Ronald "Ron" Esch

Sep 13, 2020
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10:30 AM, Friday, September 18, 2020, at Kearns Funeral Service Kimball Chapel, 3146 Kimball Ave., Waterloo.  At the family's request masks are required and casual dress.


visitation for an hour before services at Kearns Funeral Service Kimball Chapel, 3146 Kimball Ave., Waterloo



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Ronald "Ron" Esch, 72, of Waterloo, died Sunday, September 13, 2020, at his home surrounded by family.

He was born March 4, 1948 in Waterloo, to Ronald C. and Phyllis J. Tilley Esch and graduated from Waterloo East High School in 1966.

Ron was a railcar repairman for G.E. Railcar Repair (formerly North American Railcar Repair) for 36 years retiring in 2012.

He married Jacqueline "Jackie" M. McNamara April 13, 1974 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. He was a member of UAW Local #838.

Ron is survived by his wife, Jackie, 5 daughters, Kristi Esch Collins‚ Bobbi (Bob) Lenehan, Conni Esch, Nicki Esch, and DeeAnn Esch, and son-in-law, Dominic Ostrander, all of Waterloo; 7 grandchildren, Kaleb Collins, Ash Collins, Blake Lenehan, Taylor Lenehan, Cylis Hall, and Lennon and Sophia Rogers; and sisters, Heather Waterman of Waterloo and Sandy (Dennis) Reisner of Cedar Rapids.

He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Carri Sue Esch; and son, Cori David Esch.

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  1. Nicki Esch | Oct 01, 2020
    He was an amazing father and grandfather over the past 3 years I worked a very early shift so I would show up at my parents house at 4 a.m. every morning and my dad would be up and waiting for me with a flashlight in his hand lighting a path for me to bring my baby in safely he would have a bottle ready and if she was awake he would have her cartoons ready too. And when it was time for me to go back to work he would again light my way with his flashlight making sure I was always safe and for him it never mattered whether it was pouring rain or the middle of winter below 0 and made winter cold made it hard for him to breathe because of his C.O.P.D., but even though I asked him to please not do it in the very cold he still would. This is the kind of man my father was always making sure we all were ok and safe first even though in that time he was suffering in silence from bone, throat and liver cancer. That man still was up every single day to help us out no matter how much pain he was in. There is no way I can describe him that suits just what a great man he was but just by giving you just one example of his kind and beautiful loving and amazing soul. I'm gonna miss him every single day and every single morning on my way to droping my babies off I'm going to remember those fond mornings I had with him and just how lucky I was to be guided by that light. With all my love and heart and soul I love you dad and always will. Thanks for everything you did.
  2. LaVon Kammerman | Sep 17, 2020
    So sorry for your loss!!!   Prayers  and Hugs!!!
  3. Sheryl cobb | Sep 17, 2020
    so sorry to hear this .Prayers to you all.
  4. Donna Gaunt | Sep 16, 2020
    So many fond memories of Uncle Bub. Love to all of you.
  5. Frank Sutton | Sep 16, 2020
    I worked with Ron at GE, we affectionately called him Duck but not sure how he got that moniker. I always got a kick out of his daily muses and he always had something to say about the goings on at the plant. Condolences to the family and rest in peace "Duck".
  6. Sandy Reisner | Sep 15, 2020
    Rest in peace baby brother. I love you.

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