Ronald ‘Ron’ V. Marish Sr.
Feb. 29, 1948 — March 17, 2015
Ronald “Ron” V. Marish Sr. of Waukesha died peacefully surrounded by his family on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at Zilber Family Hospice at the age of 67. He was born in Milwaukee on February 29, 1948, the son of William and Mary (nee Psutka) Marish. On November 28, 1970, he married Kathleen Staffeldt at St. William Catholic Church in Waukesha. He was a member of St. Luke Catholic Church. Ron had three passions in life: flying, racing and sailing. Throughout his life he was an avid pilot, learning how to fly at age 15 and having his first solo flight at age 16. As a Sprint Car driver, Ron loved racing and won several championships. Ron also loved sailing and racing his sailboat on Lake Michigan. However, Ron’s greatest love and passion was his family. He loved his grandchildren and will always be remembered as a devoted and beloved husband, father and grandfather.
He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 44 years, Kathy of Waukesha, and their children, Ron Marish Jr. of Waukesha and Julia (Scott) Villinski of Brookfield. He was the dear grandfather of Cameron Zielke and Morgan, Andrew and Hannah Villinski. He is further survived by his brothers and sisters, William (Patsy) Marish, Edith (the late Jack) Nowicki, Edna Matzelle, Helen (Jim) Cramer, Maryann (Michael) Lange, Carl (Judy) Marish, Cathy (Tom) Hebert, Joanne (Paul) Jamrozy and Wilma (Patrick) Quinn; his brothers- in-law and sisters-in-law, Jim (Marj) Staffeldt, Pat (the late Jim) Sobrofski, Sally (Warren) Staffeldt-Mollenhauer and Brian (Sandy) Staffeldt; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Services were held on Saturday, March 21, at St. Luke Catholic Church, 18000 W. Greenfield Ave., Brookfield, with the Rev. Kenneth J. Augustine presiding. Graveside services followed the Mass at Prairie Home Cemetery.
If desired, memorials are appreciated to the Jacob Butschke Scholarship Fund-Landmark Credit Union, 955 Lexington Drive, Oconomowoc, WI 53066.
Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, Crematory and Preplanning Services is honored to serve the family. For further information, please call the funeral home at 262-547-4035 or visit our website at www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave the family an online tribute message.