Ronald B. Stelter, 1930-2020

Ronald B. Stelter, 89, of La Porte, Ind. passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at home with his loving wife by his side.

Ronald was born Sept. 24, 1930 in Chicago, Ill. to Erick and Victoria (Wisniewski) Stelter.

On Jan. 16, 1954, in Chicago, he married Marie Orman, who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Deborah (Stephen) DeGraeve of Cedar Falls, Ia. and Kenneth (Beth) Stelter of La Porte; three granddaughters, Kristin and Carlyn DeGraeve, both of Iowa City, Ia., and Lisa Stelter of Skokie, Ill.; siblings, Elaine Srvich of Rural Retreat, Va., Harold Stelter of Lake Havasu, Az., Arnold Stelter of New Glarus, Wisc., and Eunice Stelter of Eldon, Mo.; numerous nieces and nephews; and very dear friend, Carol Greg of Chicago.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Evelyn Dickens.

Ronald was a veteran of the United States Navy, having served in the Korean War.  He obtained an associates degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.  Ronald then worked as a machine designer for Continental Can Company for 44 years before he retired in 1993. He enjoyed camping, fishing, hiking, hunting, scuba diving, building and flying radio airplanes, woodworking, ham radio, and photography. Ronald was a private pilot, and built and flew his own airplane, a Mustang II.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon Friday, June 12 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, where a Celebration of Life memorial service with full military honors will be held at noon.

Memorial contributions may be directed to EAA Aviation Center, 3000 Poberezny Rd., Oshkosh, Wisc.   54903.

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