In Loving Memory of Ronald D. Amundson
January 23, 1933 - November 17, 2020
Ronald David Amundson was born in Crookston, MN to Oscar and Anna (Johnson) Amundson. Ron resourcefully earned money when young and later worked with his parents in their Bemidji restaurant. Ron was led to a personal relationship with Jesus, after years of debate with his close friend, Rueben Brooks. Ron graduated from Bemidji High School in 1950 and Oak Hills Bible Institute in 1954.
June 20, 1954, Ron married the love of his life, Donna Hall. He worked at Bemidji Boat Company, earned his Master Electrician license, was an electrician at Nu-Ply, and co-founded Suburban Electric. He began working for Lakehead Pipeline in 1968, eventually becoming Station Manager in Clearbrook. At age fifty-five he retired and enjoyed spending the next five years with his wife, Donna.
Family memories include enjoying building igloos and ice-rinks, ice-skating on lakes, sledding, sleigh rides in sleighs Ron built, canoeing in a canoe he built, horseback riding, fishing, berry picking, gardening, swimming, camping and traveling and exploring in forty-two states and Canada, investing in and playing music together (Ron played the flute and piccolo), and an extensive library of books.
He served as an interim pastor, also as director and in other capacities for Continental Missions. Ron and Donna worked many summers at Midway Bible Camp in northern Manitoba, which Ron recalled as his most fulfilling days. In recent years, Ron was appreciated as “jack-of-all-trades” at the Ponemah Wah-Bun Chapel.
Ron was strong, independent and determined, adventurous and daring, inventive, always hard-working and up for a challenge. He enjoyed a lifetime love of reading and studying the Bible. Ronald is survived by his children; Deborah (Duane) Tollefson of Parkers Prairie, MN, Phillip Amundson of Meadowlands, MN, Rebecca (David) Pedersen of Denton, TX and Miriam (DuWayne) Heppner of Warroad, MN; 24 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren; his sisters, JoAn (Carl) Fetty of OR, Judy (Alan) Borror of Hanford, CA, and six nephews and nieces. Ron was predeceased by his loving wife of forty years, Donna; parents, Oscar and Anna Amundson of Bemidji, MN; and brother, Orville Amundson, of Washington, DC. Memorials may be given to: CIM - Ponemah via http://centerforindianministries.org/
Pending Memorial Service, July 24, 2021
Oak Hills Bible College, Bemidji, MN