Mar. 3, 1936 - May 25, 2014 Arvid Ronning passed peacefully into God's eternal home Sunday morning, May 25, 2014, after a long struggle with dementia. He spent his last ten months at Ashley Gardens of Mount Vernon and received excellent compassionate care from all the staff. Arvid was born at his parents' farm home in eastern Montana to Svend and Katie Ronning. He and his three younger siblings (Avis, Kennet, and Sonja), plus a couple of neighbors, attended the Lamar Country School located on his parents' property. Arvid graduated from Bainville High School in Bainville, Mont., in 1954. While a student at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., he took the opportunity to attend the International Summer School in Oslo, Norway. His experiences in Norway that summer greatly enlarged his appreciation for his Norwegian heritage, especially since he had learned to speak Norwegian at home as a child. He received a BS degree in biology in 1958 and was a Phi Beta Kappa scholar. Having decided to become a physician, he applied for an assistantship at the U of South Dakota Medical School in Vermillion, S.D., and spent three years there teaching anatomy, doing medical research, and finishing his first two years of medical school. From there he went to the U of W Medical School in Seattle, receiving his MD degree in June 1963. He loved beautiful Seattle, did his medical internship at the US Public Health Hospital, continued on as a physician there, and also joined the Coast Guard. He spent the early summer of 1965 aboard the Kukui on a mission to the South Pacific. Arvid married his love and soul-mate, Connie Berg, on August 8, 1965. Five children were born to them, all of whom survive - Svend, Arnold (Maria), Erik (Anna), Sonja (Vel), and Olen (Beth). Three grandchildren (Ava, Kristen, and Andreas) also survive, along with sisters Avis (Kenneth), Sonja, and sister-in-law LaVonne, plus numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends. He was preceded in death by his brother, Kennet; and nephews, Brian and Larry. Arvid joined the staff of Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound in 1966, enjoying a huge practice. He also purchased a farm near Stanwood moving the family there in 1979. Arvid had many talents and was active in church, Scandinavian, and community groups. He and his family performed many Scandinavian musical programs for which he sewed bunads for the children and later for in-laws, and served as the family MC. A highlight was performing for King Olaf V of Norway in Poulsbo in 1975. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Stanwood, located at 27201 - 99th Ave. NW. Lunch in the fellowship hall will follow. Memorial gifts may be given to "
" at 333 Seventh Ave., 2nd Floor, New York, N.Y., 10001 or to the
. Arrangements under direction of Gilbertson Funeral Home, Stanwood.
Gilbertson Funeral Home and Cremation Service - Stanwood
27001 88th Ave NW
Stanwood, WA 98292
Published in The Herald (Everett) on June 8, 2014