Ronald J. Laske, age 75, of West Fargo, ND, died peacefully at his home on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, under the care of his wife Shirley, and Hospice of the Red River Valley.
Ronald James Laske was born February 9, 1944 at St. John’s Hospital in Fargo, ND, to Victor and Maxine Laske. He grew up in rural Durbin, ND, and attended country school. Ron loved animals, and as a young boy, enjoyed raising several different animals on the family farm. His family eventually moved to Fargo, and later to Moorhead, MN, where he attended high school and lived for many years of his adult life.
Ron was blessed with 3 children during his earlier marriage to Vivian (Atchison), and likewise later, with 2 children during his marriage to Linda (Faus). On September 1, 1998, Ron married his wife Shirley (Haugland) Perreault Laske, enjoying life together with all of their beloved pet “puppies” and “kitties”.
Earlier in his life, Ron managed the Hudson Gas Station in south Moorhead. He later worked at Scheels Hardware in Fargo, and then Mac’s Hardware in Fargo, from which he retired in 2009.
Ron was an avid “car guy”. He loved building and racing late model stock cars, and for many years could be found behind the wheel of his Car #30, competing on all the local area racetracks. He also enjoyed restored automobiles and was very proud of his restored and customized 1932 Ford 2-door sedan. Ron and Shirley loved traveling and camping together in their motorhome. They traveled to several annual car shows such as Devils Run at Devils Lake, ND, and Back To The 50’s at St. Paul, MN. Ron was a member of Swanks Car Club, Casselton, ND, and of Bethel Church, Fargo.
Ron is survived by his wife Shirley; a son Jim (Danette) Laske, Fargo, and their children Madalyn, Joe, Grace, Hannah and Josh; a son Jon Laske, Fargo, and his children Samantha (Scott) Haluptzok, Austin, Sara (fiancé Mike Brownson), and their daughter Nellie; a daughter Jan (Corey) Mayer, West Fargo, and their son Logan; a son Shayne (Kari Devries) Laske, Moorhead; a daughter Misty (Kyle Roth) Saltzman, Fargo; and two stepsons, Brian Perreault, St. Cloud, MN, and Chris Perreault, West Fargo.
Ron is also survived by two older sisters, Bonnie (Al) Moody, Dewey, AZ, and Bette Odegard, Marshfield, WI, along with several nieces and nephews, and his mother-in-law Mildred Haugland, Fargo. Ron is preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Maxine.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to: Memory Café of the Red River Valley, Hospice of the Red River Valley, and/or Alzheimer’s Association of MN-ND.
VISITATION: 5-7pm Monday, June 24, 2019, with his PRAYER SERVICE held at 7pm, all in West Funeral Home and Life Tribute Center, West Fargo.
FUNERAL SERVICE: 1pm Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at Bethel Church, Fargo.
BURIAL: Sunset Memorial Gardens, Fargo.
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