Ronald Grieme

Ronald Erwin Grieme, 78, of Sioux City, went home to Jesus on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

Celebration of life services will be at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Sioux City. A private committal service will be held Wednesday in Eureka Township Cemetery at Schaller. Arrangements are under the direction of Meyer Brothers Morningside Chapel.

Ron was born May 27, 1940, at Porth Hospital in Storm Lake, to Erwin and Mabel (Young) Grieme. He was baptized June 16, 1940, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Galva, and was confirmed April 11, 1954, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Schaller.

Ron started country school at Eureka No. 2 on Oct. 16, 1945, and graduated from Schaller High School May 22, 1958. Ron married Karen McDonough Aug. 23, 1959, at Little Brown Church in Nashua. They were blessed with three children: Kathryn, Kevin and Deborah. They hosted a foreign exchange student from Holland, Durk DeBoer, who became family.

Ron worked for Schaller Telephone Co. the summers of 1957 and 1958 as a lineman and installing dial phones in Galva and Schaller. He then worked at the Pfister Associated Growers Seed plant north of Schaller. Ron and Karen started farming west of Early. They lived there nine years and then moved and farmed north of Schaller until 2007, when they had a farm sale. They moved to Sioux City to be closer to their family. Ron continued working as a crop adjuster.

Horses were an important part of Ron and Karen’s upbringing which continued on their farm. Ron trained many horses to ride and drive. He raised Golden American Saddlebreds and trained and showed them in Northwest Iowa shows and several state fairs. He also had Belgian and Percheron draft horses that he showed and drove in many parades. Ron and Karen had a dispersal sale in April 2003 and sold all of their horses and equipment.

Ron was a very active church member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Schaller, Grace Lutheran Church in Storm Lake, and Redeemer Lutheran in Sioux City, and held many offices at each of them. He was a 4-H leader in Sac County for 15 years and a volunteer EMT in Schaller for 22 years.

Besides church, family and horses, he enjoyed woodworking, especially making cabinets, sports, traveling, and was very faithful in attending his kids’ and grandkids’ activities.

Ron is survived by his wife of 59 years, Karen; children: Kathy (Kent) Johnson of Akron; Kevin (Brenda) Grieme of Lawton; Deb (Kelvin) Ayers of Twin Lakes, Idaho; and Durk (Shawna) DeBoer of Dublin, Texas; grandchildren: Shelby Johnson and fiancé, Kyle Newell of Newton; Tasha Johnson of Iowa City; Kendall (Amanda) Grieme of Ankeny; Kyle Grieme of Moville; Kallie Grieme of Lawton; Kelsey (Jordan) Janz of Aurora, Colo.; Brianna Ayers and fiancé, Mitch Renfrow of Moscow, Idaho; and Janneke and Pietra DeBoer of Dublin, Texas; great-granddaughter, Madelyn Janz of Aurora, Colo.; siblings: Larry (Sue) Grieme, Mayrean (Dean) McDonough and Dick (Dixie) Grieme; brothers-in-law: Dean (Mayrean) McDonough, Tom (Kay) McDonough and Dale (Jodie) McDonough; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Erwin and Mabel Grieme; parents-in-law, Pete and Inez McDonough; brother-in-law, Richard McDonough; and granddaughter, Kelli Johnson.

Memorials may be directed to Special Troopers Adaptive Riding School (STARS) which provides animal-assisted therapies at 33148 K-22, Sioux City, IA 51108 or Mission Central at 40718 Highway E 16, Mapleton, IA 51034.