Graveside services are scheduled for 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at South Park Cemetery for Bernard John Rondestvedt, 70, also called John or Ron by m any, who passed on to be with his Heavenly Father, Oct. 13, 2012, at his home in Roswell. He was born June 6, 1942, in Cooperstown, N.D., to Bernard John Rondestvedt and Henrietta R. Sykes. Later Bernard married Virginia Mae Everson and Bernard and Virginia were parents to the raising of John, as he was called growing up in and around Dazey, N.D.
Ron grew up working with his dad in the Dazey garage, where he learned to work hard and how to fix things. Some of his fondest memories as a kid were the many family get-togethers and going to the creek on the Everson farm. He loved to reminisce about the fun he and his uncles, cousins and friends had playing around Dazey.
He attended various schools in North Dakota. He joined the Air Force in July 1960, and served in the 366th OMS (TAC) in Chaumont AF, France and Sculthrope AFB, England. He was an aircraft maintenance tech on F84F and B66B. In 1964, his tactical wing was transferred to Holloman AFB.
While stationed at Holloman, he met and married Rhoda Dee Thompson of Alamogordo, on July 26,1964. Together they had three sons, Timothy Dean born June 16,1966, Shon Dixon born May 17,1968, and Zachary Edwin born May 5,1982.
After discharge from the Air Force, Ron continued his education at the Jetma Engineering Institute in Dallas. Here he learned to become a machinist and tool and dye maker. In 1971, Ron took employment in the Denver area. He worked for Ball Aerospace and became supervisor of the machine shop. Two of his many achievements while at Ball Aerospace were his part in building several of the space telescopes that have been launched by NASA. He received a medallion from astronauts John Young and Bob Crippen for appreciation of his contribution in building the actuators in the cargo bay of the space shuttle Columbia the first manned orbital flight. Ron also invented and received patents for various shock absorbent mounting arrangements for disk drives and other components when he worked in the disk drive industry.
In May 1993, Ron opened his own machine shop Cam Tech Machine and Tool. It was here that he was able to train all three of his sons in the machinist field.
In 2003, Ron retired and moved to Amarillo, where he and Rhoda studied the Hebrew roots of the Christian faith at Mayim Hayim Hebraic Learning Center. Here Ron became quite the student of Hebrew and the Bible from the Hebrew writings. Ron served others in their study of the Hebrew roots of the Bible by burning DVDs, CDs or securing printed material for them. He loved to help others search the scriptures. He also attended Beod Moed Hebraic Learning Center in Roswell.
In 2009, Ron and Rhoda moved to Roswell to help in the care of his mother-in-law Lois Thompson until her passing.
Ron loved camping, fishing and boating with his boys and grandchildren. He enjoyed gardening and could make the best salsa. He could make and fix just about anything you need. He loved to take long rambling road trips just to go see what you could see. The highlight for Ron, this summer, was when all his brothers traveled from North Dakota to Roswell to celebrate his 70th birthday with him. Ron was very excited that he was soon to have his first great-granddaughter Charley, by Ronee and Tyler Smith of Loveland, Colo.
Ron is survived by his wife Rhoda, of Roswell; sons, Timothy Dean Rondestvedt and wife Becky, and Shon Dixon Rondestvedt and wife Carolina, of Houston, and Zachary Edwin Rondestvedt and wife Lynn, of Loveland; granddaughters, Ronee, Malaya, Joey, Jaden, Avonlea, Amity; grandsons, Ethan and Garry; brothers, Rocky Rondestvedt and wife Charlene, of Lisbon, N.D., Tim Rondestvedt and wife Patti, of Spiritwood, N.D., and Roger Rondestvedt and wife Cathy, of Hannaford, N.D.; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles; and numerous friends.
Ron was preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Minnie Rondestvedt, and Edwin and Sylvia Everson; parents Bernard and Virginia Rondestvedt; sister Penny Dahl; and various aunts, uncles and cousins.
Condolences can be offered online at lagronefunerachapels.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.