Ronald L. Rognlien

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Ronald LeRoy Rognlien, 61, of Warrenton, Va., died unexpectedly Thursday morning, Dec. 19, 2013, at home, from a massive heart attack.

Born in 1952, in Baraboo, Wis., he was the son of the late Stanley LeRoy Rognlien and the late Arlene Doris Jacobson Rognlien. He was the husband of Marian Babylon, who he married in 1982 at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Westminster. 

Due to his father's service in the Navy and his job, he and his family lived all over the Americas. After graduating with a degree in electrical engineering from Oregon State University, he served his country for 32 years as a defense contractor with the intelligence community. It was a job that took him to approximately 68 countries over the years. His particular field of expertise was computer science and communications.

After retirement, he continued serving others through volunteer and mission service. He again traveled the world, this time for recreation, and spent time in Westminster with his extended family.

He enjoyed fishing in Alaska and playing math and word games like Sudoku, and he drove the Alcan Highway and across the U.S. several times.

In addition to his training as an electrical engineer, he was handy with tools and home improvement projects. He was a veteran of many mission trips with Taylorsville United Methodist Church, to help folks who had suffered from natural disasters, including places such as Biloxi, Miss., after Hurricane Katrina and New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy.

He volunteered at numerous Carroll County civic and community functions. He was handy with a chainsaw and often helped cutting firewood with the Taylorsville "wood chuckers," who cut firewood for the needy. He was a student of the game of golf.

In the greater Warrenton community, he volunteered extensively with organizations such as People Helping People, VolTran, and the Fauquier County Food Distribution Coalition. He worked for the Fauquier County Board of Election Supervisors. He was a member of the Warrenton Stamp and Coin Club and was a founding parent of the FAST swim team. He was an active member of Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Warrenton.

He remained an avid reader his entire life and was seldom seen without a book in his hand. He was comfortable in the kitchen and well-known for his "Ron's pancakes." He was also an avid movie buff. He was the family genealogist and took a scholarly approach to military history and the form, function and history of American government.

He attended all of his daughter's swim meets, lacrosse games and field hockey matches throughout high school and college.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are daughter Marnie Rognlien, of Copley, Ohio, and fiancé Louis Paumier, of Wooster, Ohio; brother Roger Rognlien and wife Linda, of Scio, Ore.; sisters Diane and Darlene Rognlien, both of Corvallis, Ore., and Deanna Jorgensen and husband Christopher, of Dunedin, Fla.; mother-in-law, Evelyn F. Babylon; sisters-in-law, the Rev. Sarah Babylon Dorrance, of Taylorsville United Methodist Church, Lt. Col. Trisch Babylon, retired, of Anchorage, Alaska, and Caroline Babylon, of Westminster; brothers-in-law Kevin E. Dayhoff, of Westminster and Col. William T. Babylon, retired, of Anchorage; friends and colleagues; nieces and nephews, including Phil and Jamie Dorrance Miller, Andy and Melissa Dorrance Cimbala, Frank and Rosa Babylon, and Liz and David Babylon III; a great-niece, Nora Harper Babylon; and a great-nephew, Evan Parker Babylon.

He was predeceased by his father-in-law, David S. Babylon Jr., who died in August 2006; and a brother-in-law Lt. Commander Jim Dorrance, who died in June 1991.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home, 91 Willis St., Westminster; and from 10 a.m. until the time of memorial service, 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28 at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 6194 Dumfires Road, Warrenton, with the Rev. Michael Church officiating and a eulogy by the Rev. Sarah Dorrance. Private inurnment will be held at the family mausoleum at Krider's Cemetery in Westminster.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to People Helping People, 34 Beckham St., Warrenton, VA 20186.

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Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home - Westminster
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Published in Carroll County Times on Dec. 21, 2013
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