Ronald L. Mateer

Age 72, of  Lansing, Michigan, passed away July 30, 2014. Ron was a loyal employee for 36 years in Skilled Trades at MSU, his last years spent in Supervision. He loved spending time with family and friends, especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Judy; his children, David (Leigh), Katherine (Tim) and Steven (fiancée Yolanda); 12 grandchildren; and one brother, Tom (Juanita).

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Bill Lugger at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, August 4, 2014, at St. Casimir Catholic Church, 815 Sparrow Ave., Lansing. The family will receive friends beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Monday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made payable to Mary Zalewski for Ron’s grandchildren’s education. Arrangements by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.

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John Hershey
August 1, 2014 at 8:53 am

Sad news indeed. My sympathy to the whole family. We certainly had lots of laughs from Boy Scouts and high school on, for decades while Ron worked at MSU.

It’d be only just if they had all the campus elevators stopped at half-mast Monday.

-John Hershey

John & Karen Phillipich
August 1, 2014 at 9:27 am

Judy and family,
Our deepest condolences to you on your loss. Our world has lost a very special man, but with every life he touched, he left behind a better person. I’m eternally grateful for the friendship and guidance he bestowed upon me through our time together at MSU, and in his years of retirement. He was my mentor long before we knew what that meant, and taught me many lessons that changed me as a person.

John & Karen

Mary Passage
August 1, 2014 at 4:01 pm

I can not even put into words the great influence Ron has had on me. His larger than life personality was infectious. He had so many one liners that I find myself using day in and day out. He was a staple to the MSU community not only as an employee in the Phys Plant but also with us at the Pharmacy. He knew everyone on campus and he was a second father and mentor to so many. I know he is looking down on me right now and flashing that trademark smile.
Judy (the boss) my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. We are gonna miss him so much here at the CCP. You have us if you need anything.

Mary Passage

Ellen Smith
August 1, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Judy – I write from the heart of my deepest condolences to you and your family. Ron was and still is ‘my favorite’, as you know. His phone calls are missed and his humor is unmatched. The friendship he bestowed is dearly missed by all and those who connected with him. May God bless you.
-Ellen Smith, Capitol Area Management

August 1, 2014 at 7:24 pm

Judy, Jan and I are so very sorry for your loss. Ron and I had so many good times together both as co-workers and as union representatives . One of the things I always respected about him was the way he cared about all of the people he worked with ,not only his own union but everyone on campus. He was a great friend and will be missed by everyone. Sincerely Hugh

Judy Mateer
August 2, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Ron I miss you so much already, but I kindly thank God for the years he did give us. I know you are aware of how much your family loves you. You can be so proud of your teenage granddaughters that spent your last days by your side. They are no longer children they are young ladies. You, with your stroke and dying, took them on that journey. Continue to be proud of Sam and all the rest. I hope you have your room picked out in God’s mansion and that you are now smiling down on all of us. All our family and friends speak so highly of you but they can’t tell me anything I don’t already know. You were my husband, but most of all, my best friend. I love you to the moon and back!

Paul Malewski
August 3, 2014 at 11:44 am

Dave and Family,
Draw strength from those around you and take solace in the fact that you do not grieve alone. Our family members live on in all of our hearts. They never truly depart. They live in the twinkle of an eye, the heartiness of a laugh and the loving touch to a another.

With my sincerest sympathies,
Paul Malewski

Bev & Bruce VandenBerg
August 3, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Leigh Mateer
August 3, 2014 at 9:29 pm

Ron you always treated me as a daughter…u stepped in to my own father’s shoes as a dad for me and grandpa to my kids. Those were huge shoes to fill but u did it and I love u every for it. Thank you. I love you and your family every day.

Dennis Lantzy
August 4, 2014 at 6:14 am

My deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Ron. He was a special person from whom I learned much about life in our time together at MSU. He was a friend, a mentor, a counselor, a comedian, all rolled into one and often all at the same time. I am a better person for having known him. He touched everyone’s life who knew him and will be greatly missed. You got a good one, God, and he’ll make You laugh. He’ll be missed, but a little bit of Ron will live on in all of us who knew him.

Sherry Davis
August 4, 2014 at 11:48 am

I knew Ron when he was delivering prescriptions for the clinical center. He always brigtened my day, offered advice and kept me updated as to what was happening around campus. I was getting ready to retire when I met him and he very much encouraged me to find a different job when I did. He was an wonderful kindhearted gentleman with a great smile who will be missed terribly. Peace to all family members.


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