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Ronald J. Strand

IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Ronald J. Strand, 89, a longtime resident of Ironwood Township and St. Augustine, Florida, passed away early Saturday morning, May 9, 2020, at his home.

Ronald was born on June 13, 1930, in Roselle, Illinois, and moved to Michigan with his parents at the age of seven.

He graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in Ironwood in 1948.

On Aug. 25, 1951, Ronald was united in marriage to Joan M. Heenan at Salem Lutheran Church in Ironwood.

Ronald worked at the Cary Mine, in the logging industry and then received a general contractor's license in 1981. He owned and operated R.J. Strand Construction until his retirement in 1996.

One of Ronald's favorite hobbies was restoring cars. For 40 years, he looked forward to spending winters at his home in the Sunshine State.

Ronald is survived by four daughters, Diane (Bob) Hodor, of North Carolina, Suzanne (Bruce) Hannula, Hancock, Debra (Jeffrey) Federico, Pine Lake, Wisconsin, and Tammy (Rod) Giackino, Ironwood Township; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; his son-in-law, Roger Zych, Ironwood Township; a sister, Joanne Mattson, Ironwood Township; a brother, John "Buddy," of Florida; his loving companion, Christine McGlothlen; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, John and Lovida Christine (Olsen) Strand; his beloved wife, Joan, on Oct. 13, 2017; a daughter, Yvonne Zych; and other family members.

No funeral service will be held.

Interment will take place at Sunset Acres Cemetery in Ironwood Township.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Jerald Rocco, owner and manager of Lakeside Memorial Chapel Inc., in Wakefield. Condolences may be expressed online at