Ronald   Sundberg
Ronald Sundberg

July 19, 1926 - December 25, 2017
Resided in Madrid, Iowa
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Ronald J. Sundberg, 91, of Madrid, Iowa, died Monday, December 25, 2017, at the Madrid Home.

Ron was born to Milton and Hattie (Johnson) Sundberg on July 19, 1926, in Des Moines, Iowa, the second of three sons. He graduated from Madrid High School in 1943 and worked for the F.B.I. in Washington D.C., El Salvador, and Brazil. Upon his return he graduated from Drake University in 1949 and worked for Bankers Life Company briefly until his employment with the Norwalk-Cumming State Bank in 1950. That same year, he married Sally Lanning after a four-year courtship and she received her first teaching contract in Norwalk. Both careers were interrupted while he served two years in the Marine Corps in the San Francisco Bay area. Ron and Sally returned to live in Norwalk until the spring of 1957 when he joined the City State Bank in Madrid.

Ron worked on the Community Chest, held all offices of the Madrid Development Corp., and was a member of the Madrid Lion’s Club for 60 years. He served 11 years as Treasurer of St. John’s Lutheran Church, and 18 years on the Boone County Hospital Board.
He maintained a life-long interest in travel and music. Ron specialized in music of the Big Band era and maintained a membership with the Glenn Miller Society. Early on, he played in several bands around Norwalk. He knew the history of swing music and Glenn Miller quite well, and couldn’t resist a good piano bar where he knew all the words.

Ronald was preceded in death by his parents, his older brother Robert, his younger brother Raymond, his wife Sally (1995), and Daughter-in-Law Jane Ann Sundberg (2016).

He leaves to mourn his passing two sons: Mark (Susan) Sundberg of Lacey, WA and John Sundberg of Augusta, GA; grandsons: Ryan, Eric; granddaughter Danielle Peterson and great granddaughter Zoe Peterson; many cherished relatives and special friends.

A Memorial Gathering will be held on Friday, January 12, 2018 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM at the Sundberg-Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Madrid. Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, January 13th at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Madrid. Burial of the cremains will be in the Hillsdale Cemetery in Madrid.

Ron’s wish is that memorials be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Madrid, the Madrid Home, or the Madrid Educational Foundation.

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Sundberg - Kirkpatrick
202 S. Market Street
Madrid, IA US 50156
Friday, January 12, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Memorial Service
St. John's Lutheran Church -- Madrid
104 South Market St
Madrid, IA 50156
Saturday, January 13, 2018
11:00 AM


Madrid Home
613 W. North Street
Madrid, IA US 50156
Madrid Educational Endowment Fund
St. John's Lutheran Church
104 South Market Street
Madrid, IA US 50156