Ronald E. Zwelling, 89, of Salina, passed away June 27, 2019. Mr. Zwelling was born Feb. 5, 1930, in Cleveland. He grew up in Buffalo, N.Y.
He served 10 years in the U.S. Navy. He was a chief petty officer and veteran of the Korean War. He then spent eight years as an independent businessman and 20 years with the Federal Aviation Administration as an electronics technician, serving in Lincoln, North Platte, and Sidney, Neb., before being stationed in Goodland and finally Salina. He retired in 1985 as manager of Salina Sector Field Office.
He was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), AARP, and a lifetime member of VFW Post 1432, Salina.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Caroline, in 1998; son, Robert E. Zwelling, in 2018; mother, Gertrude Zwelling; and sisters, Nancy Battoni and Sally Procton.
Survivors include his daughters, Karen Luvender (Richard), of Colby, Linda Doke (Randy), of Wray, Colo., and Janet Jensen, of St. Francis; brother, Tom Zwelling, of Niagara, N.Y.; sister, Patty Fumanti, of Buffalo, N.Y.; six grandchildren, and 13 great–grandchildren.
Ron enjoyed a good joke, solving crossword puzzles and cryptoquips, Jeopardy on TV, surfing the internet and sending emails to friends and family everywhere. He liked to collect recipes and visit with his neighbors when he went on his evening walks around the neighborhood. His mind and wit stayed sharp up to his last days.
Graveside memorial service and inurnment will be Friday, Sept. 20, at Fort McPherson, Maxwell, Neb.
Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army or VFW Post 1432 of Salina, in care of Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. Eighth St., Salina, KS 67401.