Ronald Lee Ries was born on March 3, 1960, in Tyler, Minnesota to Herluf and Marian (Christensen) Ries. He was baptized and confirmed at Danebod Lutheran Church. He attended school in Tyler and graduated from Tyler High School in 1978. In 1982, he graduated from Sioux Falls College (University of Sioux Falls) with a degree in elementary education. Ron spent 37 years teaching school. During his time in education he also was involved in coaching basketball and golf and enjoyed his many associations with colleagues and students. Ron passed away on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, at the age of 60 years, one month, and 12 days. Due to the current guidelines issued by the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health, Ron’s memorial service will be held a later date. Please return as information will be posted here as soon as it becomes available.
Some of the things he enjoyed doing were playing golf, tennis, collecting, especially vintage radios and TVs, listening to music, playing trivia games, and all kinds of nostalgia, especially about classic TV shows from the 50s through the 70s. For many years Ron enjoyed being involved in the annual Tyler Lions Club plays. He was a member of First English Lutheran Church in Tyler, The Northland Antique Radio Club, and the Tyler Lions Club. Ron was thankful for having a good life, and for all the fun times with friends and family and through his various hobbies and activities. He was especially grateful for the many gestures of kindness and support. He asks that any memorials be donated to the ALS Association, Sunrise Manor Nursing Home, The Rock Youth Center, or the Tyler Hospice.
He is survived by his three brothers and one sister, Donald of Tyler, Minnesota, Terry of Pueblo West, Colorado, Linda of Canton, South Dakota, and Warren of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.