Ronald Kjensmo


Ronald Duane Kjensmo, 58, of Bemidji, MN, lost his three year battle with cancer on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at the Sanford Fargo Medical Center in Fargo, ND.

Services will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, April 24, 2021 at the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji, MN. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji.

Ronald Duane Kjensmo was born on February 6, 1963 in Bagley, Minnesota to John and Pat (Toepper) Kjensmo. He was baptized at Samhold Lutheran Church in Gonvick and confirmed at Calvary Lutheran Church in Bemidji.  Ron graduated from Bemidji High School and received his Bachelor of Science Degree and Teaching Licensure from Bemidji State University, where he focused on journalism, speech, and drama.   Ron married Stephanie Dyslin in 1994 and they had one son together, Jesse James Kjensmo, born May 14, 1995 in Texas. Ron and Jesse later moved back to Bemidji where Ron had a long career teaching English and Journalism at Cass Lake - Bena High School. Ron enjoyed his students and loved working as an advisor to the students producing the Cass Lake - Bena High School paper.  Ron enjoyed going to movies with friends and co-workers and was a fan of all things Star Trek and Batman. He had a knack for magic tricks and enjoyed performing them for children. Ron was an animal lover and was a big fan of Cass Lake - Bena Panthers Basketball and the Minnesota Vikings. One of Ron’s favorite traditions was picking out the perfect Christmas tree every year with his son Jesse and setting it up at his mother’s (Pat) house and decorating it together.

He will be missed by his family, friends, co-workers, and students.

Ron is survived by his son Jesse, and mother Pat (Toepper) Kjensmo of Bemidji, his nephew Shawn Kjensmo of Georgia, and great nephews Shawn Ryan Kjensmo and Jaden Isaac Kjensmo of Florida, and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his older brother Senior Chief John Charles Kjensmo of Georgia, his father John Carl Kjensmo of Bemidji, and his grandparents Hartvig and Jessie Kjensmo of Gonvick.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the charity of your choice.

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