Brenda Ronning

December 14, 2017

obit Brenda Ronning PhotoSept. 16, 1950 – Nov. 20, 2017

Brenda Bowena Ron­ning, age 67 of Brookings, South Dakota, passed away Monday, Nov. 20 at Good Samaritan Soci­ety in Clear Lake, South Dakota. Funeral services were 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 at Rude’s Funeral Home, Brookings. Visita­tion was 10 a.m. until the time of services at the fu­neral home.
Brenda Bowena Ron­ning was born Sept. 16, 1950, in Hendricks, the daughter of Eddie and Bowena (Prevo) Ron­ning. Brenda was bap­tized and confirmed at Calvary Lutheran Church in Hendricks. She at­tended country school in District 74 until the 4th grade. She continued her education at Hendricks Public School, graduat­ing in 1968. She was a 1972 graduate of USD with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology/Sociology, along with achieving an Associate Degree in Law Enforcement and Cor­rection, plus a minor in Math.
In 1973 she entered the U.S. Army and completed basic training at Ft. Mc­Clellan, Alabama. She also served at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri before being stationed at Rhein Mein Air Force Base, Ger­many. Brenda returned to Ft. McClellan for Criminal Investigation Command Training prior to being stationed in Seoul, Korea. Returning to Ft. Lewis, Washington, she received her honorable discharge in 1979. Brenda then moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota where she was employed for the Dept. of Labor. In 1981 she began her career with the Dept. of Social Services in Economic As­sistance. She transferred to the Brookings office in 1983, where she served the community until her retirement in 2014.
Brenda was an active member in the Brookings community and was also a member of Northern Plains Sustainable Ag As­sociation, the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, and the American Legion. She enjoyed gar­dening, organic farming with her brother Neal, and attending the Farm­ers Market.
Brenda is survived by her brother Donald Ron­ning of Nashua, New Hampshire; sister Joyce (Deven) Oldenburg of Rochester; nephews Kris (Suzanna) Oldenburg, Kyle Oldenburg, and Nich­olas Oldenburg; niece Re­becca Oldenburg; and her uncle, Harris Halstead.
Condolences may be sent to the family through www.rudesfuneralhome. com