Ronald E. Barrett

Thursday, July 30, 2009
Ronald E. Barrett

Ronald E. Barrett, 79, of Sioux Rapids, formerly of the Iowa Great Lakes area and Indianapolis, Ind., passed away Saturday, July 18, 2009, at St. Lukes Lutheran Home in Spencer.

A private family celebration of life service will be held Saturday, Aug. 1, at Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids.

Inurnment will be in the Memory Gardens Cemetery in Spirit Lake.

Cards may be sent to Brenda Barrett-Kuene, PO Box 151, Sioux Rapids, IA, 50585.

Ronald Eugene Barrett, the son of Burt and Bessie (Tow) Barrett, was born in Estherville, on Aug. 4, 1929. He lived his youth in Estherville and Graettinger where he began his education and he later moved to Superior where he was a graduate of the Superior High School. At the age of 17, Ron chose to serve his country in the armed forces, joining the United States Navy on Oct. 6,1948. He served during the Korean Conflict and received his honorable discharge on Sept. 13, 1952.

Ron was united in marriage to Shirley Nissen on Dec. 11,1954, in Lakefield Minn., and this couple was blessed with four children: Jeffrey, Brenda, Bruce and Brian. Following his marriage, he was employed with Consumer Lumber working in Arnolds Park and Superior. Ron then ventured out on his own and founded the Ron Barrett Landscaping and Sodding business in the Iowa Great Lakes area. Following his landscaping career, he was employed at McQuay Manufacturing in Spirit Lake, before moving to Tucson, Ariz. On Oct. 14, 1967, Ron was joined in marriage to Giacoma (Mina) Grassi Nelson in Mankato, Minn. Ron and Mina moved to Indianapolis , Ind., where Ron was a machinist as a punch press operator and later sought employment as an auto parts delivery man. Following Mina's death on Dec. 6, 2005, Ron returned to Iowa in the spring of 2006, to be closer to his daughter and family.

While residing in the Iowa Great Lakes area, Ron had served on the Arnolds Park Volunteer Fire Department and he was a lifelong member of the American Legion Post in Spirit Lake.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Dale Barrett; and a nephew: David Barrett.

Ron is survived by his family: Jeffrey Barrett of Knoxville, Brenda Barrett-Keune and her husband, Arden of Sioux Rapids, Bruce Barrett of West Warwick, R.I., and Brian Barrett of Mt. Zion, Ill.; six grandchildren;, two great grandchildren; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Matteo and Maria Zerulo of Bari, Italy, and Nino and Marilyn Cellamare of Marion.

The Sliefert Funeral Home in Sioux Rapids is in charge of arrangements.