On April 23, 2012

Whisney, RonRONALD J. WHISNEY, 54, of Jackson passed away at the Sanford Jackson Hospital on Monday, April 23, 2012.  Memorial service will be on Friday, April 27, 2012 at 11:00 AM at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Jackson with Pastors Lance Isaacson and Bryan Simmons officiating.  Inurnment will be in Riverside Cemetery immediately following the service.

Visitation will be on Thursday, from 5 to 7 PM and on Friday – one hour prior to the service – all the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.

RONALD JOE WHISNEY was born on October 24, 1957 in Jackson, Minnesota, the son of Joe and Lilly (Rosenberg) Whisney. He graduated from Jackson High School in 1976.  As a Jackson Bluejay he played football, wrestled and was in track.  Ron was Homecoming King in 1975.  He continued his education at Worthington Junior College where he also played football and wrestled. He then transferred to Southwest State in Marshall, MN where he played football.  After college he returned to the family farm in rural Jackson where he farmed with his father and brother.  Ronald passed away at the Sanford Jackson Hospital on Monday, April 23, 2012 at the age of 54 years, 5 months and 30 days.

Ronald was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, where he was baptized and confirmed.  He was a member of the Enterprise Earners 4-H Club and Jackson FFA chapter. He enjoyed gardening and raising poultry. As a 4-H member he won several trips to the state fair showing poultry.  The MN State Fair became a tradition as the family vacation every year while he and his siblings were in 4-H and Ron continued the tradition of attending the state fair almost every year since those early days in 4-H.  Ron loved sports.  He enjoyed watching all sports, and attending sporting events.  Over the years, Ron attended several MN Vikings football games and went to the MN State High School football and wrestling championships for many years.  He participated in a bowling league in Jackson for several years and loved to play pool, even going to the Nationals in Las Vegas and Reno a few times.  Ron enjoyed gambling and playing black jack at several Minnesota and Iowa casinos.

Ronald is survived by his son, Joshua Ness of Everly, Iowa, his father, Joe Whisney of Jackson, a sister, Darlene (Jerome) Mages of North Branch, Minnesota, a sister-in-law, Anita Whisney of Alpha, three nieces, Laura Whisney of Minneapolis, Erica Whisney of New Haven , Connecticut, Ashley Mages, a nephew, Charles Mages, a great-niece, Elanor Mages all of North Branch, MN and several cousins and aunts.  Ron was also survived by several “gambling buddies” too numerous to mention, but you know who you are.

Ronald was preceded in death by his grandparents, his mother, Lilly and his brother, Dennis.

 Blessed be the memory of Ronald Joe Whisney.

8 Guestbook Entries for “RONALD J. WHISNEY”

  • Joe, Darlene and family,

    I just saw Ron at the state wrestling tournament and had a chance to talk with him for few minutes about Lilly and Dennis. I cannot imagine your loss and the sense of sorrow you must be experiencing. My thoughts and prayers for God’s strength are with you.


  • I miss ya already, Whish. Who am I gonna argue with now?

  • My condolences to Ron’s family and loved ones. I am a 1976 JHS classmate of Ron’s and this notice was just sent my way. Way too young to die. I hope it was not a sudden and tragic death. I will always remember him as the Homecoming King of our class!

  • Joe, Darlene and family,
    I have so many fond memories of Ron, although most of them were about the verbal banter we always went through when we saw each other. I know classmates (like me) have nothing but fond memories of Ron and always enjoyed talking about “the old days” with him. We did a lot of that at our reunion last summer, which I think he really enjoyed.
    My two sons also remember Ron from Dick’s Place and always enjoyed him. We all want to express our sympathy and tell you that Ron will be deeply missed.
    Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Val, Chris, Kyle Love

  • To the family of Ron,
    My thoughts and prayers are with Ron’s family and friends at this difficult time. I also was a classmate of Ron’s and will always remember his smile and laugh. Ron will be deeply missed by all who had the priviledge of knowing and loving him.

    Joni (Schlager) Hanson

  • This breaks my heart, and my prayers and those of my brothers and sisters go to Ron and his family. We all have such fond memories of Ron. He never failed to ask about how everyone else was…never talked without listening first, and always could make me laugh. From all the Halloran family we send our deepest condolences and fondest memories to Ron’s family.

    Walt Halloran

  • Joe and Ron’s family,
    The sorrow and grief your family has experience in this past year is unimaginable. I never had to opportunity to know Ron,\ or Dennis, but Joe has been a friend for many years. I send you my most sincere sympathy on your losses and hope that as time passes the pain will lessen.
    Pete Byam

  • To the Whisney Family,
    I did not know any of the family, except for Joe but I want to offer my deepest sympathy to all of you. You have had so much sorrow and sadness in the past few months. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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