Ronnie Lester Schaper, 56
Bricelyn — Ronnie Lester Schaper, age 56, of Bricelyn, died July 28, 2008, at his home in Bricelyn. Funeral services were held July 31, 2008 at North Blue Earth Lutheran Church in Brush Creek Township, Faribault County. Pastor Ed Nieman and Pastor Patricia Hinkie officiated and burial was in the Church Cemetery, Brush Creek Township, Faribault County.
Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Bricelyn was in charge of arrangements.
Ronnie Lester Schaper was born Feb. 25, 1952, the son of Theron Lester “Skip” and Betty Arline (Udstuen) Schaper in Blue Earth. Ronnie was baptized in 1952 by Pastor H.K. Narium and confirmed in 1967 by Pastor Hefty in North Blue Earth Lutheran Church, where he was a life-long member. Ronnie attended Bricelyn High School, graduating in 1970. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on June 10, 1970. He served in Viet Nam and worked in the agent orange. He was honorably discharged March 14, 1973. After returning home, he worked for the railroad and the elevator. On September 7, 1996, he was united in marriage to Julie Beth Porter in Worth County, Iowa, and had one son, Chad. Ron farmed in the Frost and Bricelyn areas, and enjoyed living on his farm near Brush Creek. He loved working outdoors, gardening and motorcycling.
Ronnie is survived by his wife, Julie of Bricelyn, son Chad of Clarks Grove; mother Betty Schaper of Bricelyn; brother, Roger (Joyce) Schaper of Bricelyn; sisters, Loretta (David) Adix of Alden; Lois (Steven) Phyillaier of Quarryville, Pa., and Sandy (Scott) Breberg of Apple Valley; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and relatives on Julie’s side.
He was preceded in death by his father in 2004.