Ronald F Gora

July 10, 1933March 11, 2014

GORA, Ronald F. Age 80, died on March 11, 2014. He was born July 10, 1933 in Chicago, IL to Frank and Irene Gora. He married Maria Kaeppeler on November 16, 1963. Ronald was an active member of St. John Evangelist Church of Davison, MI. He was also a teacher of U.S. history and swimming and hockey coach with Flint Community Schools. Ronal is survived by his wife; sister; four sons; three daughters; and grandchildren. Visitation will be Friday, March 14, 2014, from 2:00PM to 4:00PM and 6:00PM to 8:00PM at Brown Funeral Home, 1480 E. Hill Rd, Grand Blanc, MI. Rosary will take place at 7:00PM on Friday, March 14, 2014 during visitation. Funeral Mass will be held at 6:00PM, Saturday, March 15, 2014 at St. John Evangelist Church, 404 Dayton St., Davison, MI. Father Andrew Czajkowski to officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Condolences may be left at


  • Visitation Friday, March 14, 2014
  • Visitation Friday, March 14, 2014
  • Rosary Service Friday, March 14, 2014
  • Visitation Saturday, March 15, 2014
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, March 15, 2014

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Earl (Trigger) Trigsted

August 18, 2014

Ron and I became friends when we tried out for the frosh/soph football team at Lane tech our freshman year. I went on in football playing on the 1950 city football champs and everybody knows Ron's achievements in swimming. It is over 70 years since we first met and sat in history class together. I also became a high school coach( football) and it is very rewarding to know Gora was also a high school coach. All my life I have remembered what a great young man Ron was, he will be missed as long as there is competitive swimming.

Kelley Rea

March 25, 2014

I first met Ron when I was a kid growing up in Ann Arbor, MI. My Dad (a Michigan alum) knew Ron and asked him to help me with my start for a swimming race. Ron picked me up and took me to the IM Building and gave me a lesson. I won the race. Thanks, again, Ron; you were great to help out a kid.
Kelley Rea

March 21, 2014

The best freestyle swimmer of his day by any standard. Multiple IL state championships/records. Absolutely 'awesome' when awesome meant something. RIP Ron Tom McGurn

March 21, 2014

I had Mr. Gora as a US History teacher at Flint Northwestern High School, I believe in 1970. He was a favorite teacher for many. I remember he knew his subject so well, and he made the class enjoyable. He had a great sense of humor. I am privileged to have been his student. I believe he was also a member of the US Olympic swim team at one time, which impressed all of us. Thanks, Mr. Gora for all you did for us. Rick Bryant

Doug Wyrwicki

March 17, 2014

My sincere condolences to your family. He was bigger than life and always able to inspire as he coached. Still remember the ''65, '66 swim season at Northwestern

Fred and Dorothy Lehman

March 17, 2014

I swam with Ron at Lane Tech High School and remember him setting the record for the 100 yard freestyle in the Illinois High School State Meet. I always thought that he was good enough to swim in the Olympics for the United States (which he did). He was a gentleman and a hard worker. May treasured memories bring consolation to you. God bless you and his spirit.

DeWayne Younger

March 16, 2014

Mr. Gora was one of my favorite teachers at Flint Northwestern. I remember him as being funny....always cracking jokes. A real good guy. A true Wildcat.

Joseph and family

March 16, 2014

Our sympathies to the family and friends in the loss Of Ronald. May the wonderful memories of him bring you much joy despite the grief and you keep close to your hearts God's promise at John 5:28.

March 15, 2014

I enjoyed working with Ron at Northwestern during the late 60's and 70's. He was a gentleman and a fine colleague. May he rest in peace.

Unfortunately, distance prevents me from extending my condolences in person, but my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

George Nassif
Scottsdale, AZ

Dave Yelovich

March 15, 2014

Uncle Ron was always bigger than life to me. I have wonderful memories.