Ronald “Ron” G. Federman, 90, of Baraboo, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at Wisconsin Veterans Home in King. We would like to thank all those who took care of Ron while there.
Ron, the son of the late Herman and Agnes (Gall) Federman, was born Dec.22, 1928, in Baraboo. His father passed away when Ron was 3 so he was raised by his mother and stepfather, Ernest Rehbein. He was a graduate of Baraboo High School, Class of 1947. After graduation, he was compelled to serve his country and enlisted in the United States Air Force. While stationed in Michigan, Ron was proud to have been hand selected to serve on the fire crash crew that escorted the Queen of England’s plane on her visit to Windsor, Canada. After completing his three-year tour of duty, he was reactivated and served another year. While on active duty from 1948-1952, Ron was united in marriage to Beverly L. Johnson on June 6, 1951, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo.
He had worked with his stepfather at Rehbein Federman Heating and Sheet Metal and later became the sole owner of Federman’s Auto Parts Store. Ron was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. He was very active in his community, including 41 years with the Baraboo Fire Department. For 10 of those years, he served as assistant fire chief and 19 distinguished years as the chief. Ron also belonged to Baraboo Elk’s Lodge 688, American Legion Post 26, and served with the Baraboo Veterans Honor Guard. He enjoyed partaking in the Badger Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. He also thoroughly enjoyed woodworking in his free time.
Ron is survived by his wife, Beverly, of 67 years; his cousin’s wife, Mary Gall; and his godchild, Tracy Niles; special friends, Steve and Jeanne Pointon, Ralph and Joan Pierce, Ken and Sandy Pierce, Tom and Anna Sprecher, Jim and Linda Slezak; as well as many special firemen, veterans and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and stepfather.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo, with Pastor Karen Hofstad officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Inurnment will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery where military rites will be conducted. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Baraboo Fire Department or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.