Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such, the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ.
Ronald Leo Roehl was born on October 20, 1933, God’s gift to Ervin Roehl and his wife Leona nee’ Hornburg. The Spirit of God gave Ron a part in the first resurrection, the rebirth of his soul from spiritual death through the gracious washing of Baptism. That faith was nourished by Christian education in his home-life, along with his two older brothers, Bob and Larry. That education was also supplemented by his faithful attendance at church and Christian Day School. He was confirmed in the Christian faith in 1947. Ron went on to Winnebago Academy for his High School years and then attended Bethany College in Mankato, MN graduating in 1954 with a degree in teaching. Throughout his life, Ron enjoyed all kinds of sports including basketball, football, baseball and track. He was a Junior college All-American in basketball and in 2008 was inducted into the Bethany College Hall of Fame.
Revelation 19:9 Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.”
On July 6, 1957, the Lord Jesus united Ron in a Christ-centered marriage with Eunice nee’ Naumann and the two were lifelong companions traveling the path through life and toward heaven. They were blessed with one daughter and three sons.
Teacher Ron began his teaching career in the Kingdom of God by starting a grade school in Granada Hills, CA. He then was a teacher and coach at Fox Valley Lutheran High School in Appleton, WI.
Revelation 14:13 Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”
Christian Ron, in 1959, became a founding member of the Church of the Lutheran Confession where he served many roles in the new church body. He was a delegate to most of the synod’s conventions. He acted as the Convention Moderator for 22 years. He was a member of various boards and committees throughout his lifetime. He likewise served his present church, Messiah Lutheran, as a voter, as president, as a member of different boards, and as Sunday School Superintendent.
Professor Ron, in 1960, accepted the call to labor in the newly formed Immanuel Lutheran High School in Mankato, MN. In 1963, he was part of the school’s move to Eau Claire, WI. Ron was not only an effective teacher, he also was a fatherly and loving mentor to young people going through a variety of struggles. He labored for Immanuel (and Jesus, THE Immanuel) in a number of ways outside of the classroom. He spent many seasons as coach for basketball, baseball and track, served as Dean of Students for 20 years, developed the first computer system for the campus, and was integral in expanding the school’s curriculum in a variety of ways. Any way he could find to serve, he did including cleaning and maintaining the fish pond and getting the flag to half-staff when appropriate.
Citizen Ron served his community by helping to establish the Lowes Creek Little League and as a long-time election poll worker.
Throughout all the various ways Ron served, he always had a mild and gentle spirit but knew when to be firm, all for the Christian welfare of others.
Revelation 22:14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may enter through the gates into the city.
On January 19 of this year, Ron’s dear wife Eunice entered the gates of heaven. Little did we know that God’s plan called for Ron to enter the same heavenly gates only 48 days later. In the last minutes of March 8, after a couple of weeks with health problems, Ron’s earthly journey of 85 years, 4 months and 16 days ended with the Savior’s special gift of eternal life. His body was cremated and awaits its resurrection on the Last Day. In addition to his wife of 61 years and his daughter Laurie, Ron was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Bob and his wife Jeanette, and sister-in-law Charlotte Roehl.
The members of Ron’s family who are still in their time of God’s grace are:
his son Ross and his wife Lynette of Eau Claire and their 2 daughters;
his son Mike and his wife Sandy of Bismarck, North Dakota and their 2 daughters and 1 son;
his daughter’s family, Dean Marzofka of Menomonie, Wisconsin, and their 2 daughters and 1 son;
his son Dan and his wife Jennifer of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and their 3 daughters;
his brother Larry of Campbellsport, Wisconsin;
seven great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and a host of former students and friends, especially in his church family, near and far.
Revelation 22:7 [Jesus said] “Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”
A Victory Service celebrating the many blessings in Ron’s life will be held on Saturday, March 16th, at 11:00 a.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church, 2015 N. Hastings Way in Eau Claire. Visitation will be one hour before service. Memorials will benefit various needs of Immanuel Lutheran College, as determined by Ron’s family. They may be addressed to: ILC — Ron Roehl Memorial, 501 Grover Road, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701.
Chippewa Valley Cremation Services-Celebration of Life Center in Altoona is serving the family. To offer online condolences please visit, www.chippewavalleycremation.com.