Ronald John Neitling (Ron to most) was the second child born to Elizabeth and Ken Neitling on June 17, 1943 in Cadillac Saskatchewan. He was the younger brother to Carol. Ron had a full life. Even as a child, the grass never grew under his feet. He was always busy. He loved fishing, biking, and fixing things. Since their families were acquainted, Ron met Margaret as a child and they grew up in close proximity. Ron married Margaret Rose Nightingale on August 19, 1967. In 2017, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and renewed their vows in St Patrick’s Church.
Ron held a number of professions in his life, as a newlywed moving to Moose Jaw, he worked at the oil refinery, and at McLeod’s store. Marg and Ron’s first born, their son Chris arrived in Moose Jaw. Soon the young family departed for British Columbia in 1969. Ron followed in his father and grandfather’s footsteps and became a funeral director. He worked side by side with his parents in the family business at the Columbia Funeral home in New Westminster, BC. Upon the sale of the family business, Ron trained and worked as a sheriff in Vancouver. There he made a number of friends, which he still has to this day. Ron and Marg’s second son Robert was born in 1972. Although the family stayed in BC for ten years, the Prairies always had remained home. In 1979, Ron moved his young family to Preeceville where they purchased the family business, Preeceville Funeral Home. It was here they set down their roots and made their home.
Ron volunteered many hours throughout his life, he was a member of The Knights of Columbus, The Masonic lodge, The Lions Club and served them all faithfully. He had a strong sense of philanthropy raising money for several community and national fundraisers. He crossed the province five times in the late eighties and early 90s, by snowmobile, raising money for The Lions’ Eye Bank.
He was dedicated to his work, his family, and all those he served.
Ron was predeceased by his son Robert in 2016, his mother Elizabeth in 2016, and his father Ken in 1994.
Ron is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Margaret, his son, Chris (Arlene); daughter in law Stacey (Merlin) and 6 grandchildren Christopher (Ashley); Nicklaus; Kaeley (Dustin); Zander; Agustus, His sister Carol (Paul) Lamarre; one aunt, Marion Mann; numerous nieces; nephews; great nieces; great nephews; and cousins.
A Visitation for Family and Friends was held on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Preeceville Funeral Home. The Funeral Service was held on Wednesday February 5, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. from St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Sturgis with Father Michal Pajak, OMI as the main celebrant and Father Andrew Sowa, OMI as the con-celebrant. The Interment followed in the family plot in the Preeceville Community Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Preeceville Hospital Auxiliary Emergency Care Unit or to St. Patrick's Church Building Fund as Gifts of remembrance. Arrangements have been entrusted to Preeceville Funeral Home.
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