Harold Ryberg

September 24, 1931April 6, 2018
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Harold Ernest Ryberg, 86, of Duluth passed away peacefully Friday, April 6, 2018 at St. Mary’s Essentia Hospital. He was born on September 24, 1931 to Harold Ernest Sr. and Bessie (Martin) Ryberg (Berglund) in Duluth.

Harold was a 1949 graduate of Denfeld High School and served in the Army National Guard for nine years. After school he joined the International Union of Operating Engineers-Local 49, then worked for U.S. Steel Duluth Works, retiring after 30 years of service. He married the love of his life, Betty Piertz on December 26, 1953 in Duluth.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and traveling. Harold most enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Darlyne A. Struble of Grand Rapids, MN; and brother, Fredric J. Ryberg of Duluth.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 64 years, Betty Ryberg of Duluth; children, David Ryberg of Duluth, Barbara (Tim) Kolodge of Canosia, Nancy (Bruce) OBrien of Duluth, Jeffrey (Lee Ann) Ryberg of Gnesen Twp., and Timothy (Dottie Bisted) Ryberg of Duluth; grandchildren, Shiela (Robert) Bushey, Nicholas (Brenna) Walters, Joshua (Tiffany) Walters, Daniel OBrien, Laura (Mark) Jeranek, Stephanie (Tyler) Gemuenden, Joseph OBrien, Shayne Ryberg, Shelby Ryberg, and Emily (Dylan Beyer) Kolodge; 18 great grandchildren; and two half brothers, Kenneth (Roxanne) Ryberg of Coon Rapids and Paul Ryberg of Superior, WI.

Visitation: 10:00 until the 11:00 a.m. Funeral Service Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Bell Brothers Funeral Home, 601 N 56th Ave. West, Duluth. Interment will be in Bethany Cemetery at a later date. Please leave a memory of Harold or words of support for the family at


  • Betty Ryberg, Wife
  • David Ryberg, Son
  • Barbara (Tim) Kolodge, Daughter
  • Nancy (Bruce) OBrien, Daughter
  • Jeffrey (Lee Ann) Ryberg, Son
  • Timothy (Dottie Bisted) Ryberg, Son
  • Shiela (Robert) Bushey, Granddaughter
  • Nicholas (Brenna) Walters, Grandson
  • Joshua (Tiffany) Walters, Grandson
  • Daniel OBrien, Grandson
  • Laura (Mark) Jeranek, Granddaughter
  • Stephanie (Tyler) Gemuenden, Granddaughter
  • Joseph OBrien, Grandson
  • Shayne Ryberg, Grandson
  • Shelby Ryberg, Granddaughter
  • Emily (Dylan Beyer) Kolodge, Granddaughter
  • Harold is also survived by his 18 great-grandchildren; and two half brothers, Kenneth (Roxanne) Ryberg and Paul Ryberg.

  • Shayne Ryberg, Active Pallbearer
  • Nick Walters, Active Pallbearer
  • Josh Walters, Active Pallbearer
  • Robert Bushey, Active Pallbearer
  • Dan OBrien, Active Pallbearer
  • Joe OBrien, Active Pallbearer


  • Visitation Thursday, April 12, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, April 12, 2018

Harold Ryberg

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Dottie Bisted

April 10, 2018

Betty's 83rd Birthday

Gene & Claudia Piertz

April 9, 2018

Dear Betty & Family,

Gene and are I so saddened for your loss. We have many happy memories of time spent with Harold and all of you, birthday parties, camping, fishing, hunting and fun times spent at your cabin on Fish Lake, to name a few.

Our love and prayers are with you.
Love, Gene & Claudia

Lisa Loi Dunaiski

April 7, 2018

So sorry for your loss and the passing of your dad, you look a lot alike my friend
Your in our thoughts and prayers

Your Friend at Wells Fargo and co worker

Larry & Sandee Isaacson

April 6, 2018

Our deepest sympathy to Betty and all the family. My memories go back to your marriage and the countless family gatherings, of meals shared gallons of coffee drank and stories told. The numerous hunting trips and all the tricks and gags and teasing that went on. We could always count on Harold to join in to do what needed to be done, drag out deer pick us up to go on a hunt help push cars out of the mud and snow and try to keep this young trouble maker out of of trouble. When I was little I thought the Christmas carol was, Hark it’s Harold angels sing, it just sounded right. I will carry your memory with me on my next hunt in June up in Idaho for bear.
Rest easy till we meet again
Larry & Sandee