Ronald Koebke, 54, formerly of Spring Valley

Ronald Edwin Koebke, 54, of rural Bemidji, Minn., died on Monday, April 15, 2019, at his home.

He was born on Aug. 22, 1964, in Spring Valley, the son of John and Margaret (Affeldt) Koebke.

He was raised and educated there graduating from Spring Valley High School in 1982. He graduated from Itasca Community College in 1983.

He worked for the Minnesota Conservation Corps from 1983 to 1985.

He married Amy Elwood on March 16, 1996, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bemidji.

He worked for the Rochester DNR trails and waterways until he moved to Perham in 1993 where he worked for the Detroit Lakes DNR Fisheries. In 2000, he moved to Bemidji where he transferred to the Bemidji DNR fisheries and later to the Nevis and Bemidji DNR Trails and Parks. He also worked part time at Walmart from 2002 to 2006 and 2015 to 2018. 

He loved his church, Trinity Lutheran Church in Bemidji, where he served as an usher with his wife and children. He served eight years on the Sugar Bush Township board. He enjoyed every moment of trapping, hunting and fishing for over 40 years. He coached kids in curling and was an excellent support for 4-H by helping in the poultry barn and chaperoning the State Fair. He had a great sense of humor and cared for people and always wanted to help out. He enjoyed watching professional football, college basketball and any kind of hockey. He really enjoyed playing cards, cooking and watching John Wayne and war movies. He was able to go up to anyone and strike up a conversation. 

He is survived by his wife, Amy; son, Cole; daughter, Alyssa; mother, Margaret Bradbury of Rochester; brothers, Steve (Barb) Koebke of Spring Valley and Mike Koebke of Rapid City, S.D.; sister, LuAnn Therneau of Rochester and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father. 

Funeral services for him were held on Tuesday, April 23, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bemidji with the Rev. Robert Wentzel officiating. Interment followed at the Sugar Bush Cemetery in rural Bemidji.

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