COOLIDGE — Ronald Lavern "Ron" Kraegel, 80, formerly of Elida, Ohio, died peacefully on Oct. 27, 2019, at home.
Mr. Kraegel was born on May 12, 1939, in Napoleon, Ohio, to Alvin and Helen (Quillman) Kraegel. He married Madalyn Seeburger on Feb. 1, 1959, and they celebrated 60 years of marriage earlier this year. He worked for 35 years as a cable splicer and outside plant engineer for United Telephone Company. He then worked as a contractor supporting the telephone company for a few years as he eased into retirement.
He loved to spend time tending gardens, woodworking and following his favorite NASCAR drivers. He and his family traveled around the country creating many wonderful memories. After retirement, he and Madalyn traveled in their fifth-wheel trailer for nearly 20 years, visiting many national treasures across the country and, more importantly, touching the lives of everyone they met and befriended. Eventually, they settled in Coolidge to enjoy the warmer weather.
He was preceded in death by three sisters, Hilda "Marie" McDougle, Vera Mae Bezruczko and Dorothy Smith. He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Jody Henson; a son, Randy Kraegel; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Hospice Family Care Inc., 1175 E. Cottonwood Lane, Suite 1, Casa Grande, AZ 85122.
J. Warren Funeral Services, Cole & Maud The Gardens Chapel in charge of arrangements.