Ronnie Lee Stahl
11 April , 1949 – 20 October , 2019
Ronnie Lee Stahl, age 70, passed away of complications from a fall, on Sunday, October 20, 2019. He was born in Lansing, Michigan on April 11, 1949, the adopted son of Carl and Florence Stahl. He graduated from East Lansing High School in 1967 and soon after began a career in auto parts sales. Over the next 40 years, he worked in the parts departments of most of the local Chevrolet dealerships until his retirement from Bud Kouts (Feldman). Following retirement, he worked part time as a driver at Sawyers Chevrolet.
Ron never met a stranger and could start a conversation with anyone, often to the embarrassment of his children. He was proud of his 1967 GTO; he jokingly said he restored it twice, the second being after catching the engine on fire in the garage. Going to car shows and talking about cars was a favorite pastime. In spite of a congenital heart defect and other health challenges, Ron was a talented slow pitch softball player, playing on the same church league for over 30 years. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends. Most of all, he loved his kids and grandkids. Ron was a member of University United Methodist Church, the Holt United Methodist Church Softball team, the Capital Area Muscle Car Club and was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels.
Ron married his high school sweetheart, Susan (Waxler) on July 8, 1972 and she survives him. He is also survived by his daughter, Erin M. Boone and her husband, David, of San Antonio, TX and his son, Justin M. Stahl and his wife, Jessica, of Onondaga, MI. In addition, he leaves his grandchildren, Kolton, Baylee and Reagan Sloan, Aiden and Kaeli Boone of San Antonio and Elizabeth and Mckinley Stahl of Onondaga. He also leaves behind his brother, Bob, and his wife, Pat; sisters in law, Karol Mikula and her husband, Patrick, Helen Stelzer and Isabel Stahl; numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Also surviving is Maggie the cat, whom he vowed to outlive. The cat won. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Carl Jr. and Gary and sister Carla.
A memorial service will be held at 2 pm on Friday, October 25th at University United Methodist Church, 1120 S. Harrison Rd. East Lansing. The family will receive friends at the church beginning at noon.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Camp Scholarship Fund at University United Methodist Church.
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University United Methodist Church, Camp Scholarship Fund
1120 S. Harrison Rd., East Lansing, Michigan 48823
- Visitation Friday, 25 October , 2019
- Memorial Service Friday, 25 October , 2019
Ronnie Lee Stahl
30 October 2019
Ron was a great friend for over 50 years. Although we did not get together as often as I would have liked our friendship remained strong. Back in the day we drank together, lived together, and partied hard together. Those are the memories I will always treasure. I will miss Ron terribly and will always be grateful to God that we were friends.
I know that Ron is having a great reunion with Jon and Tom.
Rest in peace my friend.
28 October 2019
A long-time and fine friend were we. Seventeen years of racquet ball, and a quarter century of softball games which for a time included our four teenage children. Those were huge amounts of quality time, conversations, and laughs and a few heartaches.
I will miss Ron as a friend of the highest quality. RIP and God bless the family.
24 October 2019
I first met Ronnie Stahl (or Big Ron as I always referred to him as) in the fall of 1969 while a student at Michigan State. Although Big Ron was not a student, he became a regular part of the “Lexington Ave gang”. I and three others had rented a house in East Lansing. It was during this time I also came to know his future wife Susie Waxler. Throughout 1970 we all lived care free lives centered around the house on Lexington. As my friendship with Big Ron grew I asked him if he would do me the honor of standing up at my wedding in Aug of 1971. I still remember his answer, “GAGNON” you know I will” During 1971 Big Ron, Susie, Jeanne and I regularly hung out together at our trailer, hunted pheasants, and fished the lake at his father’s cabin, Big Ron honored me when he asked me to standup for his and Susie’s wedding in July of 1972. Who can forget Big Ron’s bachelor party where the Lexington gang swilled down MANY pitchers filled with beer and wine. The next morning as we gathered to prepare for his wedding Big Ron was beaming, standing tall and showed no ill effects, unlike me who felt like a dump truck hit me. Over the years we lived far apart, however, Big Ron always insured I was “kept in the loop”. He would call time and time again while hosting a gathering of the “Lexington Gang” to include me in their walk down memory lane. Our lives converged again when Big Ron and Susie visited us while returning home from their daughter’s house in San Antonio. I had not seen Big Ron in years but when we met again it was like I had just seen him the day before. The visit became almost a regular annual event when Big Ron and Susie visited San Antonio. Big Ron proudly talked about his children and grandchildren and their accomplishments. Some discussions might have mentioned Big Ron’s driving skills or Susie’s map navigation skills! Big Ron was a genuine special friend and indeed a great American. Those of us who had the honor of knowing him will miss him dearly.
23 October 2019
Ron's camp bean recipe. Ron playing church softball. Watching you two sitting in church together. Following your journey on FB. Sitting in West Michigan wiping the tears from my face. My heart hurts for everyone who loved and will miss him. I'm grieving with you.