Ronald Leonard Breitwisch, 56, of Marion, died at his home Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009, from brain cancer. Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 8, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Marion by the Rev. Greg Williamson. Burial was at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, Cedar Rapids. Visitation was held at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home on Friday.
Survivors include his wife, Jane Marie Breitwisch; daughter Sheryl (Justin) Stine of Lincoln, Neb.; son David (Michelle) Breitwisch of North Liberty; two grandchildren, Brick and Michaela Stine of Lincoln, Neb.; and a brother, Gary (Linda) Breitwisch of Plymouth, Wis.
Ronald was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Ethel Breitwisch.
Ronald was born March 6, 1953, in Manitowoc, Wis., the son of Edward and Ethel (Jindra) Breitwisch. He married Jane Marie Sieker there on June 28, 1975. Ronald graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. He was employed with Rockwell Collins as a principal systems engineer since 1975 working in the SATCOM Department. He was honored with the Engineer of the Year Award in 2003.
Ronald was an amateur radio operator (KCOOX) and a member of the Collins Amateur Radio Club and Cedar Valley Amateur Radio Club, where he served as the Emergency Preparedness director. Ronald was the district emergency coordinator for the ARRL. With his volunteer work with the Linn County Emergency Management Team he received the Lumar Dostal Public Service Award in 2005. Ronald also enjoyed volunteering as a first responder and was a trained weather spotter. He loved camping, boating and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
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A memorial fund has been established by the family.