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Ronald "Crusher" Hegstrom


December 27, 2022

Ronald "Crusher" Hegstrom

December 15, 1959 ~ December 20, 2022 (age 63)

Ronald L. “Crusher” Hegstrom, age 63, of Redby, MN, died on Tuesday, December 20, 2022, in Bemidji, MN.

Ronald was born on December 15, 1959, in Red Lake, MN, to Aaron and Veronica (Donnell) Hegstrom. He attended school in Red Lake until enlisting in the United States Army, spending much of his time in Germany until his honorable discharge. Ron worked as a bus driver for the Red Lake School District for many years. He was athletic and enjoyed golfing, hunting, riding motorcycle, was on several softball leagues over the years and volunteered as the coach for his daughter’s basketball team. Ron and his family looked forward to their annual Moondance Jam concert weekend every summer and he loved spending time with his grandchildren, Erin, June, Tone, Daysen and Wade. Above all, he loved his children and grandchildren who will be remembered as a kind, caring, giving man by his family.

He is lovingly remembered by his mother, Veronica Hegstrom; daughter, Kristen (Dustin Beaulieu) Hegstrom; brothers: Louie and Charles Hegstrom; grandchildren: Erin, Dustin, Jr., D’Anthony, Daysen, D’Wade, Deanthonaya, Derek, Jr., and Yaqin; nieces and nephews: Michael, Sr., Sondra, Marla, Charles, Jr. and Elizabeth Hegstrom; as well as many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Aaron Hegstrom; son, Anthony Hegstrom; and two brothers: Bruce and Mike Hegstrom as well as many friends.

The wake will begin at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, December 27, 2022, at the Redby Community Center and continue until the service at 1:00 P.M. on Thursday, December 29, 2022, with Father John Christianson officiating. Active casketbearers will be: Myron Cobenais, Sr., Shawn Chaboyea, Sr., Mike Beaulieu, Steve Garrigan, Dan Cook, Mike “Pinky” Hegstrom, Sr., Rob Pemberton, Sr., Scott Pemberton, Sr., Dustin Beaulieu, Jr., Dustin Beaulieu, Sr., Wayne Fisher, Jr., and alternates: D’Anthony Beaulieu, Pat Norquay, Charles Hegstrom, Sr. Honorary casketbearers will be: Thern Hegstrom, Louie Hegstrom, Sr., Erin Hegstrom, Daysen Beaulieu, D'Wade Beaulieu, Kristen Hegstom, Alecia Cook, Deanthonaya Hegstrom, Derek Beaulieu, Jr., Yaqin Sobhy, Russel “Russ” Smith, Bill Rutledge, Gary Dudley, Crystal “Cobie” Cobenais, Sheila Cook, Julie Cook, Charise Schoenborn, Dolan Donnell, Willie Marthaler, Lee “Tum Tum” Fier, members of his softball leagues: Minnesota Chipps, Red Lake Fire, Redby Redskins and CBS / Giovannis. Burial will be at the Hegstrom family burial grounds in Redby. Arrangements by Whispering Pines Funeral & Cremation Service of Walker & Hackensack, MN (


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