Sherman Joseph “Sherm” Ronnei, 84, of Mondovi, passed away on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Health System, in Eau Claire.
Sherm was born on June 7, 1935, to the late S. Clarence and Martha (Wulff) Ronnei, in Eau Claire. Sherm was raised on the family farm in the Township of Naples. He attended grade school at Norden and graduated from Mondovi High School in 1953. Following high school, he attended college at River Falls with a scholarship in agriculture.
Sherm joined the Army National Guard in 1955, at Mondovi, and attended their weekly meetings. In 1961, this unit was called in for active duty for the Berlin Crisis and was stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash., until 1962. Sherm held rank of Specialist 5.
Sherm met the love of his life, Delores “Dee” Back, at the Fournier’s Ballroom in Eau Claire, and they were married April 26, 1958, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, in Eau Claire, Wis. After their marriage, they settled in Mondovi, where Sherm had his Land O’Lakes milk hauling business and Dee continued to work at National Presto, in Eau Claire.
At the age of 20, Sherm bought his first milk route from Tom Cook. He hauled milk for four years and then went into partnership with Ron Parr as “Parr and Ronnei”. In 1965, Sherm and Ron expanded their business by buying the Land 0’ Lakes city delivery route from Nick Cook and started home delivery service citywide in Mondovi. Shortly before Ron’s death, in 1982, they sold the city delivery route. Following Ron’s death, Sherm’s son Greg went into partnership with his dad forming “Ronnei Trucking”. In 1997, they sold all of the milk routes and Sherm retired after 43 years in the milk hauling business.
Sherm was a quiet and humble man who was always there for everyone.
He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Dee; children, Lori Ronnei, Greg (Tonia) Ronnei, Lisa (Steve) Stamm; sister, Christie Henry; brother, Donald (Margaret) Ronnei; sister-in-laws, Shirley Alf and Barbara Johnson; eight grandchildren, Chris (Jessica) Stamm, Kyle (Laura) Stamm, Parker (special friend Shannon) Stamm, Mitchell Stamm, Adrianna Stamm, Michael Stamm, Hailey Ronnei and Abigail Ronnei; six great-grandchildren, Carson, Chase, Collyns, Claire, Lily and Gaby Stamm; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Sherm was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Martha Ronnei; sister, Muriel Ronnei; in-laws, Estella and Earl Back; five sisters-in-law, Merle Rene, Verda Hicks, Lucille Holden, Edna Gibson and Marion Dickinson; niece, Dorothy Hicks; nephew, Michael Rene.
A memorial service was held at Central Lutheran Church, in Mondovi, on Sunday, Aug. 18, at 5 p.m., with Pastor Rolf Mork officiating with a two-hour visitation prior to the service. Burial will be at a later date at Trinity Lutheran Church of Norden.
Talbot Family Funeral Homes, in Mondovi, is assisting the family. Please share your memories and condolences online at www.talbotfuneralhomes.com.