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Ronald G. Pember

Ronald G. Pember

June 22, 2020

Ronald G. Pember, 79, of Madison County, MO, passed away Monday, June 22, 2020 in Elk Mound, WI surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Mayo Hospice.


Ron was born August 13, 1940 in Jump River, WI to Dan and Clara (Lechleitner) Pember. After graduating from Gilman High School, he completed his post-secondary education at UW- Madison and received a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. Ron was a civil engineer, architect, and registered land surveyor. He was the only person in both the state of Wisconsin and the state of Missouri to hold all three licenses.


Ron began his career in civil engineering in Marinette, WI and worked for the City. He then worked at Owen Ayres and Associates as a manager. After leaving Owen Ayres he started Pember Construction and Realty. In 1975, he became one of the founding fathers of Cedar Corporation.  


Two of Ron’s proudest accomplishments were facilitating the establishment of a 3M plant in Menomonie and the construction of the Menomonie Airport. Ron conceived the idea for the airport, and he was instrumental bringing it to fruition. Ron was deeply invested in the project and worked many hours pro-bono. He was dedicated to his community in so many ways, including serving as a Rotarian and was Club President.


Ron later moved to Missouri and on June 30, 1990 married Patricia Srock. Ron’s passion for community followed him to Missouri where he worked with the cities of Wentzville, Pevely and Herculanium.


Ron had a love for the outdoors, particularly his yearly trips to Canada to fish and pick blueberries. He enjoyed sharing his interests and experiences by inviting people from all different backgrounds to join him on his trips to Canada. He loved rocks and planting trees, so Ron and Pat purchased a beautiful 30-acre parcel on a river which later became known as Paw Paw Park, the campground he built from the ground up. The name was significant to Ron. “Paw Paw” the type of trees growing near the river’s edge; and “Park” was chosen instead of campground so it would be inviting to the whole community and not just campers. He demonstrated his love of rocks by completely rocking the outside of all the buildings on the park property and love for fishing by stocking the pond.


Ron is survived by his wife, Patricia of Madison County, MO; first wife Kathleen and their children, Betsy (John) Wolbert of Menomonie, Steven (Kristin) Pember of Otter Creek, Tina (Clare), Tony (Kelly) Pember of Wheeler, Kathy (Pete) Bechel of Elk Mound, J. Pember, Julie Fritzel; step children, Tamara (Patrick) Flores of Springfield, MO, Ricky (Becky) Bush of O’ Fallon, MO, Christina (Ricky) Hudgens of Springfield, MO; 16 Grandchildren, 27 Great Grandchildren; Brother, Dale (Ida) Pember of Bloomer and many nieces and nephews.


A celebration of Ron’s life will be held Saturday, June 27, 2020  will be held from 4:00 – 8:00 pm at Cedarbrook Church Outdoor Amphitheater, N 6714 470th Street, Menomonie. A eulogy service will be held at 6:30 Saturday night. In Ron’s honor, blueberry pancakes will be served. A private graveside service will take place at Mt. Nebo Cemetery in Jump River.

Chippewa Valley Cremation Services – Celebration of Life is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.chippewavalleycremation.com


Ron will be remembered for his strong belief regarding success. He often said, “Even though one may be mediocre, if one surrounds himself with good people, they will be a success!” Anyone that knows Ron would agree that he was definitely not mediocre.


A celebration of Ron’s life will be held Saturday, June 27, 2020 will be held from 4:00 – 8:00 pm at Cedarbrook Church Outdoor Amphitheater, N 6714 470th Street, Menomonie. A eulogy service will be held at 6:30 Saturday night. In Ron’s honor, blueberry pancakes will be served. A private graveside service will take place at Mt. Nebo Cemetery in Jump River.

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  • Patty Yount kelvin and Patty Yount sending condolences

    June 25 at 8:14am

  • Patty Yount our sincere condolences to Pat and family for your loss. Ron will be missed.

    June 25 at 8:13am

  • Rick Conway I enjoy working with Ron on projects at city of pevely.He was very dedicated to his job.Always had a smile on his face.He will be missed but not forgotten.

    June 25 at 4:47am

  • Florence (HINK) Van Merrsbergen Another old friend ha passed, God bless the family of Ron

    June 24 at 3:02PM

  • Elva Drier So sorry to hear Ron is gone. Was looking forward to seeing him at the next high school reunion. Also was hoping to visit him at Paw Paw park. We just hadn't been down that way since he invited us. He was a good friend in school. Will remember him as an intelligent guy! Elva (Ogle) Drier

    June 24 at 1:29PM

  • Chuck Banks Good friend, I will miss you. We had fun in Canada, and fun getting things done in Pevely! You have taught me a lot.

    June 24 at 12:10PM

  • Ken and Linda Burgraff Our deepest sympathy for your loss.

    June 24 at 10:45AM

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