Ronald Dean DeGROTE

Of Lakeville, age 72 Passed away peacefully at home on November 22, 2013 surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rhinard and Bertha; brother, Eldon; and in-laws Stephen and Anna Marek. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Dee; son Ryan (Amy) DeGrote of Inver Grove Heights; and daughter Rhonda (Mike) Thibault of Prior Lake. "Papa Ron" so loved his grandchildren Grace, Adam and Ella DeGrote and Sara, Jacob, and Rachel Thibault. Ron is also survived by sister, Brenda (Gerald) Hanson of Anchorage and brother, Lynn (Patricia) DeGrote of Atlanta. Ron's career began with Control Data Corporation in 1962 and continued with NCS / Pearson until he retired in 2005. He will be remembered for his wonderful smile, blue eyes, pleasant personality and especially his love of family and those special golf buddies. There will be a Celebration of Life Service at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 13901 Fairview Drive in Burnsville on November 26, 2013 at 11AM. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church or Allina Hospice Foundation. White Funeral Home Burnsville 952-894-5080

Published in Pioneer Press on Nov. 24, 2013