Ronald Borkgren, 77, died Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at the Jones Regional Medical Center, following a sudden illness.

Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Saturday morning, March 7, 2020, at the Wayne Zion Lutheran Church, rural Monticello with interment in the Wayne Zion Cemetery, with military honors. Pastor Wade Reddy officiated at the services. Friends called from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday at the Wayne Zion Lutheran Church and again after 10 a.m. on Saturday. Goettsch Funeral Home took Ron and his family into their care. Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at

Surviving is his wife, Shirley; three daughters, Rhonda (Greg Boedker) Michels, Vicki (Eric) Starn and Marcy Borkgren all of Anamosa; four grandchildren, Hannah Michels, Dalton, Dakota and Dustin Starn; four siblings, Barb (Norman) Seeley, Shirley (Jim) Holtke, LeAndra (Mike) Strope, Marion, and Rob (Renee) Borkgren, Cedar Rapids. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Bill.

Ronald Carl Borkgren was born Oct. 5, 1942, at Geneseo, Ill. He was the son of Willard and Dorthea (Grothusen) Borkgren. Ron started school in Geneseo and graduated from the Anamosa Community Schools in 1960. He served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.

Ron married Shirley Steuri on July 25, 1964, at the United Methodist Church, Anamosa. He was employed at Pearson Grocery in Anamosa and later Iowa Manufacturing in Cedar Rapids. He was employed at Iowa Electric for 30 years retiring in 2000. In retirement, he worked at Lasso E Camper Sales and Arnold Motor Supply.

Ron was an avid ham radio operator. He enjoyed camping, playing golf at Wapsi Country Club, walking and drinking coffee with friends and woodworking. His favorite activity was spending time with his grandchildren.

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