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Ronald L. Hetzler, age 78, passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, September 12, 2017 with his wife, Margaret, and his son, Bill, by his side. After more than a decade of battle with Alzheimer's Disease, which Ron met head on with courage, poise, and humor, he simply took his last breath and was gone.
Ron was born January 29, 1939 to Edwin Maynard and Alice (Epperly) Hetzler in the small community of Cantril, Iowa. There with his three brothers, Ron enjoyed a childhood of fishing and hunting and mischief. During hard times, the young Ronald watched and emulated his Mother, Alice, who did everything necessary to successfully raise her boys. Ron always said of his Mother, "She's an angel on this earth."
Ron served for four years in the US Air Force and was stationed in Korea for a year. Afterward, he worked multiple jobs including as a service rep for Schappe Pontiac and as a flight instructor and salesman for Frickelton Aviation in Madison. His career was with the US Postal Service from which he retired in 2004. His life long passion was for flying airplanes and he flew many. His Citabria aerobatic plane and his Cassutt Racer were among his favorites. Both satisfied his need for speed and the exhilaration of "balls to the wall", as he would sometimes say.
Ronald was preceded in death by his parents and his twin brother Donald (DeEtta) Hetzler of Hazen, ND. He is survived by his wife, Margaret L. (Anderson) Hetzler of Madison; his son William R. "Bill" Hetzler of Portland, OR; two brothers, Larry (Helen) Hetzler of Plattsmouth, NE, and James (Diane) Hetzler of Ottumwa, Iowa; three half siblings, Eric Hetzler of Lacy, WA, and Olga and Susan of CA, and many nieces and nephews.
There will be a time of remembrance at 11 a.m. Oct. 14 at the Cantril Methodist Church.
Anyone wishing to honor Ron's memory might consider a gift to Alzheimer's Research or to Agrace Hospice of Madison.
We wish to send a heartfelt Thank You to Agrace Hospice and especially to Jennifer and Rebecca for their excellent care of Ron.
Published on October 3, 2017
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