Obituary: Ron Magnuson

HARBERT, MI (February 8, 2018) – Retired Covenant Pastor Ronald L. Magnuson, 86, died Tuesday, February 6.

Ron was born July 8, 1931, in New Britain, Connecticut. He attended North Park Junior College, earned a bachelor’s degree from Augustana College, a Master of Divinity from North Park Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry in organizational development from McCormick Theological Seminary.

He married Marlene Dahlstrom on December 10, 1954.

Ron served as assistant pastor and director of Christian education at Trinity Covenant Church in Oak Lawn, Illinois; Harbert Community Church for 26 years; and as chaplain and Bible teacher at North Park Academy. He also worked as a consultant for churches, including the Pacific Northwest Conference, where he was a “pastor to pastors.” He served on multiple national and regional Covenant boards and civic commissions.

Survivors include his wife; son Mark (Eileen) Magnuson; daughter Lisa Magnuson; and three grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, February 16, at Pike Funeral Home in Bridgman, Michigan. A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 17, at Harbert Community Church.

Memorial contributions should go to Harbert Community Church or the North Park Theological Seminary scholarship fund.

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  1. Ron was the first person every school morning I enjoyed listening to. A kind person who held his views and experiences for all to see. And yet always encourage everyone to develop and express ideas freely and with respect in his class. A great teacher and great man.

  2. Ron was simply a good man: realistic, optimistic, friendly, thoughtful, helpful, and a pleasure to have around. We are all better for having known him.

  3. I enjoyed singing in the choir with Ron and attending men’s Bible study. At Bible study, the room would go quiet when Ron would speak because of his wisdom. His comments were always right on. He walked the walk. Ron will be greatly missed. Thank you Ron, for being with us and sharing so much.

  4. Ron was a good friend and colleague in ministry. Years ago we had opportunities to share in services which was always most delightful. God had gifted him with the ability to get close to people and share the Gospel both personally and from the pulpit. Peace to his memory.

  5. Pastor Ron served “as Pastor” at Harbert Community Church. His smile and presence will be dearly missed at HCC. Well done good and faithful servant.

  6. I always enjoyed chapel at North Park Academy. He was very creative. We on the faculty often had to remind him that class started 5 minutes ago! He loved good conversation.

  7. He was a great counselor and friend. I will miss him. Marlene, may God’s Spirit comfort you in the days ahead.

  8. Ron was my North Park Academy Chaplain. He was one of several people who influenced me in hearing God’s call to me for ministry. Later (much later!) I served in the Great Lakes Conference when he was a pastor in the Conference! We renewed our friendship right away! Peace be to Ron’s memory.

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