RONDESTVEDT, BERNARD JOHNGraveside services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 19, 2012 at South Park Cemetery for Bernard John Rondestvedt age 70, also called John or Ron by many, passed on to be with His Heavenly Father, October 13, 2012 at his home in Roswell, NM. He was born June 6, 1942 in Cooperstown, North Dakota to Bernard John Rondestvedt and Henrietta R. Sykes. Later Bernard married Virginia Mae Everson and Bernard and Virginia were parents to the raising of John, as he was called growing up in and around Dazey, North Dakota.
Ron grew up working with his dad Bernard in the Dazey garage where he learned to work hard and how to fix things. Some of his fondest memories as a kid was the many family get togethers and going to the creek on the Everson farm. He loved to reminisce about the fun he and his uncles, cousins and friends had playing around Dazey.
He attended various schools in North Dakota. He joined The United States Air Force in July, 1960 and served in the 366th OMS TAC in Chaumont AF, France and Sculthrope AFB, England. He was an Aircraft Maintenance Tech on F84F and B66B. In 1964 his Tactical Wing was transferred to Holloman AFB, New Mexico.
While stationed at Holloman AFB he met and married Rhoda Dee Thompson of Alamogordo, NM on July 26,1964. Together they had three sons, Timothy Dean born June 16,1966, Shon Dixon born May 17,1968 and Zachary Edwin born May 5,1982.
After discharge from the Air Force Ron continued his education at the Jetma Engineering Institute in Dallas, Texas. Here he learned to become a machinist and tool and dye maker. In 1971 Ron took employment in the Denver, Colorado area. He worked for Ball Aerospace and became supervisor of the machine shop. Two of his many achievements while at Ball Aerospace was his part in building several of the space telescopes that have been launched by NASA. He received a medallion from Astronauts John Young and Bob Crippen for appreciation of his contribution in building the actuators in the cargo bay of the Space Shuttle Columbia the First Manned Orbital Flight. Ron also invented and received patents for various shock absorbent mounting arrangements for disk drives and other components when he worked in the disk drive industry.
In May 1993 Ron opened his own machine shop Cam Tech Machine and Tool. It was here that he was able to train all three of his sons in the machinist field.
In 2003 Ron retired and moved to Amarillo, Texas where he and Rhoda studied the Hebrew roots of the Christian faith at Mayim Hayim Hebraic Learning Center. Here Ron became quite the student of Hebrew and the Bible from the Hebrew writings. Ron served others in their study of the Hebrew roots of the Bible by burning DVDs, CDs or securing printed material for them. He loved to help others search the scriptures. He also attended Beod Moed Hebraic Learning Center in Roswell, NM
In 2009 Ron and Rhoda moved to Roswell to help in the care of his motherinlaw, Lois Thompson until her passing.
Ron loved camping, fishing and boating with his boys and grandchildren. He enjoyed gardening and could make the best salsa. He could make and fix just about anything you need. He loved to take long rambling road trips just to go see what you could see. The highlight for Ron, this summer, was when all his brothers traveled from North Dakota to Roswell to celebrate his 70 birthday with him. Ron was very excited that he was soon to have his first Great Granddaughter, Charley, by Ronee and Tyler Smith of Loveland, CO
Ron is survived by his wife Rhoda of Roswell, NM, sons Timothy Dean Rondestvedt and wife Becky and Shon Dixon Rondestvedt and wife Carolina of Houston, TX . Zachary Edwin Rondestvedt and wife Lynn of Loveland CO. Granddaughters, Ronee, Malaya, Joey, Jaden, Avonlea, Amity and Grandsons Ethan and Garry. Brothers Rocky Rondestvedt and wife Charlene of Lisbon, ND, Tim Rondestvedt and wife Patti of Spiritwood, ND, Roger Rondestvedt and wife Cathy of Hannaford, ND. Numerous cousins, nieces nephews, aunts and uncles as well as numerous friends.
Ron was preceded in death by his Grand Parents, John and Minnie Rondestvedt, Edwin and Sylvia Everson. Parents Bernard and Virginia Rondestvedt. Sister, Penny Dahl. Various aunts, uncles and cousins.
Valley City High School friend Sorry to hear of his passing.
sharon guertin augerclermont, FL
A good man. My honor to know him.
Robin ElrodLongmont, CO
Rhonda and family,
We are very sorry for your loss. Ron will be greatly missed. I am so sorry we could not be there but our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
Crystal and Paul McMullenRyan, IA
We have very hearts today as the loss of our special brother Ron is being laid to rest today. We send our sincere thoughts and Hugs to all the families at this most difficult time. Ron was an Amazing Brother and a Great Friend whom we will miss dearly. love Tim and Patti
tim and patti rondestvedtspiritwood, ND
We are thinking of you during this difficult time. The memorial video is beautiful and brought back some great memories. Sending love and hugs your way
Farrah Scott SaxbergCooperstown, ND
Dear Rhoda family,
we are so sad to have Bernard John leave this world he will be missed by many friends and family. Norbert had the privilege of knowing him as a child.also working in his dads garage with him in
Dazey. We all called him Little Johnny Because of number of Johns in our family.He will enjoy his new home in Heaven
Norb Bev. TombargeKalispell, MT
Your impression on my life will last forever, thanks and peace and a blessing to you. Love Archie and Lisa Hunnicutt.
Elder Archie HunnicuttAmarillo, TX
Our thoughts are with you Love and miss you all
Kelly ThompsonHoltRapid City, SD
Dear Rhoda Family. My thoughts are with you Always remember Ron as such a wonderful person May God be with you yourre family
Pat J Sunding AndersonHuron, SD
He will be missed god bless you all.
Warren and Jackie Coates, IA
Rhoda and family....so sorry to hear of Johns Ron passing. He was my best friend in our little boy to teenage years and a good one at that....I know you will miss him and I also know you will remember him eveyday
Dale LauschTucson, AZ
Our love and sympathy. Ron was a special man who loved and followed our Messiah.
David and Pam BellAmarillo, TX
Rhoda, Dean, Shon, Zach Family,
We will miss Uncle John So Very Much. He had a Great sense of humor like Grandpa did and could always light up a room. We miss all of you and are Very Sorry we cant make it down to be with you at this difficult time. Our thoughts prayers are with you All
Jen Laudie SchladerVerona, ND
We will miss Uncle Ron. His smile and sense of humor would light up the room. Sending our love and prayers to the entire family. We love you and miss you all very much.
Jimmy, Rhonda, Forrest and JordanPace, FL