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OBITUARY

Ronald S. Grundhoefer

November 21, 1941May 2, 2020
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Ronald S. Grundhoefer, 78, of Newburgh, IN passed away Saturday, May 2, 2020 at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. He was born in Mariah Hill, IN on November 21, 1941 to the late Raymond and Velma (Nord) Grundhoefer. He married Joan Eble on July 3, 1965 in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Dale, IN.

Ron was a 1959 graduate of Dale High School and graduated from the University of Evansville with his Engineering degree. In his younger days, he played on the Mariah Hill Yankees baseball team. He was always interested in hearing about happenings in his home town of Mariah Hill.

He was a veteran of the Indiana Army National Guard, worked for the State of Indiana, and enjoyed a 32 year career as an Industrial Engineer at the Aluminum Company of America (or ALCOA) Warwick Operations. With ALCOA he worked his way through night school to obtain his Engineering degree and later a Master’s Degree in Behavioral Science. After retiring from ALCOA, he became a consultant and enjoyed traveling around the USA working and learning new industries. Ron enjoyed travelling with his late wife Joan all over the USA and visited Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Italy and Thailand. He especially enjoyed two months of winter vacation in Florida with his family and friends. Ron enjoyed cruises and his favorite was a Disney Cruise with his family and grandkids.

Known as “Papa” to his two grandsons, he was a remarkable man and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was friends to everyone he met and enjoyed being social with his close friends. He loved his longstanding “Chandler gang” of friends and was a charter member of the RATT (Retired ALCOA Think Tank) group where he was known as “Gator” and frequently met at the bank (aka, Donut Bank). He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

Known for his infectious smile and sense of humor, he never met a stranger he couldn’t befriend. He loved to be organized and was a planner. He ensured everything in the house and garage had a plastic bin and was put away. Most of all he’ll be remembered for loving his family, friends, and grandsons. He enjoyed being a family man, being a part of their lives in any way possible as a coach, jester, teacher, mentor, and hero. He loved being a part of his grandsons’ lives and spent three months visiting them this past fall where he kept a journal of 21 new adventures he was able to enjoy with them. He will be greatly missed by his son, siblings, grandsons, daughter-in-law and all of his friends.

Ron was preceded in death by his wife, Joan Grundhoefer. He is survived by his son, Douglas Grundhoefer (Amy Marra) of Arlington, VA; grandsons, Mason and Finn Grundhoefer; brother, Kenneth Grundhoefer and his wife, Esther of Evansville; four sisters, Shirley Boeckman, of Santa Claus, Kathleen Kemper and husband, Jim, Sandra Hagedorn, and Ruth Burger, all of Ferdinand. Ron dearly loved his family and grandkids, including his grand-dog Noodle.

A Christian Burial Service will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 11, 2020 at Alexander Newburgh Chapel with entombment in St. John Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum. Friends may visit 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Chemo Buddies.

Live Stream will be Monday, May 11, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. CST at www.facebook.com/FuneralStreamUSA

Condolences may be made online at www.AlexanderNewburghChapel.com.

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, May 10, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, May 11, 2020

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Sharon Lindauer

May 10, 2020

Sorry for your loss...Ronnie always had a big smile on his face and was such a friendly person. Wish we could have visited with you and all my cousins. My mom, Vernita Lueken Nord sends her condolences too.

Phil and Sharon (Lueken) Lindauer

Larry & Martha Schmitt

May 10, 2020

We are proud Members of the Chandler Street Gang. Our gang will never be the same with the loss of Ron and Joanie. We have tremendously missed Joanie and now add the double whammy of Ron. They are an awesome couple to have as dear friends.

We extend our deepest of sympathies to Doug, Amy, boys, and Ron's siblings. We regret we cannot travel to be with you these days. May the souls of Ron and Joanie Rest In Peace.

We love you two big time....may the Good Lord take great care of you!!

Patrick Harvey

May 10, 2020

My deepest condolences to Ron’s family and friends.
Shortly after Ron’s wife Joan died, Ron and I meet for lunch. Ron expressed his sadness and how much he missed his sole mate. His strength and positive attitude still very present. He spoke of family and how much support and love he was receiving. Let us all mirror Ron’s great, always positive and helpful ways in this difficult time. We will miss you; but never forget you Gator! Thanks!

Steve & Betty Nord

May 9, 2020

Dear Doug & family. Please accept our condolences on the passing of Ron. He will be missed and in our thoughts & prayers.

Steve & Betty Nord

Christina Nord Lechner

May 9, 2020

Sorry to hear of Ronnie’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Robert (Bob) Williamson

May 9, 2020

Ron will truly be missed by a whole passel of us. I worked with Ron while consulting at Alcoa for many years. Then later on I had Ron work with me and one of my clients in Hawaii, a tough duty post that we came to enjoy... very quickly. Ron had a way with people of all walks. His charming smile, winning ways, and sense of humor eased him through many situations that could have stalled. Ron became a trusted confident and friend at Alcoa and in the consulting world. Many, many fond memories and fun times with Ron. I'll miss him in.

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Biography

Ronald S. Grundhoefer, 78, of Newburgh, IN passed away Saturday, May 2, 2020 at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. He was born in Mariah Hill, IN on November 21, 1941 to the late Raymond and Velma (Nord) Grundhoefer. He married Joan Eble on July 3, 1965 in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Dale, IN.

Ron was a 1959 graduate of Dale High School and graduated from the University of Evansville with his Engineering degree. In his younger days, he played on the Mariah Hill Yankees baseball team. He was always interested in hearing about happenings in his home town of Mariah Hill.

He was a veteran of the Indiana Army National Guard, worked for the State of Indiana, and enjoyed a 32 year career as an Industrial Engineer at the Aluminum Company of America (or ALCOA) Warwick Operations. With ALCOA he worked his way through night school to obtain his Engineering degree and later a Master’s Degree in Behavioral Science. After retiring from ALCOA, he became a consultant and enjoyed traveling around the USA working and learning new industries. Ron enjoyed travelling with his late wife Joan all over the USA and visited Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Italy and Thailand. He especially enjoyed two months of winter vacation in Florida with his family and friends. Ron enjoyed cruises and his favorite was a Disney Cruise with his family and grandkids.

Known as “Papa” to his two grandsons, he was a remarkable man and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was friends to everyone he met and enjoyed being social with his close friends. He loved his longstanding “Chandler gang” of friends and was a charter member of the RATT (Retired ALCOA Think Tank) group where he was known as “Gator” and frequently met at the bank (aka, Donut Bank). He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

Known for his infectious smile and sense of humor, he never met a stranger he couldn’t befriend. He loved to be organized and was a planner. He ensured everything in the house and garage had a plastic bin and was put away. Most of all he’ll be remembered for loving his family, friends, and grandsons. He enjoyed being a family man, being a part of their lives in any way possible as a coach, jester, teacher, mentor, and hero. He loved being a part of his grandsons’ lives and spent three months visiting them this past fall where he kept a journal of 21 new adventures he was able to enjoy with them. He will be greatly missed by his son, siblings, grandsons, daughter-in-law and all of his friends.

Ron was preceded in death by his wife, Joan Grundhoefer. He is survived by his son, Douglas Grundhoefer (Amy Marra) of Arlington, VA; grandsons, Mason and Finn Grundhoefer; brother, Kenneth Grundhoefer and his wife, Esther of Evansville; four sisters, Shirley Boeckman, of Santa Claus, Kathleen Kemper and husband, Jim, Sandra Hagedorn, and Ruth Burger, all of Ferdinand. Ron dearly loved his family and grandkids, including his grand-dog Noodle.

A Christian Burial Service will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 11, 2020 at Alexander Newburgh Chapel with entombment in St. John Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum. Friends may visit 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Chemo Buddies.

Condolences may be made online at www.AlexanderNewburghChapel.com.

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