Ronald Edmund Wiegandt

Ronald Edmund Wiegandt (May 22, 1943-May 28, 2019) passed away in Rockford, Michigan, after a very brief struggle with brain cancer.   Ron lived on and managed his family’s farm (Anada Farm) in Williamston before moving to Rockford in 2015.  He attended Culver Military Academy and Williamston High School and graduated in 1961.  He worked with his father and grandfather at the family business in Lansing (West Side Fuel Company) before opening his own business, Ron’s Service Center in Williamston in 1972.

Ron’s commitment to community and civic duty was evidenced by his election as a Williamstown Township Trustee and member of the Planning Commission for 30 years. He served as a lieutenant on the Williamston Fire Department (NIESA), and mentored youth through his business and through the fire department Explorer program. In 1990, he was chosen as Williamston’s “Citizen of the Year.”  In his retirement, he enjoyed cooking, farming, gardening, and spending time with family.

Preceding him in death were his parents Susan Ilean (Converse) and Edmund Ralph Wiegandt, and his brother Ralph Clyde Wiegandt.  Surviving to cherish his memory are his wife of 53 years Sharon (Kaufman) Wiegandt; daughters and sons-in-law Cathrin and Jim Finney and Susan and Bob Gould; grandchildren Ilene and Isaac Gould; brother and sisters-in-law Richard Wiegandt and Sheila Brockmeyer and Pam Wiegandt; Aunt Jane (Converse) Blanchard; nieces and nephews Eric, Albert, Steve, Beth, Jessica and Josie Wiegandt; Melissa, Audrey, Ethan and Parker Cummings; and Sarah, John and Onalee Rohl; four generations of his beloved Converse family cousins, and all who knew him as “Uncle Ron.”

A private graveside service will be held at Foote Cemetery in Williamstown Township.

Memorial visitation will be held at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel in Lansing, Michigan, on Monday, June 3, 2019, from 3-6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring his memory by making a donation to any local food pantry.

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Dennis Hunt
May 29, 2019 at 5:09 pm

Ron was a very special guy, a friend to all. Got to know Ron when he was in High School and played in the band with him along with his brother Richard. New him later as a dedicated member of the Williamston Fire Department where he ascended to the rank of Lieutenant.

After he opened Ron’s Service Center he hired my Dad to work in the business. They became close over the years.

When my Dad passed in June of 2006, it was Ron who was there after we cleaned out the condo to help us load a UHaul trailer with mementos for the long trek home to California.

Ron will be missed greatly by all whose life he touched. He and my Dad are now in heaven doing the Lord’s work of fighting fires, saving lives and repairing automobiles.

Patti Spencer
May 29, 2019 at 5:34 pm

“Uncle Ron” will always hold a special place in my heart. Love to the whole family.

Laurie Patterson
May 30, 2019 at 6:55 am

My cousin Ronnie was a kind and generous man. I very much enjoyed the yearly family picnics on the farm.

Karen ( Stevens) Bell
May 30, 2019 at 1:03 pm

Wonderful classmate. Rest in peace Ron.

Lyn Sosa
May 31, 2019 at 7:46 am

We were saddened to read about Ron’s passing. May the many treasured memories sustain you during this most difficult time. We pray that you find comfort in our Creator’s promises to reunite us with our beloved ones again, in a youthful world, where the causes of pain and sorrow will be a thing of the past. How exciting it will be to see him again doing all the things he loved. Forever find comfort reading Isaiah 25:8, which promises that our tears of mourning will end when death is done away with. Our sincerest condolences to the Family.

Lisa & Scott Parker (and family)
June 2, 2019 at 11:40 pm

So sorry for this great loss. We will make a donation to North Kent Connect’s food pantry in his memory.

Bill Nash
June 10, 2019 at 7:55 am

When I think of Ron the saying “still waters run deep” comes to mind. He was gentle, quiet and unassuming to most observers, but he had great depth of character. I raised my family in Williamston and it seemed that Ron was everywhere. He loved the community, his family and the multitude of friends that he enjoyed.

Rest in peace, Ron. God’s blessings to his wonderful family!


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