Ronald E Rierson

Published 4:24 am Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Ronald E Rierson was born in Willmar, MN to Pearle C (PC) and Margaret (Anderson) Rierson on October 3, 1938. He was raised on the family farm in Kandiyohi, MN. Ron attended Whittier School in Kandiyohi and graduated from Willmar High School in 1956, where he played sports, but wrestling was his favorite.

He joined the Army in 1957 and was stationed in Fort Lee, Virginia. He continued to wrestle while in the Army. Upon discharge in 1959, he went back to Kandiyohi and helped on the farm. He and a group of friends eventually moved to Minneapolis. While living in Minneapolis he met his former wife, Shirley Hagen, a Registered Nurse from Albert Lea, MN, and they were married in 1961. In October 1962 he was hired by Beneficial Finance Corp and found his calling in Finance and Collections. He started a long career, eventually becoming a Branch Manager and moving to Albert Lea. He received the President’s Award 3 times and worked there for 21 years. In 1982 he became one of the owners of Pete Boys Bar in Albert Lea, until it was sold and he moved to Arizona. In 1987 he worked for First Financial Bank for 6 years as a Senior Account Rep in Arizona, then transferred to Lubbock, TX and then to Florida. He traveled all over Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, North and South Carolina and parts of Ohio and Virginia. He finished his career with Conseco Finance in Arizona, where he worked for 7 years until he retired in 2000.

Dad had a great sense of humor and loved to tease us all. He loved sports, especially baseball and basketball. He enjoyed going to the Elks or Moose Clubs and having a beer and dancing. He was very proud of and loved his grandchildren.

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At the age of 82 he discovered that he had a son that he did not know about, who was born in 1960. He was thrilled to learn of this, and was able to meet him on several occasions.

He is survived by his ex-wife, Shirley; four children, Diana (Scott) Shaw of Scottsdale, AZ; Elise (Bill Martin) Rierson of Phoenix, AZ; Eve ( Ray) Bladine of Arizona; and, Matt (Gail) Forbes of Napa, CA; in addition to 7 grandchildren, Vania (Justin Cueto) Kaysen, Shane (Sierra) Kaysen; Jared Allen, Josie Allen, Sydney Shaw, Stacy (Jeff) Forbes-Dale and Garrett Forbes; and also 6 great grandchildren. Also surviving are his siblings Marilyn (Ed) Rundell of St Peter, MN; Carolyn Leslie of Mesquite, NV; and his sister-in-law Sharron Rierson of Willmar, MN; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, PC and Margaret Rierson and his brother Clint Rierson.