Ronald W. Prondzinski, 60, of Plover, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 19, 2011, in Racine.
He was born on Jan. 11, 1951, in Stevens Point, to the late Ernest and Agnes (Golla) Prondzinski and attended P.J. Jacobs High School until enlisting in the service. He was married to Marianne Neuberger from 1970 to 1978.
Ronald entered the U.S. Army in Milwaukee on March 8, 1968, and served three years in Vietnam, earning the National Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged at the rank of SP5 at Fort Bliss, Texas.
He was a self-employed truck driver, traveling the United States, for over 37 years and owned RWP Trucking in Plover. In his last 16 years, he faithfully hauled for Bert R. Hybels in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Ronald enjoyed woodworking and his pet parrot, "Buddy."
Survivors include his daughter, Jodi (Kevin) McNichols of Bancroft, and their children, Sean, Jackson, Mackenzie and Payton; son, Jonathan Grych of Wisconsin Rapids; sisters, Marie (Greg) Helminiak of Stevens Point, Elaine (Lyle) Schmackel of Bancroft, Annette (Dave) Orlikowski of Illinois, Jackie (Gabe) Rodriguez of Minnesota, Janice (LaVere) Buckingham of Plover, Karen (Joe) Milanowski of Stevens Point; brothers, Tom (Arlene) of Custer, and Kenny of Plover; special friend, Linda Prutz of Plover; also, many nieces, nephews, relatives and his extended family at Hybels.
In addition to his parents, Ronald was preceded in death by his brothers, Jerry and Mark.
The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pisarski Community Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 2911 Plover Rd., Plover, with the Rev. Jude Dioka officiating. Burial will take place in St. Mary Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Fancher, at a later date. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. For online condolences, please visit www.pisarskifuneralhome.com. (715) 344-7454.