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Ronald Ray Westerbur

February 19, 1945 ~ July 3, 2022 (age 77)

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Ronald Ray Westerbur, age 77 of Virginia, died Sunday, July 3, 2022 at Essentia Virginia Care Center with family by his side.  He was born February 19, 1945 in  Smiths Center, Kansas,  the son of John and Viola (Gibson) Westerbur.  He grew up in Luverne, MN, graduating from Luverne High School in 1964.  He was an accomplished wrestler, being the first from his school to compete in the state wrestling tournament.  He served on the USS Independence and the USS Intrepid with the U.S. Navy, serving during the Vietnam War.  He married Barbara Jean “Bobbi” Pfremmer on September 21, 1968; and the couple made their home in Virginia.    Ron worked at Northwestern Bell and then US West as a lineman, and worked his way up to a Central Office Technician.   He was a past president of the Virginia Lions Club, was a longtime Little League coach, supported the VHS Quarterback Club, was a faithful blood donor, cheered for the Vikings, and enjoyed hunting and fishing.  Most of all, he loved supporting the endeavors of his wife, his children, and his grandchildren.   

Ron is survived by sons: Jay (Amber) Westerbur of Duluth, and Kristopfer Westerbur of Crystal;  daughter-in-law:  Kristi Westerbur of Mt. Iron;  siblings:  LeeAnn (Burt) Vermeer of Valley Springs, SD, Linda Johnson of Fergus Falls, and Glen Westerbur of Lincoln, NE; brothers and sisters-in-law:  Carol (Kurt) Sundquist of Virginia, Nancy Swanson of Thornton, CO, and Jerry (Paulette) Pfremmer of Gilbert;   grandchildren: Jill, Jace, Jayda, Aaden, and Annalise;  numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents;  wife:  Bobbi;  son:  Marc;  sister:  Laurel Anderson;  in-laws:  Herb and Jean Pfremmer;  and brother-in-law:  John Swanson.

The Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 8, 2022 at the Bauman-Cron Funeral Home Chapel in Virginia, with visitation to begin at 12:00 noon.  Bill Bauman will officiate.  Inurnment with Military Honors will be at the Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in St. Paul, Minnesota. 

Memorials may be directed to the Memorial Blood Centers, or the USS Intrepid Museum.

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Gathering of Family and Friends
July 8, 2022

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Bauman Cron Funeral Home
516 South First Street
Virginia, MN 55792

Memorial Service
July 8, 2022

1:00 PM
Bauman Cron Funeral Home
516 South First Street
Virginia, MN 55792

Private Committal

Fort Snelling National Cemetery
7601 34th Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55450


Memorial Blood Centers
5115 Burning Tree Rd, Duluth MN 55811

USS Intrepid Association
86 N River Piers, New York NY 10036

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