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Wilfred “Bill” A. Ronnebaum
01/20/1930 - 10/12/2020
Wilfred “Bill” A. Ronnebaum, 90, of Seneca, Kansas died October 12, 2020 at his home east of Seneca.
Bill was born on January 20, 1930 at Oneida, Kansas, to Clemens J. and Anna M. Strathman Ronnebaum. He attended school at Old Victor 99 and the Oneida School in Oneida, Kansas. He helped on the family farm until he was drafted into the US Army on December 2, 1954. He served his country until he was discharged on November 30, 1956 with a rank of SP3 (T). After he was discharged, he was employed by General Motors in the Fairfax district and made trips back home to continue the family tradition of farming.
On September 4, 1961, he married Ruth Heinen at St. Bede’s Catholic Church in Kelly. After 15 years of service to GM he retired and bought the farm east of Seneca, where the couple spent many years farming, raising livestock and gathering eggs together. It’s on that same farm where Bill took his last breath. Bill was also a full-time school bus driver for several years.
Bill enjoyed a good card game, Bingo and working on the land he farmed.
He is survived by two sons, Lynn Ronnebaum of Lenexa, Kansas and Brian (Babette) Ronnebaum of Fort Worth, Texas; two daughters Shirley (Dwayne) Miller of St. George, Kansas and Janet (David) Vance of Wamego, Kansas; a sister, Helen Heinen of Seneca; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Bill was preceded in death by his loving wife of 57 years, Ruth, on September 23, 2018 and a daughter Janell on September 20, . He was also preceded in death by brothers, Henry, Vince, Sylvester, and Melvin Ronnebaum; an infant sister Frances; and sisters, Evelyn Hammes, Florence Deters and Catherine Rettele.
Rosaries will be prayed at 7 PM Tuesday, October 13th and 9 AM Wednesday, October 14th at Lauer Funeral Home in Seneca. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 AM Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Seneca. Burial will be in the Sts. Peter and Paul Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic School, sent in care of the family.
Rosaries will be prayed at 7 PM Tuesday, October 13th and 9 AM Wednesday, October 14th at Lauer Funeral Home in Seneca.
Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 AM Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Seneca. Burial will be in the Sts. Peter and Paul Church Cemetery.
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