Ronald Kirmsse, 81, of Milwaukee, was born to eternal life on December 9th, with his loving wife, Claudia Kirmsse, by his side. Ron was born November 9th, 1941, to Ann and Roland Kirmsse, and a couple years later became a big brother to Aunt Barbara (deceased). Ron attended 16th Street grade school and Custer High School. On January 26th, 1963, he married Claudia Burzynski and officially became “Her Man”. Not long after, Ron became “Dad” to Laura (Bill) Grossman, Mary (Bill) Martin, Ronnie and Angie (Joe) Heim. From there, the Kirmsse clan enjoyed many fun and amazing years as his family. Ron worked hard and gave his all to support his family making sure there was always time for fun! Camping trips out west and vacationing in Florida were among his favorites. Taking the kids to the airport to watch the airplanes take off and land and stopping for ice cream on the way home was always a treat. Ron drove the kids to deliver the Sunday morning newspapers, helped them with math, taught the girls how to drive stick shift so they would never have to rely on someone else. Ron’s family grew around him when he became grandpa to Heather (Jordan Kalous), Caitlin (Justin Loduha), Tim (Talor), Calla, Erick, Hannah and Robin. Heather, Caitlin and Tim blessed dad with five wonderful great-grandchildren.
Ron made certain his kids received a solid Catholic education. Where the kids went, he went. Ron was active in the church (St. Anthony of Padua). His time and talent was served as a eucharistic minister, President of the parish council, Chair of the finance committee and treasurer. When asked to be a baseball coach for the school, dad was there.
The majority of Ron’s working life was at Allis Chalmers where he was the operational foreman. Planning, organizing and leading his work teams was something dad found rewarding.
Ron enjoyed nature tremendously, keeping his bird feeders full, watching and listening to the different types of birds that would stop by and sing a tune, and walking his furry friend, Jack, were among his favorite past times.
Later in life, Ron and Claudia spent as much time as they possibly could at their “fishing shack” in Sturgeon Bay. Fishing, joke telling, beer drinking, perhaps a little brandy, playing “corn hulio”, dancing at the local taverns and spending time with his family was what he enjoyed doing most with his time there.
Ron was a man who did all he could for his family and always thought about others before himself. He was lighthearted, easy going with a simple sense of humor and never took life too seriously. “Lived life in balance.”
Please join us in celebrating Ron’s life, Friday, January 6th, at St. Vincent Pallotti Church, 201 N. 76 Street, Milwaukee. Visitation from 10:00 am to 11:30 am, with Mass following at 11:30 am.
The family would like to thank all of the care takers at the Algoma Long Term Care Unit. The personal care he received there is exceptional and greatly appreciated.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift in his memory to the Medical College of Wisconsin for the Neurosciences Institute for Dementia Research. When making your gift, select “other” under the gift designation and then type in “Dementia Research” in the following text box. Before submitting your gift, you can choose to make it a tribute gift in memory of Ronald J. Kirmsse.
For those wanting to mail in their gift, please write the check out to the Medical College of Wisconsin. In the memo line, please include “Dementia Research in memory of Ronald J. Kirmsse.
All checks can be mailed to:
The Medical College of Wisconsin
PO Box 26509
Milwaukee, WI 53226