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Stephens and Bean Funeral Chapel

202 North Teilman, Fresno, CA

OBITUARY

Ronald Lee Salwasser

April 15, 1939June 20, 2020

Ronald Lee Salwasser, born April 15, 1939 in Fresno, CA to Conrad and Marie (Huber) Salwasser.

Ron lived his entire life in the Easton area, graduating from Washington Union High School. He married Marie Fritz on May 7th, 1960. After a brief period of driving gas truck to pay the bills as young marrieds, he began his life long career as a farmer, a life he loved and career he excelled at. Ron and Marie enjoyed a long and fruitful life as they worked hard side by side, raised Patty and Mark, and enjoyed the life they built together.

Ronald is survived by his loving & devoted wife of 60 years, Marie; his brother, Tom & wife, Marge; children, Patty Rasmussen & Russell, Mark Salwasser & Victoria; grandchildren, Katie Dwyer & J.R., Kyle Rasmussen, Drake Salwasser & Alejandra, Shane Salwasser, and Audra Salwasser; great grandchildren, Olivia and Kennedy Dwyer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Conrad & Marie Salwasser and his older brother Harry Salwasser.

Ron found such joy in his family; his grandchildren and great-granddaughters were his pride and joy! He lived for weekends spent racing. In the early years spectating with friends at Kearney Bowl and Clovis Speedway, then in the 70’s and 80’s at Lemoore Jet Bowl and in the 80’s & 90’s at various tracks such at Ascot Park, Kings Speedway, Madera Speedway and many others. They continued their racing ways into the 2000’s attending racing events on the regular locally as recently as the last race, pre-COVID19, at Kings Speedway. He and Marie also made several trips to Indianapolis with friends and family, making lasting memories and friendships along the way. Ron made traveling in the RV a priority in his retirement; destinations of Morro Bay and Las Vegas were perennial favorites. As it was, Ron seemed to have a knack for being an unintentional mentor to the younger generation of farmers who moved into the old Perrin Colony area. Often one of his neighbors would pull into the drive behind the house to gain a little insight, get his opinion on vineyard practices, review the weather report or just to shoot the breeze and catch up on the goings-on in the community. He was never too busy and seldom would he turn down a friendly conversation.

He will be missed beyond measure and remembered always with love by his family and friends, now and forever.

In celebration of Ronald’s life, a memorial service will be held on Monday, June 29, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. at Clovis Missionary Baptist Church, 854 N. Fowler Avenue, Clovis, CA. Please consider all pandemic safety precautions as you plan to join us in these unprecedented times. For those of you who are not comfortable attending in person, join us via the online live stream provided by Stephens and Bean. Please call 559-268-9292 for the event password.

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Remembrances may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 5955 S. Elm Avenue, Fresno, CA 93706 or to the charity of your choice.

2 Timothy 4:7-8 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me – the crown of righteousness that the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that great day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his glorious return.

  • FAMILY

  • Marie Salwasser, Wife
  • Patty Rasmussen (Russell), Daughter
  • Mark Salwasser (Victoria), Son
  • Katie Dwyer (J.R.), Granddaughter
  • Kyle Rasmussen, Grandson
  • Drake Salwasser (Alejandra), Grandson
  • Shane Salwasser, Grandson
  • Audra Salwasser, Granddaughter
  • Olivia Dwyer, Great Granddaughter
  • Kennedy Dwyer, Great Granddaughter
  • Tom Salwasser (Marge), Brother
  • Harry Salwasser, Brother (deceased)
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Mark Salwasser
  • Rusty Rasmussen
  • J.R. Dwyer
  • Kyle Rasmussen
  • Drake Salwasser
  • Shane Salwasser
  • DONATIONS

  • Immanuel Lutheran Church

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Monday, June 29, 2020

Memories

Ronald Lee Salwasser

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DAVID DEFENDIS

June 28, 2020

I was born just three months after Ron and Marie were married. They were our closest neighbors for my entire childhood. Marie and her brother worked for my Grandpa Mac. They were great neighbors. Mark and Patty joined us many summer afternoons at our swimming pool. They were great support when both of my parents passed away. I hope the Salwasser family finds comfort in the Lord during this time. I know that I will see my neighbor Ron in the hereafter life. I am so grateful to have had him as my neighbor. I was so blessed to have grown up in such a wonderful neighborhood. Those memories with the Salwasser family during my childhood will never go away. Marie, my prayers are for you and your family.

Gene and Frances Silveira

June 28, 2020

Our hearts are sad at the passing of our buddy Ronald L., lifetime friends and neighbors. Our kids loved "Ronnie". Gene remembers Ron driving by in his 56 Chevy to pick up sweet Marie for an evening out. Remembering the trip to Tahoe highlighted by the Turlock rest stop when the tourist were snapping pictures of your new Cadillac. For Marie's 60th birthday another Tahoe trip four farmers on snowmobiles, so much fun! And always Ron at his favorite slot, looking out a window, watching it snow. Gene and Ron often discussed important farming issues: such as whose got the water, when will they finish, when do we get it?
RIP Ronald L. Salwasser

JOHN JEFFRIES

June 26, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Ron and Marie over the years and being their neighbor down the street as well. Ron was always good for a laugh about something! And you didn't have to wonder how he felt about any subject. I will miss his wry smile and the friendship over the years.
God bless you Marie, Patty and Mark until you are joined together with Ron again.

Debbie Gallaher

June 26, 2020

Our deepest sympathy to Marie and all the family. Kevin and I have wonderful memories of many fun times spent with Ronnie and Marie. You will be missed "Uncle" Ron.

Mary Jo Lomier

June 24, 2020

My late husband Don and Ron used to play jokes on each other all the time and all in fun spirit. We would see he and Marie at a restaurant and they would rush to be first in buying each other’s meal. I remember when he and Marie sat with me at St. Agnes and waited for Don to arrive as Don’s mother was in critical condition. They gave me so much comfort. Truly wonderful people.

Wendy Covell

June 24, 2020

Mr. Salwasser was so kind to me. He always greeted with warmth and a smile. I admired the type of father he was to Mark and Patty and I will always carry fond memories of the Salwasser family.