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1932 Ronald 2016

Ronald F. Drenkow

May 3, 1932 — April 17, 2016


May 3, 1932
Melvin, Iowa

April 17, 2016
Sheldon, Iowa

11:00 A.M. Saturday, April 23, 2016
St. Paul Lutheran Church; Sheldon, Iowa
Rev. Craig Nissen Officiating

Visitation will be after 4 P.M. on Friday, April 22, 2016
with family present from 5 7 P.M.
at the St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Sheldon, Iowa.

I Was There To Hear Your Borning Cry
Sung by: Clint Badberg
Video What A Day That Will Be Jim Hill

How Great Thou Art
Because He Lives
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
Organist: Carleen Kehrberg
Pianist: Arlyce Oosterhuis

Jared Drenkow Tyler & Elise Drenkow
Shea Drenkow Alex Drenkow
Leanna Drenkow

Marlin Oosterhuis Bill Kehrberg
Grant Vande Brake Abe Van Dyke
Paul Wollmuth Larry Baldwin
Keith Rolston

Private Family Graveside
East Lawn Cemetery
Sheldon, Iowa

Military Rights Presented By:
McGlothlen-Cowie American Legion Post #145 of Sheldon

After Rons celebration of life, relatives and friends are invited
to join the family in the fellowship hall of the church.

Arrangements are under the care of the
Vander Ploeg Funeral Home; Sheldon, Iowa.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to:
Love Inc.
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Camp

Ronald Fred Drenkow, the son of Fred and Lenora (Hartwig) Drenkow, was born May 3, 1932, at Melvin, Iowa. He was baptized and confirmed at the American Lutheran Church in Melvin, Iowa. He spent his childhood years on a farm near Melvin. He attended country school near Melvin and graduated from Melvin High School in 1950. He served his country in the U.S. Army for two years. After the service, he attended Wartburg College at Waverly, Iowa. On June 28, 1960, Ron was united in marriage to Gladys DeBoer at Bethel Reformed Church in rural Ellsworth, Minnesota. After their marriage the couple lived at Melvin for one year before moving to Sheldon. Two sons, Daniel and Steven, were born to this union. Ron worked at Miller John Deere Implement in Melvin, Huff John Deere Implement in Sheldon and Al Duis Ford in Sheldon before obtaining the Chrysler-Plymouth franchises. He later added the Dodge, Jeep, and Ford franchises.
Throughout his life, Ron served on many various committees with Chrysler and its dealers. Also, he served on many local community boards and committees. He served on the Sheldon City Council, Mayor of Sheldon, and on the County Board of Supervisors. Ron was honored to receive Sheldon Man of the year award (Hank Award) 1998.
Ron was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheldon where he taught Sunday School, worked with the youth groups, and served on the church council and various committees. He was a supporter of Ingham, Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp. In his free time, Ron enjoyed bowling, golf, and boating. His real joy in life came from spending time with his family especially at Lake Okoboji for the last 15 years.
Ron passed away on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at Sanford Senior Care in Sheldon, reaching the age of 83 years, 11 months and 14 days.
He is survived by his wife, Gladys; son, Daniel (Lisa) from Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Steven (Sheila) from Sheldon; grandchildren, Jared, Shea, Leanna, Tyler (Elise) and Alex; siblings-in-law, Shirley Drenkow, Jeanette Popkes, Ed & Faye DeBoer and Orville & Joyce DeBoer; and nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Lenora Drenkow; his brothers, Donald and Marvin; father and mother-in-law, Otto and Martha DeBoer; brother-in-law, Lammert Popkes; and sisters-in-law, Shirley DeBoer and Darlene Drenkow.
Rons Philosophy:

I expect to pass though this world but once.

Any good, there that I can do or any

Kindness that I can show to my fellow creatures,

let me not defer nor neglect it for I

shall not pass this way again

Author Unknown

When you give yourself to something,

It becomes part of you.

So do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10
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