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Ronald L. Way

January 23, 1937 — April 15, 2023

Ronald L Way, age 86, born to Leslie and Katherine (Panozzo)Way, on January 23, 1937, passed on to Heaven's best fishing hole on April 15, 2023. 

Ron was an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing, hunting, camping and nature. He could be seen around many a campfire with harmonica in hand and Neil Diamond playing " Crackling Rosie" in the background. Dancing by firelight, the moon and stars were Ron and Bonnie's "nightclub".

Ron could also be found from riverbanks to oceans with a pole in hand. He taught his kids how to tie flies before they could even tie their shoes!

Ron served his country proudly in the US Marines from 1955 to 1959. Next Ron apprenticed with his Uncle Vic at his TV hospital. That is where his love for electronics bloomed. He attended Western MI University as well as Northern Michigan University, earning his master’s degree. Ron then became a professor at Muskegon Community College where he taught and directed in the Technology Department, as well as developed the Biomedical Technologies Department, for many years, before retiring and building a home in Florida with his loving wife of 48 years and fishing partner, Bonnie Way (Blindauer). 

Later in life, they relocated to the mountains of Show Low Arizona. Ron still loved to tinker with taking electronic things apart, only to discover they no longer contained glass tubes! 

Ron is survived by his loving wife, Bonnie Way (Blindauer); brothers, Richard (Judy) Way and Paul Way; Ron's children, Charleen Goosen, Tom (Lynn) Goosen, Jeanne Way-Flores (Florentino), Ted (Lori) Goosen and Stephen (Lori) Way; along with several grandchildren and great grandchildren; nieces and nephews and his little dog "Flash." 

He is preceded in death by his beloved son, David L. Way (2021) and will be buried alongside him at Fort Custer National Cemetery. Also preceded in death by infant granddaughter, Sara Way. 

Ron has requested no funeral service but will receive a military send off, with honors, at a later date to be determined. 

So, Semper fi Ron, Husband, Brother, Father and Grandfather. May you be "Forever in Blue Jeans" sipping "Crackling Rosie" and Singing "Sweet Caroline" next to your favorite fishing hole. We love you and our cherished memories. 

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