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Ronald Bucholz

Ronald Bucholz, age 90, of Carrington, ND, passed away on Thursday, October 15, 2020, at Sanford Health in Fargo, ND.

Ronald Charles Bucholz was born on September 24, 1930, at home in Grygla, MN, to Fred and Minnie (Franzman) Bucholz. He attended grade school in Grygla and graduated from Goodridge High School in 1948. After high school, Ronald worked construction at the Garrison Dam, Reserve Mining at Silver Bay, MN, and at the Fallon Dam in Texas. He was then drafted into the Marines in 1952, under the 3rd Division Marines, and served in the Korean Theater from 1952-1954. He was honorably discharged in 1954. Upon his discharge, he went to work for Standard Oil in Moorhead, MN.

Ronald married the love of his life, Marilyn Mae Engelstad, on December 27, 1956, in Gatzke, MN. In 1958, they moved to Grace City, ND, to run the Standard Oil Bulk Plant. Later, he bought out Standard Oil, which became Bucholz Oil until his retirement in 1996. After his retirement, he moved from Grace City into Carrington.

Ronald was an active member at Grace City Lutheran Church in Grace City and then at Trinity Lutheran Church in Carrington, and he sponsored the Bucholz Oil Bowling team. He enjoyed fishing and following high school activities. He joined the Carrington Senior Center and enjoyed playing pinochle, cards, and pool. He was also a life member of the VFW and American Legion.

He was a huge Twins Baseball fan. A highlight for him was a game that he attended with three generations of family and being circled by Bert. Ronald also received a 90th Birthday Wish from the Twins team.

Ronald will be greatly missed by his four children, Lori (Darwin) Solberg, Carrington, Charles (Maureen) Bucholz, Fargo, ND, Bob (Jody) Bucholz, West Fargo, ND, and Jodi (Kevin) Gader, Bismarck, ND; 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law Jeanette Bucholz, Grand Forks, ND.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Marilyn; three sisters, Lorraine (Harold) Finey, Faye (Harvey) Ness, Jean (Morris) Stenberg; and a brother, Harley Bucholz.


A Visitation will be Monday, October 26, 2020, 9:00AM – 5:00PM at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington.

Private Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Carrington.

Burial will be at the Carrington Cemetery, Carrington.

Posted Condolences:


  1. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I have such fond memories of your dad. Always enjoyed when he came to fill fuel and looked forward to chats with him. Such an upbeat guy!! And I was always impressed by how caring he was towards Marilyn during difficult times. What a blessing and example he has been to so many!

  2. Ron will be sorely missed as a compassionate and loyal friend. He
    was a welcome regular at the senior center. Wes Kahl and Mabel Dockter

  3. Dear Bucholz family, saddened for your loss of a wonderful man. His children are such a fine example of their father. Ron was so kind and always with a smile. When Ron would deliver fuel, he would be rushed by a pile of kids who knew Ron would talk to them and treat them like a grandfather. Such a loving man.
    Whenever i see Chuck or Bob at a Bison sporting event, I’m reminded of their dad with their smile and gentle nature. Ron’s care of Marilyn was so admired by all in the community. All my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    All my love Gary

  4. Kimm said it well.
    Hugs to all.

  5. I am so going to miss seeing Ron around town. Got to know him about 15 years ago while working at the Sr. Center. Total respect and admiration for how he took care of Marilyn. Especially enjoyed laughing with him. He will be missed by many.

  6. Heartfelt sympathy for all of you right now. Keeping you all in my thoughts at this difficult time.

  7. To the Bucholz family–My Thoughts and prayers are with you. Knew him from the Senior Center only but did enjoy
    him with his stories and of course, playing cards (which he was so good ). He will be missed!

  8. We are so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. What a great guy and such a warm personality! When I first started at the Chamber office, he came in one day after our Independence Day parade and had printed a photo of our Chamber float and gave it to me. Always thinking of others – that was Ron! Happy for Marilyn and Ron being together again in Heaven! Prayers go out to the entire family.

  9. Everybody has said it all about Ron. A very nice man!

  10. Solberg Family,

    We were so sorry to hear of the passing of your father and grandfather. Your dad was such a kind man, & he so lovingly cared for your mother all those years. He was such a good example for all who knew him.
    Our Deepest Sympathy,

    Steve & Jane Metzger

  11. Bob (and Judy), your Microsoft family extends our deepest condolences for the loss your family is feeling. We are grateful you have each other for support and to share the memories and experiences of such a kind and loving man.

    Your Microsoft Team

  12. Solberg family,
    Our deepest condolences on the loss of your father. He was a great example for all of us. He was a very caring and kind man. May your loving memories help you through this difficult time.

  13. Our deepest sympathy to all of Ron’s family. A great friend who will be greatly missed. Roger and Linda

  14. Dear family of Ron,
    So sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. He was such a kind, loving, giving and sincere man. He will be missed by anyone that knew him. He can now be with Marilyn, the love of his life.
    Barb and Terry

  15. It was always an inspiration to watch Ron bring Marilyn in to vote over the years that I served on the election board. He was always a good example for the rest of us.

  16. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We have very fond memories of times spent at your house with your dad there. He was a great conversationalist and a great sense of humor. Ron will be greatly missed. Hold close your memories. Take care.


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