Ronald W. Blomgren Sr.
Updated 10:20 am, Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Ronald W. Blomgren Sr., died Friday, Aug. 12, at Vassar Medical Center. He was 77.
Mr. Blomgren was born May 18, 1934, in Evanston, Ill. He was the son of Carroll and Geraldine (Traver) Blomgren.
Mr. Blomgren resided in Rhinebeck, N.Y., for the past several years and had previously lived in Darien and New Canaan for 35 years. While living in Darien he was a member of Woodway Country Club, Noroton Presbyterian Church and served on the boards of the United Way and Red Cross Darien chapters.
Mr. Blomgren graduated from North Carolina State University in 1954 and spent his career in the textile industry. He began his career with Deering Milliken in Spartanburg, S.C. and went on to become a vice president and marketing director in the New York City office. He worked for Milliken for 25 years. He then became president and executive vice president of marketing for J. Breed Clothing and Kim USA, and concluded his career in the textile business with 10 years as director of marketing for DuPont.
After leaving the textile industry he took his love of sports and started his own company, ICP, of which he was owner and producer of celebrity golf and tennis events from Florida to California. The first event he produced was a celebrity tennis event in Monte Carlo attended by the royal family and Prince Albert Rainier. He went on produce several more events the largest of which was the Hollywood California 100th Centennial Celebration and Celebrity Polo Match
Mr. Blomgren was an avid golfer and expert skier. He spent many winters skiing in Vermont with his family. He owned a house in Ludlow, Vt., for many years.
Mr. Blomgren was also an accomplished drummer; he played his entire life and performed solo Carnegie Hall when he was 16. He played with Buddy Rich, Dave Brubeck, Lionel Hampton and many more musicians.
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Mr. Blomgren is survived by his wife Diane Blomgren of Rhinebeck; his children: Lisa Blomgren Moseley her husband Peter L. Moseley, Sr., and their children Peter L. Moseley, Jr. and Molly Rice Moseley; Ronald W. Blomgren, Jr.; Justin Chasen Blomgren; Hannah Margaret Blomgren; Jackson Blomgren; Ryan Pickering; Devin Pickering; and Dillon Pickering. He was predeceased by his second wife, Jorja Lembke Blomgren.
Memorial services are Sunday, Aug. 28 at noon at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 371 Wurtemburg Rd., Rhinebeck, followed by interment in the St. Paul's Cemetery. A memorial service will also be scheduled at a later date in Darien.
Memorial donations may be made to Diane Blomgren, 88 Montgomery St., Rhinebeck, NY 12572, for an education fund to be established for Mr. Blomgren's children, Hannah and Jackson. To sign the online register visit dapsonchestney.com
Arrangements are under the direction of the Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, 51 W. Market St., Rhinebeck.