Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Ronald Ward Waldby went to be with his beloved wife, Phyllis, on Jan. 20, 2013. Ron was born in Sandstone Township near Jackson on March 28, 1922.
Ron attended Concord Schools through graduation. During a football game “Rosie” informed an official of an error in the call which resulted in a penalty to Ron’s team and was later recognized by the High School Athletic Association for his honesty. Although Ron was not a sterling student in high school he attracted the attention of Phyllis Tuohy, the eventual valedictorian.
After high school graduation he joined his dad in the Waldby Meat Market in Concord and took over the business when his dad retired.
When World War II broke out Ron joined the U.S. Navy and became a Gunners Mate aboard the USS Steady, a mine sweeper, which operated in the Mediterranean between North Africa and Italy. He kept a daily journal throughout his time in the Navy and published it in the 1990s.
After being discharged from the Navy Ron and Phyllis were married on Dec. 24, 1944.
Ron’s fondness of animals was his motivation for going to veterinary school at Michigan State College, where he graduated in 1955.
By this time Ron and Phyllis had two children, Patricia and Ramon. The family moved to Traverse City to begin a veterinary practice. Richard Kratovil and George Lombard joined Ron in a practice on Rennie Hill Road, now known as Veterans Drive. Upon retirement from the Traverse City practice they built a home at the south end of Torch Lake.
Ron and Phyllis enjoyed traveling, especially in Mexico. On one of their early visits they engaged in an immersion Spanish class, which resulted in much better communication with the local population.
Surviving Ron’s passing are his children, Patricia (Jerry Rowe) and Ramon (Kay Carmody); grandchildren, Ronald Rowe and Danielle Waldby; sister, Marilyn Rutz; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding Ron in death were his parents; brother, Wayne Thompkins; sister, Vera Kennedy; and wife, Phyllis.
A memorial service will be held this spring at the United Methodist Church in Alden.
This obituary provides facts and dates of various events in a man’s life but it does not tell the true generosity, kindness and helpfulness this man gave those around him. We were extremely lucky to have known him and can only try to emulate the qualities he showed us. Thank you Ron.