Ronald William Chrcek, age 82, of Goetzville, Michigan, died on March 24, 2021 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. He was born on February 4, 1939, in Saginaw, Michigan, to Thomas and Ella (Berg) Chrcek.
Ron grew up in Spaulding Township. He attended Hess Elementary School and finished high school at Arthur Hill Trade School. He went to work for U.S. Graphite as a machine operator. He met Coral Luplow at a restaurant and soon they were married on October 22, 1960, at St. John Lutheran Church, Zilwaukee, Michigan. They lived in Saginaw and raised their children. Ron served in the Michigan National Guard for eight years. Ron studied and worked on becoming an electrician while at U.S. Graphite and after 27 years moved on to work at Flint Truck and Bus General Motors Plant as an electrician. He was always busy and even drove sugar beet trucks in his off time. With 17 years in at General Motors, he retired in 2002.
Every year he and Coral would pack up their kids and spend summer vacation in the U.P. He built a home in Goetzville and they moved up following his retirement.
Ron played a little slow pitch ball for Michigan Bean when they were first married, but he really loved to spend his time working and getting things done. He loved the U.P. and liked to hunt and fish and do woodworking projects in his shop. After retirement he liked to tinker around his shop and run his Kubota tractor.
Ronald is survived by his wife, Coral Chrcek of Goetzville; son, Ronald (Lori) Chrcek of Freeland, Michigan; son-in-law, Ronald Wawsczyk of White Cloud, Michigan; grandchildren, Michelle (Ryan) Seeling, Bradley (Kelsey) Chrcek, Zachary (Rachel) Wawsczyk, and Aubrey Wawsczyk; great-grandchild, Scarlett Chrcek; brother, Thomas (Maureen) Chrcek of Saginaw, Michigan; sisters, Diane Leddy and Karen (Michael) Willman both of Hemlock, Michigan; sister-in-law, Nancy Chrcek of Frankenmuth, Michigan.
Ron is preceded in death by his daughter, Beth Wawsczyk; brother, Robert Chrcek; sister, Lorainne (Ken) Fallstick; and brother-in-law, Gary Leddy.
Funeral service will take place at 1:00 p.m. Friday, March 26, 2021, at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 545 7th Street, Freeland, Michigan 48623. Rev. Rob Schmidt will officiate with a private family burial at Spaulding Township Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service on Friday at the church. In accordance with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services ordinance, indoor capacity is limited, face coverings are required, and social distancing encouraged. We appreciate everyone's efforts to reduce the spread of covid-19 in our community. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Hospice of the E.U.P., 308 W. 12th Ave., Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan 49783; or Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 545 7th Street, Freeland, Michigan 48623.