Ronald C. Raths


Ronald Clifford Raths, age 62, died Thursday, February 24 2022 surrounded by loved ones at Mayo Clinic Hospital, St Marys Campus after a courageous battle with vocal cord, voice box and lung cancer.

Ron was born on June 28, 1959 in Owatonna, MN to Howard and Ruby (Fick) Raths. He started school in Claremont, MN and continued his education in Zumbrota, MN when his family moved there 1965. He grew up on a farm and loved the outdoors his whole life. He loved fishing, hunting, and camping. He was passionate about cars, fixing things, football, baseball, NASCAR, family, and friends. Shortly after high school at the age of 19 due to a swimming accident he became quadriplegic. He was frustrated for several years after but chose to move forward with optimism and ambition to be something. He became a proud grandfather November 18, 2019 and again on June 9, 2021. Fulfilling his big dream of becoming a grandpa.

Ron is survived by his son, Trinity (Rebekah Grace); grandson, Emry Boyd; granddaughter, Maya Ruby; sister, Peggy (Bob) Tri; sister-in-law, Nancy; and nieces and nephews.

Ron is preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Ruby; and brother, Don.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, March 12, 2022 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 1549 East Avenue, Zumbrota, MN. Pastor Eric Westlake will officiate.

Rochester Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories and condolences of Ron may be shared at

6 thoughts on “Ronald C. Raths

  1. I’m so sorry..know ron over 45 years.. so many memories and lots of fun .. we all fall away from people we love..but come back ..awhile ago I started a yearly vist..on my birthday..Ron would give me that look ..say..ohoh. must be your birthday..well 3/14 will toast with’s my birthday..
    Will be missed..patti…

  2. Farewell old friend, with so many memories and experiences shared through the years, I feel as if I’ve lost a brother, friend and confidant. From the mountains of Northern California to the shores of Bowstring lake and every pond, creek and river in between. Your love of nature and sense of adventure was never slowed by your physical limitations. You dreamed big and were so very proud of your son and wife as well as your beautiful grandchildren. Rest easy and fly high with the angels, until we meet again.

  3. I will miss him so much.Thank you Both so much for kindness. I remember being such a little kid staying up late. So tired.

  4. Dear Ron,
    We had great times on the farm! You taught me how to shoot squirrels, pull thistles, swing in the hay loft and grow special medicinal plants! You will be missed! See you on the other side ❤️

  5. A true friend lost, I have some wild memories of the times we shared, some were life changing and others we just hung out. But none the less, I love that guy and will miss him greatly, until we meet again ❤️

  6. I can’t believe your gone . You were such a wonderful friend even threw all my hard times you still excepted me. I’ll always remember you and your love for Eagles. You were an amazing man .

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