Ronald “Ron/Ronnie” Charles Proodian, age 77 of Crosy died at Quiet Oaks Hospice, St Cloud, with his wife, Scena, and niece, Amy, by his side on March 24, 2020, from complications related to advanced kidney disease. He was born March 6, 1943, in Cambridge, MA, the second child of Charles and Josephine (Minasian) Proodian.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers-in-law: Robert, Merlin (Kip), Douglas (Dick) Nelson and Louis Schemmel; sisters-in-law: Janet Nelson and Janice Nelson; nieces Kari Glauvitz and Diane Mayer and nephews Ryan Mayer, Stephen Mayer, Jaime Nelson and Jerry Glauvitz.
Ron is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Scena; brother Richard (Carole); brothers-in-law Gerald, James, Wayne (Mary Ann), Bruce (Linda) and sisters-in-law Veronica Schemmel and Marilyn Nelson, and countless nieces and nephews….who he cherished and considered “his kids”. He was so very proud of their adventures and accomplishments.
Ron and his family lived in Watertown just outside Boston where he attended school. After high school, he worked in the Boston area manufacturing arena in production control and stock management for over 50 years. Ron and Scena were introduced to each other buy their mutual friend, Judy while attending an Armenian weekend on Cape Cod. They were married in 1978, at St. Joseph’s Church in Deerwood, MN, with a second reception in Watertown. During the first 31 years of their marriage, they lived in Arlington and Acton, MA. After retirement, Ron and Scena moved to Crosby, her home town in northern Minnesota, and built their dream house. Ron immersed himself in small town life, made many new friends, was involved in a variety of weekly card games, and supported local high school sports, especially basketball.
Ron loved his New England sports teams and faithfully followed them, especially the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox, even after moving to “Viking” country. He was very proud of his Armenian roots, the traditions, and especially the dances. He was an avid candlepin bowler and loved to play cards, especially Cribbage with his family and Smear with his new MN friends. He enjoyed family gatherings and loved to share his favorite movie musicals with visiting family.
A Celebration of Ron’s Life will be planned at a later date in Crosby, MN. Memorials preferred to Cuyuna Lakes Education Fund, CLEF – C-I District Office, 711 Poplar Street, Crosby, MN 56441 or Quiet Oaks Hospice House, 5537 Galaxy Road, St. Cloud, MN 56301.
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