Ronald Woodside, 1933-2019

Published 1:00 am Saturday, June 8, 2019

Memorial services for Ronald L. Woodside, 85, of Albert Lea will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. The Rev. Kent Otterman will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by local veterans organizations. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the service at the funeral home Monday. Online condolences are welcome at

Ronald Woodside

Ron died Thursday, June 6, 2019, at Good Samaritan Society of Albert Lea.

Ronald Luverne Woodside was born June 29, 1933, in Albert Lea, the son of Gerald and Evelyn (Anderson) Woodside. He graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1951. Ron went on to work at Wilson & Co. for a short time before joining the U.S. Army. 

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After his honorable discharge from the service, Ron married Patricia Prosser in Albert Lea. The couple moved to New Ulm for several years before returning to Albert Lea. Ron went back to work at Wilson & Co. as a professional boxer. The couple later divorced.

Ron then was married to Katherine Choronzy for 19 years. Ron enjoyed hunting, trapping and traveling the world. He loved attending his grandchildren’s ballgames and other events. He often went to garage sales and was a collector and seller of aluminum cans. Ron also raised pigeons, with several having been released at NFL games and at the World Trade Center. Ron was a member of the National Rifle Association, the Minnesota Trappers Association and Ducks Unlimited.

Ron is survived by his children Patrice (Kent) Hanson, Tom (Christina) Woodside, Jeff (Angie) Woodside and Jon (Kathleen) Woodside; stepchildren Cory (Jolene) Choronzy and Cliff (Kristin) Choronzy; grandchildren Megan Hanson, Kendra (Brad) Henningsen, Krysta Hanson, Zachary and Taylor Woodside, Matthew, Benjamin and Allison Neyers, Jill Woodside, Casey (Abby) Woodside and Tyler and Kayla Woodside; eight great-grandchildren; former wife, Patricia Lorenz; brother, Jack (Orlene) Woodside; nieces and nephews; and many friends he met throughout his life.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents Gerald and Evelyn; and second wife, Katherine.

His family wishes to thank the staff at Good Samaritan Society, the Hospice staff, the Veterans Administration Clinic and his home health care nurses. He appreciated all that they did for him, and so does his family.