Ronald Fries |
May 13, 1933 — March 14, 2016
Constance ‘Conny’ Fries
May 22, 1932 — March 27, 2016
Ronald Fries, age 82 passed away March 14, 2016, followed unexpectedly
13 days later by his beloved wife Constance “Conny” Fries, age 83, on
March 27, 2016.
Ron was born May 13, 1933, in Crookston, Minn., the son of Joseph and
Fern (nee Capistran) Fries. Ron graduated from Cathedral High School in
1951. On February 17, 1953,
Ron joined the United States Air Force
serving in Guam, the Philippines and Hawaii. He attained the rank of
staff sergeant and crew chief on a B-36 Bomber stationed at Biggs Air
Force Base in El Paso, Texas.
Sullivan Fries was born on May 22, 1932, in Crookston, Minn., the daughter of
Earl and Gladys (nee Moen) Sullivan. She graduated from Crookston
Central High School in 1950.
On February 15, 1958, Ron and Conny were united in marriage. Two
children were born of the marriage, Ronald Todd and Tracy Elizabeth. As
a hobby, Ron and Conny were into old cars first owning a 1951 Mercury
Coupe and then a 1954 Chevrolet Convertible. They were members of the
Waukesha Old Car Club, the Brewtown Cruisers and the Mid-Century Car
Ron worked for 27 years in the health care field with two Johnson
& Johnson companies, eventually becoming a regional manager. Ron and Conny were avid travelers and loved visiting places, never leaving until
they were able to see all the area had to offer. Weekends were spent
dancing, following different Waukesha bands. Their most cherished time,
was the time spent with their children and their spouses and their
They will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by their son Todd
(Kathi) Fries; daughter Tracy (Dave) Thompson; grandchildren Caleb
Fries, Hannah Custer, Samuel, Caroline and Natalie Thompson; Conny’s
sister Betty Thompson; Ron’s brothers and sisters Dolly Welch, Val
Ruwwe, Linda (George) Deckon, Greg (Georgine) Fries and Jim (Mary)
Fries; and their sisters- in-law, Marylee Fries and Charlotte Sullivan;
along with many special nieces and nephews and special friends.
Conny was preceded in death by her parents; brother Billy; and nephew
Bart Thompson. Ron was preceded in death by his parents; brother Joseph;
sister Eileen (Earl) Wilkens; and Ron and Conny’s brothers-in-law Bob
Sullivan, Joe Fries and Vern Ruwwe.
A memorial service honoring Ron and Conny’s lives will be held on
Saturday, July 23, at 12:30 p.m. at the Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home,
1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. Interment will follow at Prairie Home
Cemetery in Waukesha with full military honors, honoring Ron’s service
to his country.
Memorials are appreciated to AngelsGrace Hospice, N74-W35908 Servants’
Way, Oconomowoc, WI 53066, or to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 818 N. East
Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186.
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 to leave the family an online tribute
message or for an online obituary.