Ronald Stimac, Sr.
MUNISING, MI. – Ronald Wayne Stimac, Sr., age 77, of Hickory Street in Munising, died Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Marquette General Hospital following a sudden stroke on Tuesday. He was born on May 23, 1937 in Shingleton to the late George and Eunice “Toots” (Travis) Stimac. Ron grew up in Shingleton and attended Wm. G. Mather High School before he went to work on the railroad. When he started, he worked side by side with his dad and over the years worked for both the Soo Line and LS&I Railroads. On April 30, 1959, Ron married Clara “Punkey” Burley and together they raised their family. Ron loved baseball and was a talented pitcher. When he wasn’t playing, he was umpiring and the family spent much of their summers at the diamond. He loved sports and enjoyed watching the Detroit Tigers and Green Bay Packers, but he was most proud when he watched his sons as Munising Mustangs. Ron was an outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting deer and birds, picking pinecones, blueberries, and apples, riding in the woods, and just being out with nature. He and Clara walked miles around town together. On July 11, 2012, Clara preceded him in death and Ron’s heart was broken. He continued his daily walks, enjoyed his daily coffee klatch at the Falling Rock Cafe, and his weekend trip to the casino. Ron was blessed with two very special grandsons and Preston and Scotty were blessed with a very special Grandpa. His greatest joy was spending time with them.
Ron is survived by his children Donna Burley of Carrollton, TX, Ronald Stimac, Jr., of Munising; Michael Stimac of Munising, and Scott (Molly) Stimac of Munising; grandson Scotty; sister Judy (Jim) Hill of Munising; sisters and brothers-in-law Babe Stimac of Shingleton, Fred (Pat) Burley of VanMeer, Gloria Semski of Oak Creek, WI, Audra True of Milwaukee, Dale (Karen) Burley of Chatham, and Robert (Deborah) Burley of Waukesha, WI; numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his parents George and Toots Stimac, wife Clara, grandson Preston Sean Burley, brothers Charles “Chuck” and Dennis “Denny” Stimac, sister Ida (Joe) Graves, and brothers-in-law Ernest (Sharon) Burley, Erwin Semski, and Michael True.
Visitation will be at the Bowerman Funeral Home on Friday from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. and also on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Deacon Tom Moseley will conduct Ron’s funeral service at the funeral home on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Munising.
Ron’s obituary and guestbook may be viewed and signed at bowermanfuneral home.net