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Ronald Gilbert Herold

April 23, 2019 | 8 comments

Ronald Gilbert Herold, age 78 of Tomah, WI, passed away on April 22, 2019, at the Tomah VA Medical Center from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He was born in Prairie du Chien on March 10, 1941, the son of Marjorie (Peg) (nee Jones) and stepfather Orlyn Chunat, and the son of Gilbert Herold and stepmother Clara Herold (nee Olson).

Ron graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1959 where he was the leading rusher on the football team, a football team captain, and was named to the All Conference Football team.  He also played basketball and held track records for many years. He went on to the University of Iowa to play football before he served in the United States Coast Guard for six months. Ron then enrolled at Luther College in Decorah, IA, before transferring to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where he graduated in business management. While at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Ron won a national doubles bowling championship with his teammate and also held multiple bowling records at the collegiate level-including a 300 series.

He married Mary Allen (Paulus) on January 24, 1967 in Madison, WI and welcomed four girls as his own: Rebecca Josephine, Anna Marie, Laura Lee, and Lisé Grayson.

Ron loved living in the woods with Mary at SHLAGS for many years. He also loved having family and friends around to enjoy inner tubing and canoeing on Robinson Creek, playing volleyball, snowmobiling, four-wheeling on the sand dunes and shooting trap and skeet. There were a lot of laughs during fall deer hunting when Ron would deliver Mary’s famous chocolate chip cookies to the rest of the hunters. He and Mary also hosted trout fishing opener. Ron enjoyed boating, water-skiing, and camping with his family when they were young.

Ron spent his professional career in the La Crosse, WI, area working at Mobile Corporation, The Trane Company, and FoxMeyer Corporation, before retiring to the woods of Jackson County.

He will be remembered for his kindness, his sense of humor and his love of nature. Ron was gracious to everyone and was a true gentleman. He always thought of others before thinking of himself. Family was the most important thing to him.

Ron is survived by his wife, Mary of Onalaska, WI; his children: Rebecca Josephine (David Noffke) Herold of Holmen, WI, Anna Marie Herold of Onalaska, WI, Laura Lee Jones of Shawnee, KS, and Lisé Grayson (Dale) Freking of Inver Grove Heights, MN; his grandchildren: Ryan (Grete) Blum, Alexandria Schanke (Ross Holt), Hailee (Matt) Buehler, Eden Fridlington, Grayson Freking, Gabriella Freking, and Gianna Freking; and great-grandchildren Elsa and Elin Blum; his brothers and sisters: Gary (Janet) Herold, Bruce (Cynthia) Herold, Linda (Clark) Wanlass, Marsha Smith, Gregory (Patricia) Herold, and Brent (Amy) Herold; and many nieces and nephews.

Ron was preceded in death by his mother, Marjorie Chunat; his father, Gilbert Herold; his stepmother, Clara Herold; his stepfather, Orlyn Chunat; his brother-in-law, Kenneth Smith; his half-brother Michael Chunat; and his nephew, Brian Ronald Herold.

The family would like to thank the Tomah VA Medical Center in Tomah, WI, for their loving care of Ron.

A Celebration of Life will be at the Coulee Region Cremation Group of Onalaska, on Sunday, April 28, 2019, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, located at 133 Mason Street, Onalaska, WI. There will not be a burial service.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be given to the Tomah VA Medical Center or to the Parkinson’s Foundation (online at www.parkinson.org):

Tomah VA Medical Center
500 East Veterans Street
Attn: Voluntary Service (135) for Hospice and Palliative Care
Tomah, WI  54660
(608) 372-1727

Parkinson’s Foundation
200 SE 1st Street
Suite 800
Miami, FL 33131



  1. Cindy & Gary Wittenberg

    So sorry for your lost. It sounds like you all have some great memories. Hello live forever in those.

  2. John Chionchio

    He will be missed and remembered always. Thinking of you all.

  3. Kathy Dean

    What a beautifully written tribute to a beloved man. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
    Kathy Dean

  4. Vicki Beckman

    So many good memories were made at the cabin with Grandpa Ron. Skeet shooting, tubing down Robinson creek and running in the snow in search of the “Big Indian” at Christmas. He taught me how to read the stock page of the WSJ when I was 12 and I will never forget how he made my sister, brother and I feel like family. He truly was a great man and I’m so lucky to have known him. Love to Mary, Becky, Anna, Laura and Lise. ❤️

  5. Larry Germanson

    My deepest condolences to you and your family for the loss of your father as well as a fellow Veteran. He will be in our daily prayers as well as your family in this time of sorrow and also time of jubilation to your dads rise to be with God and his family who have gone before him.

  6. larry olson

    Laura,sounds like your Dad had a very good life.It feels strange losing a parent. The Tomah VA hospice team is one of the best! My brother spent his last days there. My prayers!

  7. Damaris Pintz

    Sending thoughts and thoughts to the Herold family🙏

  8. Geary Miller

    thought and prayers to your family,my father passed the same day…sad

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