Ronald G. Harmsen, 76, Waupun, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac with family by his side.

Ron was born Dec. 22, 1940, to Bernie and Carrie Mulder Harmsen in Alto, Wisconsin. On Aug. 10, 1961, he married the love of his life, Kathy Veleke. Together for 56 years, Ron and Kathy built a wonderful and happy life together, raising three strong and independent children around the core principles of unconditional love and hard work. Family was always the priority in Ron’s life and his free time reflected that, spending much of it on the lakes and rivers of Wisconsin fishing, camping and gathering his family close around a good campfire. When his children were older, Ron and Kathy purchased a small piece of heaven on Pelican Lake where new memories, traditions and joys were formed. Here he would spend many days with his wife, his children and his grandchildren by his side. When not teaching the grandkids to fish or roast marshmallows, he could be found on his swing watching the troubles of the world drift by with the Brewers playing softly in the background.

Ron was an avid hunter and fisherman and took great pride in fishing with his son on Lake Erie. He and Kathy also enjoyed traveling and fell in love with the beaches in Mexico, forming many memories together. He proudly attended his grandchildren’s sporting and school events and was always bringing treats for his “grandpuppies.” Ron committed more than 40 years of service to Silgan Containers as a foreman and mechanic and selflessly volunteered as a firefighter in Brandon and Waupun for more than 35 years.

Ron was a quiet man who loved greatly, but in subtle ways that his family and friends will always remember and appreciate. Above all else, Ron was a good, kind and loving man who left an impression on everyone who had the pleasure of crossing his path. Although his time seems to have passed in an instant, his memories will last forever.

Ronald is survived by his wife of 56 years, Kathleen of Waupun; two sons, Tim (Cheryl) Harmsen of Ohio and Tom (Amy) Harmsen of Fond du Lac; a daughter, Teresa (Brad) Fischer of Oshkosh; four grandchildren, Paige and Ashley Gorst, and Noah and Emma Harmsen; a brother, Alvin (Dorie) Harmsen of Waupun; and nieces and nephews.

Ronald was preceded in death by his parents; and an infant daughter, Lisa.

A funeral service will be held Friday, Sept. 22, at 1 p.m. at First Reformed Church in Waupun with the Rev. Barry Lang officiating. Friends and relatives may call on the family Friday at the church from 11 a.m. until the time of service.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home of Waupun is serving the family. Please visit our website at for further information and to send condolences.