Ronald F. Dubbe, D.V.M.

Ronald F. Dubbe, D.V.M., of Waconia (formerly of Jordan), was born into eternal life on November 28, 2019, at the age of 81.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 1:00 PM with visitation from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM at Trinity Lutheran Church (601 East Second Street) in Waconia. Pastor Phil Wagner will preside, and Ron’s nephews, James Dubbe & Rodney Dubbe, will act as urn and flag bearer. Ron will be laid to rest at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Waconia.

On April 11, 1938, Ronald Frank Dubbe was born to parents Frank & Marie (Busse) Dubbe. Ron was the youngest of two boys, and he always looked up to his big brother Roger. Ron loved growing up in Lydia and spending time on the family farms where his lifelong love of animals began.

After graduating from Jordan High School in 1956, Ron enlisted in the Army. He proudly served in the Army until his honorable discharge. While enrolled at Mankato State University, Ron met the love of his life, Ellen Novotny. Their love grew quickly, and they exchanged wedding vows at St. John’s Church in Montgomery on November 1, 1958. This union was blessed with 61 happy years of marriage and three wonderful sons.

Ron continued his education at the University of Minnesota where he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree. Ron’s specialty was dairy. He practiced in Waconia with his business partners at Waconia Veterinary Clinic until 1980 when Ron took his own path and began speaking across North America to dairy farmers about dairy cow nutrition and care. Throughout his life Ron also pursued many other ventures, including several patents that pertained to dairy production and health and was also involved with Pine Products until 1997.

He was a hard worker and provided a good life for his family. Together they enjoyed many family camping trips and lots of time spent at their cabin in Aitkin County. Ron always set a wonderful example for his family. He taught his boys the value of a strong faith and the importance of family.

Ron was a selfless man. He gave so much of himself to his family, profession and the community. Ron was President of the Congregation at Trinity Lutheran. He also served on the Stewardship and Building Committees. Ron served on Waconia Ridgeview Hospital Board for 11 years and also served on Mayer Lutheran High School Board of Directors. He also dedicated much of his time to professional groups both locally and nationally. Ron had a servant’s heart and was always willing to share his time and talents.

When Ron finally retired, he was able to spend more time with his family. Ron had a unique relationship with each of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He invested in each relationship and loved all of them deeply. Ron was so proud of his boys and their families. Ron also enjoyed reading, learning and making new friends. He was a talented woodworker and spent many hours creating beautiful pieces in his shop.

Although Ron had many hobbies, family and faith were the most important things in his life. Ron was a devout Christian, and his family takes comfort knowing that he was greeted in Heaven by his Lord and Savior.

Ron will be remembered always for his curious spirit, strong integrity and the way he found delight in the people around him. His memory now lives in the heart of his wife, Ellen Dubbe; sons, Larry (Diane) Dubbe, David (Kara) Dubbe, Michael Dubbe; grandchildren, Aaron (Laura) Dubbe, Tyler (Cassie) Dubbe, Ben (Bailey) Dubbe, Chad (Megan) Dubbe, Jenna (David) Rains, Philip (Melissa) Dubbe, Hannah Dubbe; great-grandkids, Caleb, Calie, Colbi, Hailey, Hazel, Ivan, Veda Jane, Patrick, Olwen, Mac, Jace, Brynn, Alyse, Will, Reese; brother, Roger Dubbe; other loving relatives and many dear friends. Ron was preceded by his parents, Frank & Marie Dubbe; sister-in-law, Glorianna “Glo” Dubbe.

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  1. My deepest sympathy to Ellen and the boys and all the family of Ron of which he was so proud. This is a terrible shock to all of us of the class of 56 of Jordan High. He will be missed by all of you I am sure. He was so crafty and said he made many things for all of you to remember him by. I wonder how many things he had started for Christmas. Ellen I am sure he will be watching over you from Heaven. Our prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.

  2. John & Linda Richards

    Ellen and Family you have our deepest sympathy. Ron was a very dear and special friend and will be deeply missed by all who knew him. We shared great times when we met for lunch and spent time up north at the cabin. Those times will be greatly missed.

  3. Mike and family, I am so sorry, my deepest condolences to you. Prayers to you all.

  4. Sue and Gene Lieser

    Rod,
    What a blessing so have such a wonderful man for your Dad. Peace and strength is our prayer for you and your family. He is with his sweet Jesus.
    Sue and Gene

  5. Dear Mike and family,
    My deepest sympathies for your loss.
    Thoughts, [virtual] hugs and prayers sent
    For you all. May God’s angels surround you
    At this time and offer you peace.
    Erica

  6. Bob & Mary Ann Dietl

    Ellen & Family,
    I was so sad to hear about Ron’s passing this weekend. He was a wonderful classmate & colleague. We sure enjoyed getting together over the years and our 50th CVM class reunion in 2016. I put his name in the prayer book today at church. I’m sorry we can’t be with you to celebrate his life 12/7 , but will be there in spirit. We pray that your family find comfort and strength during this time.
    Bob & Mary Ann Dietl CVM66

  7. Ellen and all of your family, our deepest condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Gary and Joanne Mellgren

  8. Ellen and Ron’s family,
    What a fine man. I think of the good times we had together with Donna and Leon. I am grateful for those times and being at Trinity. May all your times, adventures and laughter comfort you today and tomorrow. I will try to come on Saturday.
    Mercy, grace and peace

  9. Memories of life in Lydia abound; I Ron and Orville are talkin dairy. My prayers and condolences to your family as tHe Lord Holds you in tHe palm of is Hand.

  10. Dear Ellen and family,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. You we’re blessed to be a part of his life. Prayers to all for comfort and strength.
    Sandy Carlton-Krueger
    PS. I think of Don and Hazel often. Great memories.

  11. Gloria Katzmarek

    Ron and I share a love of nature. My husband and I were fortunate to be neighbors on Townline Lake with Ron and Ellen. He sold us the lot next door to them and I will always be indebted to him for our little piece of heaven on earth. I will especially miss his updates on the bird and animal visitors that we delighted in seeing in our yards.
    You couldn’t ask for better neighbors than Ron and Ellen. Life at the lake will never be the same.
    Ron will be greatly missed.

  12. Tim & Jan Elledge

    We have lost a wonderful friend at the lake. I am glad we got to share a wonderful evening with Ron and Ellen not too long before he passed. We always enjoyed Ron’s many stories of their life’s adventures. They always made you feel welcome, warm and cozy at their cabin.
    Our hearts go out to Ellen and the family now in this difficult time. We love you,Ellen, and will miss Ron.

  13. Mark and Karen Bell

    Ron will always be remembered for his cheerful demeanor and infectious smile! We have many memories of Ron at the lake and he and Ellen were always gracious hosts at their cabin. Best wishes to his family and friends! P.S. He also mixed a mean Tom and Jerry! God speed Ron!

  14. Mike and family, I am so sorry for the passing of your father. I have fond memories of your dad as he came to our farm and took care of our horses. I enjoyed it when he explained the conditions he was treating and his calm and caring demeanor. What a great dr. My thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Joy Adams

  15. David and Kara and Family,
    I am so very sorry to hear about the sudden passing of your father. Please find comfort in knowing that you have friends that care about you and your family. I pray for comfort and peace for you during this very difficult time. Allow yourself much Grace as you start to wrap your head around this loss and start the grieving process.
    Big hugs for you and prayers for all of you during this very difficult time. Love from, Lisa and Rob Ingvalson

  16. Nan and John Sollo

    David, Kara and wonderful family,
    May tomorrow’s worship service offer comfort, grace and joy to one another as you remember Ron well.
    What a blessing to have everyone there to surround Ellen with love- Encourage each other, share laughter and tears and give thanks for the God that gathers us in love. Our prayers and sincere wish for Christ’s peace for all of you. With love and thanks to God for the gift that Ron was to this world.
    Nan and John Sollo

  17. My sympathy to Ron’s family on his passing. He was one of my classmates in veterinary school and it was fun to be around him. He was a hard working and positive, upbeat man. Blessings to your family.
    Dick Faivre, CVM1966

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