April 7, 1932-April 21, 2019
Ronald Lassek of Columbus died Sunday, April 21, 2019, at Prairie Village in Columbus.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 24, at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, with a 7 p.m. vigil service, all at McKown Funeral Home. Visitation will continue from 9:30 a.m. until service time Wednesday morning at St. Anthony Church. Interment will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery, with military honors by Hartman Post #84 American Legion Honor Guard. In lieu of plants and flowers, the family suggests memorials to St. Anthony’s, St. Isidore’s, St. Michael’s Museum in Tarnov, or donor’s choice.
Ronald Casimir Lassek was born April 7, 1932, on a farm near Fullerton, to Casimir and Helen (Shemek) Lassek. He graduated from Columbus (Kramer) High School in 1950. He was in the United States Air Force from 1952–1956. He graduated from Wichita State University in 1963, and received his Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana State University in 1968. Ron spent his entire working career in the aerospace industry, working at the Boeing Company, General Dynamics and retired in 1997 from Lockheed-Martin Corporation in Fort Worth, Texas. A significant milestone was his involvement in the Apollo missions, which included the landing on the moon. Ron returned to Columbus in 2018.
Ron’s main hobby was working on family genealogy in which he traced his family roots to the 17th century. Ron also enjoyed collecting old coins.
Ronald is survived by sister, Gloria Brandenburgh; sister, Elaine Ahrens Hall; sister, Jeanne (Robert) Akerley; niece, Cheryl Brandenburgh; nephew, William (Paula) Brandenburgh; nephew, Rick (Janet) Ahrens; nephew, Ronald (Michaela) Ahrens; nephew, Randy Ahrens; niece, Suzanne (Brad) Ebel; niece, Andrea Akerley; 16 great nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by parents, Casimir and Helen Lassek; brother-in-law, William Brandenburgh; nephew, William Lee Brandenburgh.
Remembrances can be sent at www.mckownfuneralhome.com.