Ronald
Gjerde, Ronald Arlington, a 35-year resident of Torrance, passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2002 in San Bernardino. Born in Minneapolis, MN, Ronald was 68 when he died. He is survived by his Wife, Helen Gjerde of Torrance, CA, Daughter, Lorraine Gjerde of Torrance, CA, Son, Ronald (Susan) Gjerde of Bloomington, MN, Son, Rick (Lisa) Gjerde of Redondo Beach, CA, Son, Rob (Bernadette) Gjerde of Lake Elsinore, CA, Sister, Nancy Anderson of Minneapolis, MN, Brother, Peter Gjerde of Eden Prairie, MN, Sister, Susan Goski of Minneapolis, MN, Sister, Phyllis Hill of Minneapolis, MN, Sister, Patricia Lotz of Minneapolis, MN, 10 Grandchildren, 4 Great-Grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Thursday, July 11, 2002, 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, July 13, 2002, 2:00 PM at the Lakewood Cemetery Chapel, Minneapolis, MN with visitation 1 hour prior to services. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to donors choice.

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  1. to my friend, to my father to my “dad” as i\’ll remember i may shed tears, but forget you never…… in my heart, with each passing beat another step closer, again we shall meet…… i miss you, i love you i reach out for you “dad” for this day i am happy as you would not want me sad…….. on this day, eye to eye i share your peace and wave goodbye……. i love you “dad” your beloved son robin a. gjerde

  2. To the Gjerde Family, Our deepest sympathy to each of you. In the days, months, and years to follow when we think of Ron we will remember him for his desire and determination to educate himself on anything he could and to share his knowledge with anyone who ask. Our thoughts and prayers are with you each and every day. Dave and Pam St. Cyr

  3. Gjerde Family: I\’d like to send my condolences to all of you and I am very sorry for your loss. I use to live right behind you on Elmo Avenue, and I remember your family very well. Sincerely, Kathy Fawley-Frankforter

  4. To the Gjerde Family I send my love to each of you. I only knew Ron for a short time, he was a great man and he always made me feel like a part of the family. I always admired his love for knowledge and his determination. I see alot of that in Joe. I will always be greatful to him for that because, it has helped Joe become a great man as well. I am sure he has influenced everyone he knows. And we could all learn alot from him. I wish I could be there to share my sympathies with all of you. I want you to know I am thinking of all of you and I am there in spirit.

  5. To the Gjerde family – I am so very sorry for your loss. I will miss Ron so very much and I know that this is so much more difficult for all of you. It is, however, a great comfort to me that I was able to see Ron several times over the last few years – both at his home in Hemet and at his son Robin\’s home in Lake Elsinore. One enduring memory that I will always have of Ron is of our various discussions / arguments. We tended to find a way to disagree on almost everything – always in a very pleasant, congenial, friendly way. We both loved the thrill of debate and knew that the other would never be converted to our way of thinking – whether we were discussing politics, recording techniques or the weather. It was always the thrill of the “fight”. I would dare to say that we would – either of us – gladly argued the other\’s point just to continue the debate. As we would argue, Ron would look to enlighten me on a subject, but he could never say something like – “Tom, let me explain this to you”. He always had to express it more like (and for anyone who did not know Ron well this might sound awful – but if you knew Ron you know that this was said with nothing but great humor) “Tom, let me explain this to you – because, in the depths of your ignorance, you could never understand this if I didn\’t explain it to you”. Always said with a wry smile that let you know that he considered you a friend – a knowledgable friend – who simply needed his enlightenment. Ron, I thank you for your knowledge and your willingness and ability to share it. Many years ago you were my friend\’s father. Later in life you were my friend. I will miss you greatly and hope that I can someday be to my son and his friends what you were to us. Rest in peace.

  6. MY DEAREST RON I LOVE YOU RON WITH ALL MY HEART.I DONT KNOW HOW I WILL BE WITHOUT YOU.YOU WERE ALWAYS THERE FOR ME FOR 52 YEARS,AND I FOR YOU.NO MATTER WHAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES WERE, GOOD OR BAD. OUR KIDS HAVE HAD THE BEST FATHER KIDS COULD HAVE. AND I THE BEST HUSBAND FOR 50 YEARS I WILL MISS YOU MY DARLING FOREVER AND EVER. GOD BLESS YOUR WIFE (HAP)

  7. MY DEAREST RON I LOVE YOU RON WITH ALL MY HEART.I DONT KNOW HOW I WILL BE WITHOUT YOU.YOU WERE ALWAYS THERE FOR ME FOR 52 YEARS,AND I FOR YOU.NO MATTER WHAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES WERE, GOOD OR BAD. OUR KIDS HAVE HAD THE BEST FATHER KIDS COULD HAVE. AND I THE BEST HUSBAND FOR 50 YEARS I WILL MISS YOU MY DARLING FOREVER AND EVER. GOD BLESS YOUR WIFE (HAP)

  8. Grandpa ~ I will love you forever and miss you being around and hearing your jokes and I just hope you know everyone loves you so much and will miss you and I hope everyone dreams of you. Goodbye Grandpa. I love you. Your granddaughter-Sami

  9. DAD IMISSYOU SO MUCH.I WILL FOREVER AND EVER. YOU ARE AT REST NOW WITH THE LORD.NO HEAVY BURDENS AND NO MORE PAIN IN YOUR CHEST THAT YOU HAVE HAD FOR YRS. THE LORD WILL HELP YOU,AND I MISS YOU SO MUCH. YOU WERE THE BEST FATHER TO ME AND MY BROTHERS I LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY HEART GOD BLESS YOU DAD.YOU HAD ALOT OF FRIENDS ,AND WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR EVERYONE,AND DID. LOVE YOU YOUR DAUGHTER LORRIE

  10. HIHONEY IAM HAVING A VERY HARD TIME WITH YOU GONE.I MISS YOU SO MUCH.I KNOW YOU ARE WATCHING ME NOW.BUT HONEY YOU DONT NEED HAVE ALL THAT PAIN IN YOUR CHEST ANYMORE,AND CARRY ALL THE BURDERN YOU HAVE HAD FOR YRS .THE KIDS ARE TAKING THIS ALSO SO HARD ,AND THE GRANDKIDS,TAMMIE IS VERY BROKEN UP ,SO ARE ALL OF THE .EVEN MISTY AND CHRISTIE KNOW SOMETHING IS WRONG . YOU ARE IN A MUCH BETTER PLACE IN THE LORDS HANDS TAKING CARE OF YOU.HE MUST OF NEEDED YOU MORE THEN US I LOVE YOU HONEY .YOU ARE IN MY HEART FOREVER AND EVER,EACH AND EVRYDAY AND ON MY MIND.I MISS YOU SO MUCH,I CAN GET MY FEELINGS OUT THIS WAY BETTER BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE I AM TALKING RIGHT TO YOU GOD BLESS MY DARLING YOUR WIFE HELEN KNOWEN TO YOU AS HAP

  11. Dear Dad, Most of our lives were spent separated by many miles, yet in my heart you were always near. You were a great teacher and father, but most of all you were just my dad. This meant the most to me. Whenever I needed some advice, I knew I could call upon you for help. You were always available to share your thoughts on any subject that I had concern about. Even in the last conversation we had you said to me, “Ron, you worry too much about how things look to other people.” You said, “ Don’t worry about those things just be prepared to take a stand for what you believe and defend your position.” Of course, you are exactly right. Dad, I said at your funeral that I don’t want to have any regrets. That the miles that separated us were just a fact of life and we did the best we could to communicate and visit when we could. Sure, we could have done better, but I think we will both always be glad for the time we had together. Its too bad 35 years apart went so darn fast. And then out of the blue it’s all gone. But I have the memories of you, which I will always treasure. All of the good times and the good laughs, which were so much apart of your life and you, have passed that on to me as well. For as long as I live your legacy of your favorite sayings, among other things, will live on and never die. Just as your memory will live on and never die. And not just by me but by your entire family and friends. You have left an indelible impression on all of us. You were the kind of guy who is and always will be unforgettable. Dad, I could go on and on, but I won’t. I just want to say that it is an honor and a privilege to be your son and I will always be very proud that you are my father. Even those words you wrote to me 50 years ago mean so much to me today that you can’t even imagine. I just hope that I fulfilled your wishes and I think I did. If only for selfish reasons, I wish you were still here with us for I feel that we have all been a little bit cheated because your life was cut short. I know now that you are at peace in heaven surrounded by all of those who have gone before you and loved you and someday we will all be together again in paradise. In the meantime, watch down over all of us and know that we will all feel this way everyday for the rest of our lives. I love you, I miss you, and I will never forget you. Love Ron Jr.

  12. LOVE YOU BABE.MISS YOU GOD BE WITH YOU WE ALL LOVE YOU FOREVER AND FOREVER YOU ARE IN OUR HEARTS AND PRAYERS, I LOVE YOU MY DARLING AS ALWAYS YOUR WIFE HELEN (HAP)

  13. Dear Grandpa Gjerde, I wanted to take the time to write in this guestbook, for I did not no it existed until now. Having read what others wrote, it is clear that you left an amazing impression on those lives you touched. Though distance played a factor in the time we spent together, I will never forget your sense of humor, love of White Castles, and tremendous insight into any and all matters in life. You sure were an intelligent, funny,and giving soul. I trust that you will watch over my father during this most difficult time, because he is having a difficult time along with many others. I find comfort in knowing that you are in a peaceful place, where you can watch over all of us as our newest angel. Your memory will live on forever, as will your sense of humor you showed all of us in your short, yet touching and enriching lifetime. If there is one thing that we can take from your early passing, it is this,life is short,live it to the fullest, and take the time to live,love, and laugh each day. Grandpa, you were a number of people\’s guardian angel while you were here with us, and you will continue to be our guardian angel in spirit. I love you and will always hold your memory in my heart. God bless. Love, Stephanie

  14. HI RON. JUST WANTED YOU TO KNOW I THINK OF YOU EACH AND EVERY MOMENT.I MISS YOU SO MUCH.LORRIE IS HAVING A VERY BAD TIME .WE ALL ARE .WE KNOW YOU LOVED US ALL,AND YOUR LIFE WAS HERE WITH US .NOT AT THE OTHER HOUSE,WE ALSO KNOW YOU WERE WOKING YOUR WAY DOWN HERE FOR YOUR JOB,BUT SEEMS LIKE IT DID NOT WORK OUT THAT WAY.I KNOW YOU ARE IN THE LORDS HAND NOW AND HE IS TAKING GOOD CARE OF YOU ,YOU ARE WITHOUT PAIN,AND PRESURE.YOU DID NOT NEED ALL THAT,BUT STILL WISH YOU WERE HERE THE WAY YOU WERE.BUT YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED BY ALL .WE LOVE YOU RON.WE PRAY FOR THE LORD TO HELP US THROUGH THIS . TALK TO YOU LATER YOUR WIFE HAP

  15. HI HONEY ITS BEEN TWO MONTHS TODAY,SINCE YOU LEFT US ,FOR A BETTER PLACE.WE MISS YOU ,ROBIN WAS JUST HERE,SAID TO SAY HI ,THEY ALL MISS YOU SO .HAVE A GOOD NIGHT ,I LOVE YOU HAP

  16. HI RON MISS YOU,ALWAYS THINKING ABOUT YOU,I KNOW YOU KNOW ABOUT RICK,AND I KNOW YOU WERE THERE ,SO WAS THE LORD AND BROUGHT HIM BACK TO US I LOVE YOU RON,SO VERY MUCH AND MISS YOU GOD BLESS MY LOVE FOREVER HAP

  17. HI RON ITS ME ,HAP WANTED YOU TO KNOW I AM THINKING ABOUT YOU AT THIS TIME,I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO EXCEPT ALL OF THIS.I MISS YOU SO MUCH ,I FEEL LIKE THE LARGEST PART OF MY LIFE IS GONE,YOU ARE IN MY THOUGHTS AND HEART EACH AND EVERY MOMENT.I KNOW YOU KNOW THIS .I KNOW THE LORD IS TAKING GOOD CARE OF YOU . I LOVE YOU RON DEARLY AND FOREVER. GOD BLESS LOVE YOU YOUR WIFE FOREVER HELEN

  18. HI RON HAPPY ANNIVERSARY SORRY ABOUT NOT SAYING THIS YESTERDAY,BUT WAS BAD DAY FOR ME LORRIE SAYS THE SAME TOUS ONLY WE WISH YOU WERE HERE BUT NOT POSSIABLE WE THINK OF YOU EVERY MOMENT YOU ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ALL THE TIME WE LOVE YOU SO VERY MUCH WE HAVE A HARD TIME WITH THIS BUT WILL HAVE TO EXCEPT IT ONE DAY ALL THE KIDS WISH US A HAPPY DAY ALSO LONG TIME TOGETHER ,WE WILL ALWAYS BE TOGETHER LOVE YOU KNOW THE LORD IS TAKING GOOD CARE OF YOU LOVE YOU ALWAYS AND FORVER LOVE YOUR WIFE HELEN

  19. Hi Dad, Well,this is the first year I celebrated my birthday and knew I wouldn\’t receive a call from you wishing me a Happy Birthday. It was hard knowing that, but all of us need to get used to it. You are with us everyday because we all think of you everyday. Its too bad we didn\’t have more time. We all miss you very much and I know that you were right there this past Sunday with me and everyone else celebrating my 51st birthday. We love you and miss you always, Ron

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