Madison - Ronald J. Reuter age 77 passed away Monday, February 25, 2013.
Ron was born August 2, 1935 in Madison, WI the son of the late Ralph and Hazel (Tisserand) Reuter. He attended St. Patrick Grade School and graduated from Madison East High School in 1954. Three days later he went to work as a meter reader for MG&E. In 1957 he took a job with the City of Madison and in 1959 he joined the Madison Fire Department. During his 17 years with the Madison Fire Department he earned a promotion to Lieutenant and moved into the Fire Prevention Bureau ensuring businesses met the state Fire Codes. In 1976 he moved to Tomah, WI and began working for the State of Wisconsin as Director of Emergency Government for Western Wisconsin and as Head of Fire and Rescue Services for the State of Wisconsin. He retired from the state on his birthday in 1990 and moved back "home" to Madison. In February 1991 he started working part time as a driver for Widen Enterprises.
Ron met the love of his life, Barbara Conlin at the Rollerdrome in 1954. They were married on October 8, 1955 at St. Raphael's Cathedral. After retirement they spent many winters traveling to Arizona or Florida with great friends.
Ron had three passions in his life: faith, friends and family. He never missed a Sunday church service or a Holy Day. He never missed an opportunity to spend time with his countless good friends. Laughing and remembering with them the "good ole days" and he never missed a family gathering. Whether it was in Minnesota or Milwaukee, birthday, anniversary or graduation, time and distance were no match for his love of family.
Ron is survived by his wife Barbara, his children Michael, Randy (Theresa) Reuter, Susan (Randall) Counselman, Terence (Janet) Reuter, and Thomas (Elizabeth) Reuter. He was known as "Papa" to his l0 grandchildren Jeffrey (Stacey) Reuter, Krysta and Brian Reuter, Ginette Counselman , Joseph and Katelyn Reuter, Sarah and Riley Reuter, Ian and Stephanie Reuter and two step-grandchildren Amanda (Kevin) Peterson and Ryan Sheppard. He is further survived by 3 great-grandchildren Jessica, Andrew and Alexander Reuter. He was predeceased by his grandparents, parents, and a brother, Robert A. Reuter, and a sister-in-law Sally Anderson.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at ST. DENNIS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 413 Dempsey Road, Madison at 10:00 a.m. with Father Kent Schmitt officiating. Burial will follow at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Friday, March 1, 2013 at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N. Sherman Ave., Madison, from 4-7 p.m. and again at the church on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of Mass.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Agrace HospiceCare, Inc., 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711.