Ronald L. Giesen

January 14, 1959 - November 1, 2018

Ronald L. Giesen, age 59, of New Prague, died suddenly with his family at his side on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Health System – St. Mary’s Hospital Campus in Rochester.  Ron was born the ninth of eleven children on January 14, 1959 in New Prague to William F. and Helen M. (Maguire) Giesen.  He was raised in the Union Hill area, graduated from New Prague High School, and went on to attend NEI College of Technology.  Ron started with MVE and continued on when it became Chart Industry.  He had just celebrated his 40thyear with the company and currently served as Senior Service Technician-Microbulk Mobiles & Meters. He was also a proud and dedicated public servant for almost 30 years as an EMT with the New Prague Ambulance.


Ron was a member of St. John’s Church Choir.  He was very active in youth sports and was a wonderful mentor to countless young people in coaching baseball, hockey, and basketball.  His love of sports saw him playing Union Hill baseball his entire life, most recently with the Union Hill Pitbulls.  He enjoyed all Minnesota sports teams but the Gophers held the number one spot in that category!  The greatest joy in his life, however, came from his children and grandchildren; he was so proud of all their accomplishments and activities and could easily have been given the grandpa of the year award!


Ron is survived by his fiancé, Debe Bohnsack of New Prague; children, Brent (Lydia) Giesen of Duluth, Eric Giesen & fiancé, Krysten Heaslip of Waconia, Madison Giesen of New Prague; step-children, Jessica Bohnsack (Bryan) of Mineral Point, WI, Ashlee (David) Bernau of Fountain, MN, Brittany (Brett) Johnson of New Market Elko; grandchildren, Bryden, Rylie, Brianna, Reid, Addison, Miles, Carter, Trevor, Devin; siblings, Joan (Larry) Kitlen of Temple, TX, William (Noreen) Giesen of New Prague, Edward (Linda) Giesen of Shakopee, Gary (Sonie) Giesen of Lagrangeville, NY, Dolores (Kenny) Kalina of Le Center, Kevin (Patty) Giesen of New Prague, Andrea Hall of Springfield, MO, Daniel (Deneen) Giesen of Mohnton, PA, Leo (Jodi) Giesen of New Prague, Helen (Skip) Hawn of San Antonio, TX.  He is preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, Ernie Hall.


Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 10:00 AM at St. John’s Catholic Church in Union Hill with Father Kevin Clinton officiating. Eulogies will be delivered at church at 9:45.  Visitation will take place Monday from 4-8 PM and Tuesday morning from 7:30 – 9:15 AM at Bruzek Funeral Home.  Burial will occur at St. John’s Cemetery followed by lunch at the KC Hall.

26 Replies to “Ronald L. Giesen”

  • Having just learned today of Ron’s passing I was shocked and deeply saddened. My deepest condolences go out to Debe, Ron’s entire family and his close friends and coworkers. My connection with Ron was as a fellow member of a men’s support group where we shared in fellowship, friendship and support for one another. We shared in our struggles, in our successes, in our joys and our sorrows. During metings Ron had great insights, supportive comments and a witty sense of humor to lighten the mood. We often shared about events and activities from work and family where I would gain a personal glimpse into those people who were most important to him. The love of family and commitment to become the best version of himself was evident in the work Ron did.
    I found a unique and uncanny connection to Ron through the similar stories we would share in group. I always looked forward to seeing Ron knowing that we shared a deep and meaningful relationship in our common support for each other and all members of our group.
    I will miss Ron’s smile and his welcoming greetings. I will miss his kind words and message of hope.
    Ron was a great man who I am grateful to have met and spent the time I did with him.
    I pray for eternal peace and joy for Ron in heaven and consolation for those who will miss him dearly until they are reunited with him again.
    God Bless!!

  • Our prayers and condolences to all Ron’s family and loved ones; may he Rest In Peace. And may his memory, and the joy, love and compassion he is remembered for continue to inspire us all to share more of the same.

  • So sorry to hear about Ron’s passing. He and I shared a love of old rock and roll music and talked about it at work often. He was a great guy.

  • To Dolo and all your family:
    Dearest sympathy. His heavenly family was waiting for him. He will be missed as a classmate as well as a Wonderful person from what I am reading!
    Memories and smiles of all the great times.

  • So sorry for your loss. Not only was Ron my boss for 5 years but we became friends also. I truly met my match when talking about sports. We had some great conversations and we bantered back and forth when talking about our teams. Although I did not meet any of Ron’s family I believed I knew you all because he always talked about family. I am sorry that I cannot be there for the funeral but when I can get back there I will definitely come visit you all. Rest in peace my friend

  • I am not able to attend services I have a bad sore throat. Just wanted to extend my condolences to Debe and the families. Ron was such a great guy. He always had a smile. I have a lot of fun memories with him at Chart get together’s. He will be missed by many.

  • So sorry for your loss. The world lost a great person today. He was my boss for almost 3 years and I have never met someone so fair and willing to help anyone. He will be greatly missed at work. The world is a little dimmer today, but heaven got a little more fun. Rest in peace my friend.

  • My sympathy to Ron’s family. He was blessed with a unique quality very few have- whenever you were around him you always felt better about yourself. You will be missed my friend.

  • My deepest sympathy to Ron’s entire family. Ron was an inspiration to many and was always willing to go above and beyond to make sure he was satisfying the needs of a customer or a friend. His contagious smile and laugh would light up the room and get everyone engaged. Ron will be missed by all but he has left an everlasting mark in so many lives, mine included.

    Roger Hansen

  • To all the family members of a wonderful man, I’m so sorry for your loss. Ron was a very kind man. God Bless, hugs and prayers for healing.

  • Deb
    My sympathies to you and your family. I hope you can find some relief from the grief you and your family are experiencing knowing Ron touched the lives of many in this community , his co workers at Chart Industries and the Chart customers he severed. He will always be remembered by his ablity to give his best effort with blending hard work, technical skills and humor in difficult situations. He will be missed by all

    Terry Rezac

  • I am so sorry for the loss of Ron, one of kind that is fore sure. Carry his memory with you as he will always be with you in spirit. I will not be in town to attend the services, but know that I will be thinking of the entire family on Tuesday. God Bless!

  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ron’s family and friends. I met Ron about 19 years ago when my husband began as an intern at Chart. It was always my favorite to see him during Dozinky Days and the Chart Christmas parties. He was a great man!

    Warmest regards,
    Katie Schmoeckel


  • Our hart and prayers goes out to all of you guys the these in these times. I have worked with Ron for about 13 years. He is a great man and mentor. He will be missed for years to come.
    So sorry for your loss
    Ben & Sandy Morrison

  • My prayers go out to all of Ron’s loved ones. I will always remember him with a great smile on his face and a friendly hello to everyone he met. I am so sorry for your huge sudden loss.

  • I am at a complete loss of how to express my condolences for your loss. I have known Ron the whole time (16 yrs) that I’ve been with Chart and I worked with him off and on for many of those years. We worked directly together for 3 years and were only one cube apart during that time and I must admit that was probably the the funnest time I’ve ever spent working so closely to someone in my entire career anywhere. We shared a common sense of humor that left us frequently peeing in our pants laughing but I’m sure that anyone reading this has similar stories as that seems to be Ron’s greatest attribute… having fun and enjoying people. His loss is still unimaginable that I’ll continue to process for some time to come but I’ll use his memory to serve as a reminder to cherish those I love and to open myself to others that enjoy humor as that is what Ron would want. RIP my friend… As hard as it is to say goodbye, I just wanted you to know that you had an impact on my life and I will work that much harder to make others smile as you did.

  • Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. Ron was one of a kind and will leave a big hole at Chart forever.
    He always had the most positive attitude and I will cherish all of our memories working together.
    Rest in peace my friend you will be missed forever. Thankful to know we have such an awesome Angel
    watching over us all.

  • Our heart felt condolences to Ronald’s immediate and all of the Giesen family. May the departed soul rest in eternal peace.

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