Vernon "Ron" Stoefen
Vernon "Ron" Stoefen, age 83, passed away peacefully at home on January 8 surrounded by his wife and daughter. Born to Vernon and Della Stoefen on November 22, 1937 in Chester, SD, Ron attended SDSU in Brookings then moved to Sioux Falls where he worked for Northern States Power in atomic energy before retiring due to Multiple Sclerosis is 1985. He married the love of his life Noreen Tschetter in 1957, and together they raised 3 children, Lauri (Nick) Kraft, Mark (Amy) Stoefen, and Jessica (Adam) Stoefen West, and were blessed with 6 grandchildren, Jake and Ron Kraft, Gage and Ayden Stoefen, and Caleb and Etta West. Grateful to have shared his life along with his children and grandchildren are his 2 sisters, Veronica Buskerud and Sandra Francik. Ron loved his family, fishing and hunting, and was a member of First Baptist Church. He moved to Minnesota in 2017 to spend more time with his grandchildren. Ron will be forever in our hearts.
Ron's final gift to the world was donating his body for research at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Donations of memorial can be sent to: National MS Society Upper Midwest Chapter, 2829 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414. Or online at: nationalmssociety.org
, click on "Donate".