Ron Vande Zande

Date of Death: Dec 27, 2021
 
Ron Vande Zande

1943 - 2021

Ron Vande Zande, a man who dedicated his life to serving others and loving his family and friends, passed peacefully December 27, 2021 with his family at his side at the age of 78.

Ron was born November 14, 1943 the son of Earl and Marcella (Toll) Vande Zande. Ron attended Waupun schools. While working on his family farm Ron began his self-employment journey by starting Vande Zande Livestock Trucking. His love for auctions drove his desire to train and become an auctioneer. He also began to serve his neighboring communities by becoming a Fond du Lac County Deputy Sheriff. On June 21, 1986 he married Aggie McDougal and the couple lived in Waupun. Ron drove many miles for Jeff’s Trucking and W&D Navis prior to starting VZ’S Trucking which he owned and operated from 1994-2019. After his retirement he enjoyed running short hauls for Smedema Trucking. Ron served on the fire department for 46 years and retired as assistant chief. He was a founding member and pillar for the Waupun Truck-n-Show, formally the Trucker’s Jamboree, which was his passion. He was dedicated to supporting Special Olympics and Make-A-Wish Foundation. He was an organizer for the annual Special Olympics Truck Convoy. Ron could often be found around the table at a local restaurant bright and early in the morning having coffee with the guys, attending a local race, playing Brittain House bingo, playing cards at a local establishment or in the stands cheering on his favorite players, his grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Ron was a member of Men of Praise, Edgewood Community Church, and Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association. Through the years Ron was humbled and honored to receive several awards which included the Waupun Citizen of the Year Award, the Babbitt Award on behalf of the WI Motor Carriers Association, and the American Legion Outstanding Firefighter Award.

Ron is survived by his wife of 35 years, Aggie; daughter, Ginger (Jeremy) Giebel; three grandchildren: Bailey, Fletcher, and Hollis; foster son, Dana (Deb) Turnmeyer; brother, Darwin (Georgiann) Vande Zande, sisters: Sandra (Steven) Buchholz and Jackie (Gregg) Westra; three step-children: Cheryl (Brian) Nummerdor, Ken (Linda) McDougal, and Dan McDougal; step-son-in-law, Steve Kaiser; 11 step-grandchildren; 17 step-great-grandchildren; aunt, Helen Vande Zande; uncle, Norman (Jackie) Toll; first wife, Annette Menke and her mother, Evelyn Menke; and nieces and nephews.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents; and step-daughter, Kris Kaiser.

Visitation

Friends and relatives may call on the family on Sunday at the church from 3 p.m. until the time of service. Masks are encouraged.

Services

Funeral services for Ron Vande Zande will be held Sunday, January 2, 2022 at 6 p.m. at Edgewood Community Church in Waupun with Pastor Mike Giebink and Pastor Jeremy Thompson officiating.

Burial

Private burial will take place.

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the Waupun Fire Department.

Special Thanks

The family would like to extend sincere appreciation to the healthcare workers on the frontlines who give so selfishly of themselves during these difficult times.

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  1. Melody Coehoorn Says: December 29, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    So sorry to hear this. He helped with Ron’s fund raiser when he was fighting leukemia. He was always helping someone. You family is in my prayers ?

  2. Marilyn Vander Sanden Says: December 29, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this most difficult time.

  3. Gary Geib /The Gambler Says: December 29, 2021 at 3:40 pm

    So sorry for your loss he will be definitely missed at the truck show

  4. Carolyn Glamann Says: December 29, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    Prayers sent. Ron was a amazing person and man. He will be missed

  5. George Baumann Says: December 30, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    This man will be greatly missed by many. Whether helping with truckers lining up parades, watching races and many other activities he had a hand in. Coffee in the early morning will have an empty chair.
    Thankful I knew the man.

  6. Dale ter beest Says: December 31, 2021 at 7:44 am

    Our thoughts and prayers to the family.

  7. Pat Terbeest Says: December 31, 2021 at 8:25 am

    Sincere sympathy to Ron’s entire family…Ron helped so many, including my husband Don. So many fun memories of us going out to eat with Ron and Aggie!

  8. Richard P Steinbach Says: December 31, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    Ron was a friend I enjoyed knowing and spending time with having coffee at McDonalds. He was a definite asset to the community and will be greatly missed.

  9. I am very sorry for your loss

  10. Donna Vande Kolk Says: January 2, 2022 at 11:07 am

    Ron & I are saddened by the news of Ron’s passing. He was a fellow Firefighter and a good man. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this dark time.

  11. Nancy Kutschenreuter Says: January 2, 2022 at 4:06 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers to the family. Ron was a huge part of my family. I have a lot of memories being part of the Waupun Truck Show and the Antique Truck show But most of all we had a wonderful friendship. Ron will be dearly missed but we will cherish the memories and remember to he will be in our hearts.

  12. Nancykutschenreuter Says: January 2, 2022 at 4:07 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers to the family. Ron was a huge part of my family. I have a lot of memories being part of the Waupun Truck Show and the Antique Truck show But most of all we had a wonderful friendship. Ron will be dearly missed but we will cherish the memories and remember to he will be in our hearts.

  13. Nancykutschenreuter Says: January 2, 2022 at 4:10 pm

    Our prayers to the family. Ron will be dearly missed but we will cherish the memories.

  14. Maxine and Jim Ferron Says: January 2, 2022 at 4:44 pm

    To all of Ron’s family, especially Aggie. As the days continue to pass I hope you find comfort and support in the people that surround you and the wonderful memories you carry in your heart. Jim and I thought so much of Ron and carry so many memories in our hearts! May God bless you and keep you strong.

  15. Bob Reinap Says: January 2, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    Aggie, Ginger, Sandy, Jackie and Darwin,
    Melanie and I send God’s peace and joyfulness as we celebrate how Ron made our lives more meaningful. Pastor Jeremy did a beautiful job of explaining the impact of Ron on everybody. We have truly been blessed by having him in our lives.

  16. Al & Linda Voight Says: January 5, 2022 at 5:54 pm

    Al and Ron go back many years. Sorry to hear of his passing.

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