Ronald Oscar Haavisto died peacefully at his home in Brook Park on Thursday, May 14, 2020. He was 83 years old.
He was born Aug. 1, 1936, to Oscar and Sidora (Sizer) Haavisto in Pine County. He attended Pine City High School and graduated in 1954. Directly after high school, he moved to the Twin Cities. While living with his Uncle Buck in the cities, he worked as a tractor mechanic for Cockshutt. During this time, he met and later was united in marriage to Bette Benson in July of 1955. The two of them had five children; James, Daniel, Laurie, Carrie and Vickie.
In October of 1959, the couple purchased an 80 acre farm in Pine City. He started a business of hauling canned milk to the creamery while farming and later also hauled cattle to the South St. Paul stockyard, as well as locally, for 33 years. In addition to hauling cattle, he also was hauling freight from the Twin Cities, all while keeping their dairy farm operation running. He appreciated all of his patrons, customers and friends that he worked with through his trucking career.
In 1969, his wife passed away due to a long illness. In 1970, he remarried, and in 1971, his son Troy was born. Ron continued to raise his family on the farm. In 1980, he met Debbie Ostenson, and together with her son Mark, they continued to farm and haul cattle. On March 23, 2001, the couple were married at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Pine City. During their marriage, they enjoyed frequenting auctions, caring for their animals, especially Troy’s dog Lola, traveling and special trips as well as spending time with their friends, family and grandchildren.
In July of 2017, the couple decided to leave farming and purchased a new home in Brook Park Township. In 2019, they made the decision to sell the homestead and live out their days in their new home.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents; parents, Oscar and Sidora Haavisto; wife, Bette Haavisto; brothers, Roger and Doug Haavisto.
He is survived by his wife, Debbie Haavisto of Brook Park; children, Jim (Pavinee) Haavisto of Turtle Lake, Wisconsin, Dan Haavisto of Rock Creek, Laurie (Ben) Novak, Carrie (Kevin) Haavisto-Hofstad and Vicki Haavisto all of Pine City, Troy Haavisto of Blaine and Mark (Kristy) Ostenson of Pine City; grandchildren, Jerrid Haavisto, Colton Haavisto, Todd Bjorklund, Eric Bjorklund, Ashley Martin (Sauter), Terron Novak, Jasirae Novak, Bo Novak, Tony Kohl, Chad Kohl, A.J. Ostenson and Lyncoln Ostenson; eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Steve (Sue) Haavisto and Richard Haavisto all of Pine City; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Beverly Chaffee of Hinckley, Ilene Haavisto of Rock Creek, Jim Ostenson of Alexandria, Ken (Connie) Ostenson, John Ostenson, David Ostenson, Joy Lewis, Helen Ostenson all of Mora, Karrie (Bob) Lietch of Minnetonka; many other relatives and friends.
Reverend Dr. Vicki VanderVegt will officiate at a private family service on Friday, May 22, 2020, with a time of visitation for friends and family planned from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 21, at the Swanson Funeral Chapel in Pine City. Burial will take place at Union Cemetery in Grasston.
Memorials in his memory may be directed to: Twin Cities Shriner’s Healthcare for Children-Twin Cities 2025 River Pkwy., Minneapolis, MN 55414 and/or Homeless & Wounded Warriors-MN 36200 Pondview Lane, Crosslake, MN 56442.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the: Funeral and Cremation Service of Pine City, Swanson Chapel.www.FuneralAndCremationService.com