Ronald J. Fischels

Dec 27, 2018
Fischels newspaper


Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday, December 31, 2018 at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 320 Mulberry St., Waterloo


3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, December 30, 2018 with a Parish Vigil Service at 6:00 p.m. at Kearns Funeral Service and also for an hour before services at the church.


Inurnment in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Waterloo at a later date


Columbus High School or Cedar Valley Hospice


Ronald J. Fischels, 84, of Waterloo, died Thursday, December 27, 2018 at Cedar Valley Hospice Home. He was born September 26, 1934, in rural Jesup, the son of Joseph and Florence (Youngblut) Fischels.

Ron married Jackie Roberts September 10, 1955 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Waterloo. He worked at Rath Packing Co. until its closing. Then he worked with his brothers, Joe and Melvin “Buck” at Rampart Construction, retiring in 1994. 

Ron is survived by his wife, Jackie; his 9 children: Randy (Diane) of Mason City; Pam (Mike) Heinzman of Sugarland, TX; Gordon of Katy, TX; Jack (Tracey) of Waterloo; Becky Wells of Waterloo; Brian (Leslie) of Sugarland, TX; Lorie (Paul) Gallagher of Southlake, TX; Jeff (Angela) of Lake Jackson, TX; and Brad (Deena) of Waterloo. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren: Stephanie and Stacey Fischels, Kris and Lindsay Heinzman, Jordan and Emily Fischels, Samantha and Alex Fischels, Nathan Wells, Hannah and Eliza Gallagher, Tyler and Hunter Fischels, and Taryn Fischels; 3 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Joe of Gilbertville and Cleo of Jesup; and 2 sisters, Bonnie Weber and Mary Mathias, both of Gilbertville.

He is preceded in death by his parents and 2 brothers, Melvin and Gerald.

He enjoyed playing golf, reading, and was an avid history buff. He also was a fan of the Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes. For many years Ron volunteered with the Cedar Valley Nature Trail where he would ride his bike. Sitting around the kitchen table visiting with friends and family was one of his favorite pastimes.

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  1. Mary (Jacobi) Lee, for Gary | Jan 20, 2019

    Jackie & family,

    I know my dad would like to express his care for you all.  I have so many memories of he and Ronnie at the kitchen table all night, playing cards, telling stories and laughing all night long.  And maybe there was a bit of whiskey involved, can't quite remember.    :)   It's rare to see a friendship that lasts as long as theirs did. 

  2. Regina Walton Blumhardt | Jan 01, 2019

    Regina Walton Blumhardt Jan. 1, 2019

    Sending my Deepest Condolences to the Fischel Family at the loss of Ronald, husband, father, grandfather and friend. May the support of family, friends and your memories of him along with your shared faith bring you comfort at this sad time. You are all held in my thoughts and prayers.  A check has been sent to Columbus High School in his memory.

    Sincerely, Regina Walton Blumhardt

  3. Jeri Sulentic | Dec 31, 2018
    So sorry to hear of your loss Jackie - my heart and prayers go out to  you and your family. 
  4. Rick & Bev Martinez | Dec 30, 2018
    Our heartfelt condolences to the entire family - Jackie, Pam (and Mike) and all of her siblings (and their families), as well as the extended family.  Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you during this time.  Sincerely, Rick and Bev Martinez

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