Ronald William Ramlo, Sr., 100, of Canton, died on April 12, 2014, at Green Lea Manor in Mabel.



He was born June 29, 1913, on a farm near Burr Oak, Iowa, to William and Hallie (Hitchcock) Ramlo and was the eldest of nine children.

Attending school in Canton, where his favorite subject was history, he became involved in community projects early in life when, at the age of 10, he spent six weeks of his summer vacation hauling bricks for the new Canton High School, making 20 trips a day from the railroad station to the building site, driving a team of 1,900-pound Belgian horses.

In high school, he played basketball and baseball, graduated in 1931, and was a member of the town baseball team into the 1950s.

After graduation from high school, he worked for the company that was paving Highway 52, earning enough money that summer to pay his expenses for one year at Winona State College where he studied industrial arts and physical education.

Being the early years of the Great Depression and lacking the money to continue college, he came home and worked whatever jobs were available until January of 1935 when he volunteered for the Civilian Conservation Corp. He was stationed in Grand Marais as a forestry crew leader and in Brainerd as a Mess Sergeant.

He married Phyllis Liversage on May 12, 1939 in Brainerd, Minn.

Also in 1939, he joined his father in the road construction business and later four of his brothers joined the company which built roads all over southeastern Minnesota for the next 30 years. In 1969, he became superintendent of roads for Houston County and served until his retirement in 1979.

He served as mayor of Canton for 16 years and was appointed assistant Sergeant at Arms for the Minnesota Senate in 1969.

As a member of Canton-Scotland Presbyterian Church, he served as an ordained elder and sang in the choir. On his 100th birthday, he was honored for his 65 years as a member of the Masonic lodge.

Among the things he enjoyed in life for many years were golf, baseball, hunting and fishing, playing cards, dancing with his wife, telling stories of his life's events and playing music. At different times in his life he played trumpet in a German band, trombone and baritone in the city band and drums in a dance band.

He is survived by a son, Ronald, Jr., (Marcia) of Pekin, Ill.; a daughter, Donivee (Richard) Johnson of Canton; two grandsons, Todd (Kelly) Ramlo of Yorkville, Ill., and Jeffrey (Carla) Ramlo of Tremont, Ill., and six great-grandchildren, Abigail of Peoria, Ill., Hannah of Cincinnati, Ohio, Megan of Peoria, Allison of Tremont and Sidney and Spencer Snyder of Yorkville. He is also survived by 14 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, five brothers and three sisters.

A celebration of life service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 19, at Canton-Scotland Presbyterian Church in Canton, with the Rev. LeRoy Haynes officiating. Interment will be in Elliota Cemetery at Canton.

In lieu of flowers or memorials, the family requests that donations be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel is assisting the family with service arrangements.