithology and "birding." He enjoyed restoring native prairie and building bird houses.

Surviving are his wife Rose of Austin, Minn.; daughter Elizabeth "Beth" Shade, New Hope, Minn.; four grandchildren, Carolyn (David) Lechko, Emily Shade, Allison Shade, Joseph Shade; brother, Kenneth (Lois) Kneeskern, Austin, Minn; nieces; nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Roger; and grandson, Roger.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2005, at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Patricia Toschak officiating. Interment will be at Rose Creek Enterprise Cemetery, rural Austin. Friends may call at the church one hour before the service. American Legion Post 91 and VFW Post 1216 are in charge of military rites. Worlein Funeral Home of Austin is in charge of the arrangements.

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 Web master's Notes: Ronald Dwight Kneeskern, SoM3c, service number 757 80 56, was received aboard the USS Sigsbee DD-502, July 7, 1945 at Pearl Harbor TH, from Receiving Station #128 for duty.  He served on the USS Sigsbee DD-502 8 months and 18 days.  Ronald was transferred March 25, 1946 to Receiving Station Charleston, SC for further transfer to Seperation Center Minneapolis, MN for discharge. Our thoughts and Prayers go out for Ronald's  family and friends.