Ronald H. ‘Jo-Jo’ Rehm

Ronald H. "Jo-Jo" Rehm climbed his final ladder and fought his last fire Monday, Dec. 12, 2011 at the age of 78.

He was the cherished husband of 58 years to Barbara (nee Ollila); father of the magnificent seven, Steven (Laynes), Sue (Rick) Peterson, James (Barbara), Robin (Mark) Vitella, Michael (Terry), Kenneth and Daniel (Mary); grandfather of 12 and great-grandfather of four; and brother of Marilyn (Robert) Peglow. He is further survived by many relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Harry and Caroline (nee Schmidt).

Ronald had a unique 75-year lifelong friendship with Bob, Tom, Joe and the late Louie. They met in kindergarten and have remained "brothers" since. Ronald got his nickname "Jo-Jo" from his first job working at the Milwaukee Beverage Company delivering JoJo Soda. He was a very ambitious man, dedicating 32 years of his life to the Milwaukee Fire Department and 20 years to the Wisconsin State Fair Park, where he was the head electrician. Ronald’s second love was his cottage on Squaw Lake, where he and his family shared wonderful memories.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 380 Bluemound Road (at highways J and JJ, four blocks south of Interstate 94), Waukesha, with the funeral service at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to MFD Honor Guard, 711 W. Wells St., Milwaukee, WI 53233-2414, in Ronald’s name would be appreciated.

Ronald’s family would like to thank Dr. Chris Hake, the entire oncology staff and Waukesha Memorial Hospital ICU for all their wonderful and compassionate care given to Ronald and his family. Also, special thanks to the MFD Honor Guard volunteers.

Church and Chapel Rudolph-Larsen Bros. Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 549-0659 or visit www.churchandchapel.com to view the online obituary, leave condolences or receive directions.

Everyone he met was his friend.

We’ll always remember Dad,

"It only costs a few pennies more to go first class"