Ronald Leroy Bigelow, 79, Minot, formerly of Makoti, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at his farm near Makoti.
Ronald was born March 2, 1933, at Makoti, the son of John and Nyda (Aamot) Bigelow. He was raised and educated at Makoti and graduated from Makoti High School in 1951. He enlisted in the Army on May 7, 1953, and honorably served his country until April 27, 1955. While serving his country in Germany, he met his future bride and love of his life for 58 years.
Ronald was united in marriage to Maria O. Bischof on Dec. 23, 1955, at Makoti. He attended North Dakota State University at Fargo from 1957 to 1958. Their first home was in Donnybrook where Ronald worked for Ray McGuire as a mechanic. They next moved to the Makoti area where he started farming and ranching. In 1961 Ronald and Maria moved to the current Bigelow farm approximately two miles north and two miles east of Makoti. During their time at the farm they raised three children and spent much time farming and ranching, which was Ronald's passion. Ronald worked for Uncle Donald (McGuire) as a carpenter, building homes in the area in between farming and ranching. In 1997 they left the farm and moved to Minot. Ronald's passion for farming and ranching drew Ronald back to the farm almost daily after they moved to Minot.
Ronald was a former member of the Makoti Methodist Church and Hope Lutheran Church, where he served on the church council. He was a past treasurer of the Orlien Township for 10 years. He was a lifetime member of the William Hanson American Legion Post #230, Veterans of Foreign War, Disabled American Veterans, the Moose Lodge, and is a current member of Our Redeemer's Lutheran Brethren Church, in Minot.
Ronald was proud of all his children and their successes. Ronald loved, and was loved back, by all his children, his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren.
His loving family includes: his wife, Maria; children, Nancy (Curt) Latendresse, Minot, LaDonna (Whitford) Dwyer, Bismarck, and Steve (Deann) Bigelow, Makoti; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Ronald was preceded in death by his parents and his grandparents.
Funeral service: Monday, Feb. 18, 11 a.m., in Our Redeemer's Lutheran Brethren Church, Minot.
Interment: Tuesday, 11 a.m., at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, south of Mandan.
Public family service: Sunday, 5:30 p.m., in Our Redeemer's Church, Minot.
Visitation: Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).