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Ronald Bengfort

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Ronald “Grog” Virgil Bengfort age 62 of Postville, IA, formerly of St. Lucas, died Tuesday, August 29, 2017, at his home of natural causes. A Funeral Mass will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in St. Lucas with Rev. Kyle Digmann celebrating the Mass. Inurnment will be held following the Mass at the church cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the church on Monday, September 4, 2017. Visitation will continue an hour prior to the Mass on Tuesday at the church. Ronald “Grog” Virgil Bengfort was born January 5, 1955 in West Union, Iowa, the son of Virgil and Linda (Wichman) Bengfort. He attended Turkey Valley Schools and was a 1973 graduate from Turkey Valley High School. It was in high school that Ronnie’s love for sports began. He was a remarkable athlete and excelled in football and basketball during his high school years. Outside of sports he enjoyed working on the farm. While in high school, Ronnie’s help was needed on the farm full time and he was ready to drop out of football, when his coach showed up on his door step begging him to stay on the team, which he did. Following high school, he began driving truck for multiple area trucking companies, Lowe’s, Lynch’s and Mihm’s. Ronnie always enjoyed driving truck. He later started to work at Agriprocessors in Postville. Working hard and never missing work were two very important qualities to Ronnie. Sports remained important to Ronnie. While living in Postville he followed all the local area sports teams. It didn’t matter if it was football, basketball or even soccer, Ronnie enjoyed following the teams. He always knew the stats of the players, and people often wondered how he could keep all those stats and players straight. Along with following local sports teams, Ronnie enjoyed going to the YMCA to exercise. Ronnie’s nieces and nephews were very important to him. He always kept in touch with them and followed their lives intently. Ronnie was also a huge Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes fan. Ronnie is survived by one brother, Darrell (Pat) Bengfort of Weldon Spring, MO; four sisters, Joan (Pete) Parker of Auburn, NE, Jean Czerny of Englewood, FL, Lois (Tom) Kuennen of Decorah, IA, Mary Kay (Ron Larson) Stee of New Hampton, IA; eleven nieces and nephews, Lisa (Noble) Scoville, Tim (Leah) Bengfort, Linda (Casey) Thurman, Jeff (Lisa Katherine) Parker, Jill (Ryan) Scanlon, Michele (Cliff) Davis, Daniele (Lewis) Taylor, Ted (Nicholle) Kuennen, Bobby (Ellie) Kuennen, Natasha (Kevin Schmitt) Rausch, Nathan (Sarah Leidahl) Stee; many great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one nephew, Steven Bengfort on February 4, 2001; two brother-in-laws, Larry Evans and Howard “Buckey” Czerny.

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  1. Our sincere sympathy and prayers to family and keeping memories close, you can find comfort and peace. God Bless,

  2. Ronnie(I could never call him Grog) was my best friend in grade school. We played ball together countless hours during recess at St Luke’s grade school. I remember him as the tallest boy in the class with the biggest heart. My condolences to the entire Bengfort family… Donny. Wurzer

  3. Ron was always so polite and nice to all, as well a an avid bicyclist. He always spoke to everyone, and I’ve never heard him raise his voice. Such a kind man. Mary Kay, you and the family of Ron have our deepest sympathy. Karen and Jerry Heins

  4. Uncle Ron – I will always remember your infectious laugh, your soft heart and how much you cared for everyone. May you dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

  5. Jeff, Kayla, Jordyn, Mackenzie & Jacob Parker purchased the Basket of Memories for the family of Ronald Bengfort.

  6. My deepest condolences to the Bengfort family on the loss of your brother. Grog was a year ahead of me in school and growing up near St. Lucas we all went to St. Luke’s grade school. He was always quiet and hanging out with the boys. But by the time we attended high school at TV he wasn’t as shy. I had a few classes with him through high school, enjoyed watching him participate in football and basketball, and he was always nice to me. Had some good times partying and having a few beers with him too. May your memories ease your pain during this difficult time. Mary Kay…the next time I see you, probably at the hospital, I’ll have a big HUG for you. Thoughts and prayers to all of you.

  7. We had a good visit with Ronald a few months ago, he always called us by name. I remember you kids growing up, Our sympathy to you all. Ken and Elaine (Korzendorfer) Wurzer


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