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Ronald W.

Lawler, Ronald Walter

Was born to the late Raymond and Marie Lawler on January 4th, 1948. He spent his childhood in Maryland where he worked at the local vegetable stand to put himself through private high school. Ron joined ROTC at the University of Maryland where Ron met his lifelong sweetheart, Susan Bittner. Ron declared on their first date that they would get married, but it took Sue a year to agree. Ron was the model husband for fifty years, as long as your definition of model includes pranks, sarcastic comments and twinkling eyes.

After graduating, Ron joined the Air Force and he and his young family were stationed in Turkey where Ron developed a life long love of history. Ron’s civilian career took flight when he joined Varian Associates. Ron advanced into executive roles, traveled the world and acquired a vast experience in business. Ron and family moved to Wisconsin, where Ron became Vice President and General Manager of Certified Power.

Ron was a long time member of Hales Corners Lutheran and served on their Board of Directors. Ron was a man of deep compassion and perpetual effort, who always stood ready to help with advice or action. He made people better by expecting their best, and never giving up on anyone.For the past 5 years, Ron suffered the effects of a stroke, which left him physically challenged but mentally sharp. Ron lived his life by several mottos, like “Never enter a battle of wits with an unarmed man”, and “Never be bored and never be boring.”

Ron will be dearly missed by his wife, Susan and his extended family, Kim, Rutger, Eva, Katya and Juliette Vrijen; Robert, Karin, Ronald and Sam Lawler; JoJo and Jasmine Crossley, Jory, Lennon and J.J., Sherry, Billy and Cash McNabb, Jean Lawler, Preston and Devin. He is further survived by one sister, Dartanya (Tom) Helgeson and his mother in law, Rachel Bittner. A celebration of his life will take place in March.

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  1. James Palermo October 21, 2020 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    I worked as a young supervisor, two levels under Ron, at Varian Associates from 1985 – 1987. Oh boy….He was tough as nails, but very sincere, as he shared with me his wonderful advice. To this day, I quote his advice to my children. He made a positive impact on me..

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