Ronald “Grog” Virgil Bengfort dies at 62

Ronald “Grog” Virgil Bengfort age 62 of Postville, formerly of St. Lucas, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, at his home of natural causes.

A Funeral Mass will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in St. Lucas with Rev. Kyle Digmann celebrating the Mass. Inurnment will be held following the Mass at the church cemetery.

Friends may greet the family from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017. Visitation will continue an hour prior to the Mass on Tuesday at the church.  Online condolences for Ronald's family may be left at

Ronald “Grog” Virgil Bengfort was born Jan. 5, 1955 in West Union, the son of Virgil and Linda (Wichman) Bengfort. He attended Turkey Valley Schools and was a 1973 graduate from Turkey Valley High School. It was in high school that Ronnie’s love for sports began. He was a remarkable athlete and excelled in football and basketball during his high school years. Outside of sports he enjoyed working on the farm. While in high school, Ronnie’s help was needed on the farm full time and he was ready to drop out of football, when his coach showed up on his door step begging him to stay on the team, which he did.

Following high school, he began driving truck for multiple area trucking companies, Lowe’s, Lynch’s and Mihm’s. Ronnie always enjoyed driving truck. He later started to work at Agriprocessors in Postville. Working hard and never missing work were two very important qualities to Ronnie.  

Sports remained important to Ronnie. While living in Postville he followed all the local area sports teams. It didn’t matter if it was football, basketball or even soccer, Ronnie enjoyed following the teams. He always knew the stats of the players, and people often wondered how he could keep all those stats and players straight. Along with following local sports teams, Ronnie enjoyed going to the YMCA to exercise.

Ronnie’s nieces and nephews were very important to him. He always kept in touch with them and followed their lives intently. Ronnie was also a huge Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes fan.

Ronnie is survived by one brother, Darrell (Pat) Bengfort of Weldon Spring, Mo; four sisters, Joan (Pete) Parker of Auburn, Neb., Jean Czerny of Englewood, Fla., Lois (Tom) Kuennen of Decorah, Mary Kay (Ron Larson) Stee of New Hampton; eleven nieces and nephews, Lisa (Noble) Scoville, Tim (Leah) Bengfort, Linda (Casey) Thurman, Jeff (Lisa Katherine) Parker, Jill (Ryan) Scanlon, Michele (Cliff) Davis, Daniele (Lewis) Taylor, Ted (Nicholle) Kuennen, Bobby (Ellie) Kuennen, Natasha (Kevin Schmitt) Rausch, Nathan (Sarah Leidahl) Stee; many great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one nephew, Steven Bengfort on February 4, 2001; two brother-in-laws, Larry Evans and Howard “Buckey” Czerny.


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