Ronald Lee Golombiecki, age 71 of Chokio, Minnesota, passed away Thursday, April 25, 2019, surrounded by his family on the farm.
Funeral Service for Ronald Lee Golombiecki will be Saturday May 4th, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Marys Catholic Church in Chokio, MN, visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
Ronald Lee Golombiecki was born in Graceville, MN, to Peter and Veronica (Ritter) Golombiecki on March 21st, 1948. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary’s Church in Chokio. Ron was raised on the family farm Northeast of Chokio and attended school in Chokio, MN, graduating in 1966. One of his fondest memories growing up was riding horse on the weekend. After High School Ron attended Alex tech for diesel mechanics graduating in 1968. After finishing his classes he enlisted in the Navy and served as a mechanic in the construction battalion while in Vietnam, 1969-70. After returning home he came back to the family farm where he continued working.
On October 29th, 1994, Ron married Julie Jennings. In 24 years of marriage they welcomed three children; Lester, Elizabeth, and William. Together they raised their children on the family’s dairy farm. Despite his efforts for his children to find jobs that would be easier physically and make them more money, the oldest two have returned home after finishing college to farm with their father. He spoke highly of the accomplishments each one of his children.
Those who knew Ron at any time during his life will never forget his sense of humor. He could crack a joke at any moment. Even when others may not know what to say he had an uncanny ability to get a smile out of you.
71 years wasn’t nearly enough for someone like Ron. He was so much larger than life that it didn’t seem possible he could ever go. Nevertheless, after a battle with pancreatic cancer Ron passed on April 25th, 2019 surrounded by his family on the farm. He’ll be greatly missed by his wife Julie, children Lester, Elizabeth, William, and countless family and friends. He made the most of his time here on earth caring for the land and teaching his children to do the same.