There will be a public visitation for Ron Papesh, of Glenwood, on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, from 4-6 p.m. at the Starbuck Funeral Home in Starbuck. A private family funeral service 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. 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, the son of Lawrence and Norma (Wiese) Papesh, was born on March 21, 1948, in Tama, Iowa. At a young age his family moved to Grove City, 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. The couple made their home in Morris 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 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, Ariz., to visit his sister. This was his first flight since his discharge from the service.

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