Ronald Marean Preskey, 86, Minot and formerly of rural Glenburn, died Feb. 4, 2019, in a Minot assisted living facility.
Ronald Preskey was born Nov. 25, 1932, in Minot to Leo and Neva (Marean) Preskey. He was raised in rural Glenburn and educated at Glenburn High School. He graduated with honors as valedictorian in 1950. His mother, Neva (1924), himself (1950), his son Mitchell (1973), and grandson Cory (1996) were the first four-generation family to graduate from Glenburn High School. Ronald remained a strong Panther fan and supporter. He was on the committee and championed the community for a new high school in the early '60s.
He was inducted into the U.S. Army at Mohall on Jan. 5, 1955. He was raised to the rank of SP3 and honorably discharged Dec. 20, 1956. He returned to the family farm after his discharge.
Ronald married Evelyn Souther Oct. 3, 1954, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Glenburn. Evelyn passed away Dec. 15, 2018. They made their home on the Preskey family homestead where they raised their four children. Farming was Ronald’s passion and his life. The farm is currently registered now as a Centennial farm in Renville County. He was proud to say the sixth generation of Preskeys now reside on the homestead farm. Ronald enjoyed spending many summer days with family and friends at Lake Metigoshe.
Ronald and Evelyn moved to Minot in April 2011, most recently at Edgewood Vista.
Ronald was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Ronald also served on the Farmers Union Elevator Board in Minot for many years.
Ronald’s hobbies and special interests included the farm and all that it entailed, his Wednesday night poker game, pinochle and whist card parties and baseball. He enjoyed his daily breakfast stop at the Glenburn restaurant and the morning “talk” of the day.
Ronald’s loving family includes his children, Mitchell (Joanie) Preskey, Glenburn, Kendall (Carol) Preskey, Bismarck, Rochelle Preskey, Waltham, Mass. and DeAnna (Wayne) Johnson, Bottineau; grandchildren, Cory (Desaraye) Preskey, Nathan Preskey, Kayla (Joe) Lorsung, Karen (Josh) Glover, Jennifer (Scott) Bina, RaeAnn Preskey, Nicole (Kaleb) Klein, Tyler Johnson, Kirby (Marcella) Johnson, Wyatt Johnson; great-grandchildren, Oakley Trueblood, Elsa and Brooks Marean Preskey, Ava, Elise, Brielle and Jocelyn Lorsung, Indiana and Elliott Evelyn Glover, Lyndon Bina and Raelyn Johnson; siblings, Shirley Lay, Marietta, Ga., and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Ronald was preceded in death by his parents; wife; grandson, Blake Johnson; and a brother, Richard.
Celebration of the life of Ronald Preskey will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in Trinity Lutheran Church, Glenburn. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery in Glenburn in the Spring. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials are preferred to Edgewood Vista, Caring Edge Hospice or Trinity Lutheran Church, Glenburn. Memories and condolences can be shared at www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com.