Peacefully entered into Eternal Life on Monday, November 28, 2022 at the age of 78. Resident of Mequon, Ron was deeply devoted to his late wife Mary and they now shine together again in heaven. Having celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in December 2020, Ron was lost after Mary, the love of his life, succumbed to illness in 2021. Loving father of Scott and Mark Schwertfeger and Anne (Chris) Babick. Proud and beloved “Grandpa” to grandchildren Grace, Christopher, Stephen, Andrew and John as well as his beloved Seamus. Cherished brother of the late Jim (Kathie) Schwertfeger, Tina (Jay) Hintze and Del Burke-Kaney (Steve Kaney). Dear brother-in-law of John and Tom (Tammy Jung) Savage and Kate (Don) Gruning. Further survived by devoted relatives and friends.
Ron was raised in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin by loving parents. His father Harold was a Pastor at Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran in Whitefish Bay, and together with his mother, Mildred, instilled in Ron his deep faith in God, a strong work ethic and simple needs. Patriotic to his core, Ron faithfully served in the Army in Vietnam. Ron had a fulfilling career in industrial product sales from which he retired many years ago; thereafter, he continued to embrace his life-long passion for investing that happily occupied his time in between the occasional nap.
With a passion for watching and playing sports, Ron was a devoted Badger and Packer fan, viewing every game comfortably from his living room. Ron was an accomplished athlete and was grateful for his many lifelong friendships formed while playing tennis and golf in Milwaukee and later in Scottsdale, Arizona. On the golf course, Ron achieved two “holes-in-one” over the years and he “shot his age” scoring a 77 during a special round last summer.
Ron was skilled at woodworking and very handy with all household projects, especially deft at re-deploying leftover supplies. Ron dedicated his many talents to help build and perpetually improve our beloved Northwoods family cabin, recently adding his firepit, a site of many enjoyable family gatherings.
Ron was a rock to his Mary, his children, and all family and friends. His quiet strength provided us comfort in knowing he was always ready to help us through life’s challenges. He will be deeply missed and forever on our minds and in our hearts.
Visitation Thursday, December 8 from 4:00pm until 7:00pm at Schmidt &Bartelt Funeral Home-Mequon, 10280 N. Pt. Washington Road. Funeral service will be held on Friday, December 9 at 10:00am at Our Savior Ev. Lutheran Church, 6021 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. Please meet at church.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance or a charity of your choice.