Ron Papesh, age 72 of Glenwood, Minnesota, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, MN.

Public visitation for Ron Papesh will be on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Starbuck Funeral Home in Starbuck, MN.

A private family funeral service for Ronald Charles Papesh will be held.  A private family burial will take place at a later date.

There will be a live stream of Ron’s service starting at 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.  To view the service on the Starbuck Funeral Home website, scroll to the bottom of Ron’s page and click the link.

To protect the health and safety of all, services are currently being limited as required by state and local authorities and the CDC. Expressions of sympathy during this time can be left on the condolences page available with the obituary on our website. We also encourage you to view the video tribute and/or webcast of the service that may be available. Check the funeral home website for the latest COVID-19 update.

Ronald Charles Papesh, son of Lawrence and Norma (Wiese) Papesh, was born March 21, 1948, in Tama, Iowa.  At a young age his family moved to Grove City, MN, where he attended grade school and graduated from Eden Valley High School in 1966.  Ron attended North Dakota State University on a football scholarship for one year.  In 1968, Ron was drafted to the United States Army, serving in Japan for a year and a half.  He was united in marriage to Sharilyn Jacobson on June 2, 1968, at Kongsvinger Lutheran Church near Donnelly, MN.  The couple made their home in Morris, MN, where they raised their three children, Mark, Christa and Paul.  Ron worked at Town and Country and Henry’s Candy Company.  In 1998, Ron and Sharilyn moved to Glenwood, MN, and Ron continued to work for Tastefully Simple until his retirement.  Following his retirement, Ron continued to live in Glenwood until the time of his death.

Ron loved everything about hunting and fishing.  Each year, he looked forward to taking a bus trip to the Minnesota State Fair and would never miss an opportunity to cheer on his children and grandchildren at all of their sporting events.  Family was so important to Ron. Every weekend there would be company at their lake home.  He would also check in by phone daily to all of his children.  In October, Ron and Sharilyn took their great-granddaughter Leenah to Mesa, AZ, to visit his sister. This was his first flight since his discharge from the service.

He is survived by his wife: Sharilyn of Glenwood, MN; three children: Mark (Carla) Papesh of Donnelly, MN, Christa (Jeff) Flaten of Hancock, MN, and Paul (Jessie) Papesh of Starbuck, MN; six grandchildren: Nickolas Papesh, Ryan (Megan) Flaten, Tara (Cole) Flaten, Randy Papesh, Brandon Schoen and Bailey Schoen; three great-grandchildren: Leenah, Gauge, and Zane; siblings: Linda Printup of Crystal Bay, Judy Wensmann of Mesa, AZ, Peggy Papesh of Cedar Rapids, IA, Steve Papesh of Oolitic, IN, Loretta (Brad) Sand of St. Cloud, MN, and Timm (Nita) Papesh of Clear Lake, MN; sisters-in-law: Peggy Jacobson of Springfield, MO, and Marlene (Jeanguy) Jacobson of Dakota Dunes, SD; brother-in-law: Wayne Jacobson of Donnelly, MN, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents: Frank and Linnie Papesh and Gustuv and Louise Wiese; sister: Lorna Papesh; brother: Jeff Papesh; and brothers-in-law: Gary Printup, Ken Wensmann, and Dennis Jacobson.

Starbuck Funeral Home in Starbuck is in charge of the arrangements for Ron.


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