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Ronald L. Roehl

Ronald L. Roehl

March 8, 2019

The Obituary


Ronald Leo Roehl

Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such, the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ.

Ronald Leo Roehl was born on October 20, 1933, God’s gift to Ervin Roehl and his wife Leona nee’ Hornburg. The Spirit of God gave Ron a part in the first resurrection, the rebirth of his soul from spiritual death through the gracious washing of Baptism. That faith was nourished by Christian education in his home-life, along with his two older brothers, Bob and Larry. That education was also supplemented by his faithful attendance at church and Christian Day School. He was confirmed in the Christian faith in 1947. Ron went on to Winnebago Academy for his High School years and then attended Bethany College in Mankato, MN graduating in 1954 with a degree in teaching. Throughout his life, Ron enjoyed all kinds of sports including basketball, football, baseball and track. He was a Junior college All-American in basketball and in 2008 was inducted into the Bethany College Hall of Fame.

Revelation 19:9 Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.”

On July 6, 1957, the Lord Jesus united Ron in a Christ-centered marriage with Eunice nee’ Naumann and the two were lifelong companions traveling the path through life and toward heaven. They were blessed with one daughter and three sons.

Teacher Ron began his teaching career in the Kingdom of God by starting a grade school in Granada Hills, CA. He then was a teacher and coach at Fox Valley Lutheran High School in Appleton, WI.

Revelation 14:13  Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”

Christian Ron, in 1959, became a founding member of the Church of the Lutheran Confession where he served many roles in the new church body. He was a delegate to most of the synod’s conventions. He acted as the Convention Moderator for 22 years. He was a member of various boards and committees throughout his lifetime. He likewise served his present church, Messiah Lutheran, as a voter, as president, as a member of different boards, and as Sunday School Superintendent.

Professor Ron, in 1960, accepted the call to labor in the newly formed Immanuel Lutheran High School in Mankato, MN. In 1963, he was part of the school’s move to Eau Claire, WI. Ron was not only an effective teacher, he also was a fatherly and loving mentor to young people going through a variety of struggles. He labored for Immanuel (and Jesus, THE Immanuel) in a number of ways outside of the classroom. He spent many seasons as coach for basketball, baseball and track, served as Dean of Students for 20 years, developed the first computer system for the campus, and was integral in expanding the school’s curriculum in a variety of ways. Any way he could find to serve, he did including cleaning and maintaining the fish pond and getting the flag to half-staff when appropriate.

Citizen Ron served his community by helping to establish the Lowes Creek Little League and as a long-time election poll worker.

Throughout all the various ways Ron served, he always had a mild and gentle spirit but knew when to be firm, all for the Christian welfare of others.

Revelation 22:14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may enter through the gates into the city.

The Roehls lived not by the labor of their hands, but by the labor of the Savior’s hands by Whose blood their robes were cleansed from sin and outfitted with Christ’s righteousness. On January 19 of this year, Ron’s dear wife Eunice entered the gates of heaven. Little did we know that God’s plan called for Ron to enter the same heavenly gates only 48 days later. In the last minutes of March 8, after a couple of weeks with health problems, Ron’s earthly journey of 85 years, 4 months and 16 days ended with the Savior’s special gift of eternal life. His body was cremated and awaits its resurrection on the Last Day. In addition to his wife of 61 years and his daughter Laurie, Ron was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Bob and his wife Jeanette, and sister-in-law Charlotte Roehl.

The members of Ron’s family who are still in their time of God’s grace are:

his son Ross and his wife Lynette of Eau Claire and their 2 daughters;

his son Mike and his wife Sandy of Bismarck, North Dakota and their 2 daughters and 1 son;

his daughter’s family, Dean Marzofka of Menomonie, Wisconsin, and their 2 daughters and 1 son; 

his son Dan and his wife Jennifer of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and their 3 daughters;

his brother Larry of Campbellsport, Wisconsin;

seven great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and a host of former students and friends, especially in his church family, near and far.

Revelation 22:7 [Jesus said] “Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

A Victory Service celebrating the many blessings in Ron’s life will be held on Saturday, March 16th, at 11:00 a.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church, 2015 N. Hastings Way in Eau Claire. Visitation will be one hour before service. Memorials will benefit various needs of Immanuel Lutheran College, as determined by Ron’s family. They may be addressed to: ILC - Ron Roehl Memorial, 501 Grover Road, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701.

Chippewa Valley Cremation Services—Celebration of Life Center in Altoona is serving the family. 


One hour prior to the service at church.


11 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2019, Messiah Lutheran Church, 2015 Hastings Way in Eau Claire.

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  • Missy Noeldner I have such kind memories of Prof. Roehl. Meeting him my freshman year of high school and him getting to deal with me and my classmates. He always looked out for our best interests. Such a caring man. I wish I had told him how I appreciated him and how he handled so many situations. I am thankful for the interaction I did have with him & how he positively affected my life. Sorry for your loss, Ross, Mike & Dan. Prayers for all of you. Your father was a wonderful man.

    March 15 at 11:05pm

  • Arita Jevens For a number of years I was a poll worker along with Eunice and Ron. Ron and I spent many days and evenings at the registration table, sometimes just keeping up with the registrations, and other times, it was quiet and we talked, and laughed and shared our views on many topics. I delighted in the time spent working with him and it was a friendship unique to our time at Bethesda Church. I have not lived in Eau Claire for a few years and was saddened to see the obituary for Ron and am remembering him as a special person, very thoughtful and well informed with a quick wit and the ability to see both humor and meaning in everyday events. I remember him with fondness and offer sincere sympathy to the family who have loved and will miss this fine man.

    March 15 at 10:32pm

  • Jackson Mayhew Professor Roehl, Pastor Roehl, Dan Roehl and family of Ron Roehl:
    He kept his eyes on Jesus, and served Him and his neighbor. We share your sadness, and we share your joy!
    Jack and Louise

    March 14 at 8:02pm

  • Gregory Naumann So very sorry to hear about this loss of an inspiring Christian husband, father, grandfather...and for me...a very dear Uncle. He served as a wonderful example to me personally. I knew Uncle Ron ever since he married Aunt Eunice, He was never too busy to help others. And I will miss his insatiable appetite for finding the unusual e-mails and articles and sending them out. Must be quite a reunion in heaven with the Naumann/Roehl clan! Hope to join them soon.

    Blessings to the family.
    Greg Naumann
    Brookfield, Wisc

    March 14 at 6:56PM

  • Gena Kok To the Roehl family,
    We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of your father and grandfather so soon after the loss of your mother, grandmother too.
    What a blessing that they know are with the Lord together in the Heavenly mansion. Their victory is won! Thankful for Jesus and His great gift of eternal life.
    So thankful for their dedication and love always for our CLC synod. They will be missed dearly here on earth as they were such a rock to so many. I know that my dad (Curtis Brown) and mother loved your parents also. I am sure that he was one of many to welcome your dad at the gates of Heaven. Sending love from our family to your. You are in our thoughts and prayers. In Christian love and sympathy, Gena and Jim Kok and family

    March 13 at 11:59AM

  • Jon Hehli Dan, Ross, Mike and Family.

    I am SO sorry to hear about Ron. Every time I reffed one of his games, he treated me with respect and dignity...just like he lived his life. Being on the court did not change his demeanor. And every time I came to ILHS after he stepped down from coaching, he always come in the coaches room and teased me about something. A CLASS ACT!

    I cannot comprehend the sadness that you all are going through right now given the recent loss of your mom and now your dad.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Jon Hehli

    March 13 at 11:31AM

  • Alyce Maas Lynette and family,

    I am sorry for the loss of your father-in-law and mother-in-law who, I understand, recently also passed away. Surely they are together again and rejoicing in their heavenly reward. Their mansion was prepared and awaiting their arrival for this time.

    I am sure you will miss both of them and will have both a grieving time and a time for celebrating their Christian journey.

    My prayers and condolences are being offered as I think of you.


    March 13 at 11:13AM

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