Ronald Joseph Gainey, 67
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Formerly of Winona, Minnesota
Dec. 12, 1945 ~ Feb. 12, 2013
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Christ Church Newman Center, St. Cloud at 11:00am on Friday, February 15th, friends and relatives may call one hour prior to the service at the church for Ronald Gainey who died peacefully at his home surrounded by his three sons, wife, and sister.
Ronald "Coach" Gainey was born December 12, 1945 in Winona, Minnesota, to Ruth (Wunderlich) and Stan Gainey. He graduated from Cotter High School in 1964 and went on to graduate from Winona State University with a degree in Earth and Space Science.
Ron was drafted into the Army in 1968 and served our country as a Green Beret during the Vietnam War. He later obtained a Master's Degree in Meteorology from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. Ron taught earth science in the Sauk Rapids-Rice District for 32 years. He was often referred to as a "living legend" in his teaching of 8th grade science. He retired in 2004. In retirement, Ron enjoyed preparing fossil fish for display, walking at the Heart Center, and going out to eat at the Great Dragon Buffet. Ron wanted his family and friends to remember all the good times he had with them and how much he loved his family.
Survivors include his wife, Kathryn of St. Cloud; sons Jeb (Susan) Gainey of Little Falls, Josh Gainey of St. Cloud, and Seth Gainey of Las Vegas, Nevada; sister Mary Kay (Gary) Staudacher of Minneiska, Minnesota; and one very special grandson Emmett Gainey, son of Jeb and Susan Gainey.
Published in the St. Cloud Times on Feb. 14, 2013