Ronald Lee Chambliss, 72, of Tipton, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at Mercy Iowa City. Visitation for Ron will be on Sunday, Nov. 19, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Fry Funeral Home, Tipton. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 20, at the funeral home. Immediately following the funeral service, there will be a time of food and remembrance for all friends and family to attend at St. Mary's Hall, Tipton. In honoring Ron's request, he will be cremated following the funeral service. Inurnment will be held at Red Oak Cemetery, Tipton, at a later date.
Memorials in Ron's honor may be directed to Cedar County Freedom Rock.
Online condolences may be shared at www.fryfuneralhome.com.
Ron was born Feb. 14, 1945, in Muscatine, Iowa, son of Gerald and Norma (Birkhofer) Chambliss. Ron's family moved to Tipton in the early '60s. He graduated from Tipton High School, Class of 1965. Ron was united in marriage to Diane Mueller on Aug. 28, 1971, in Tipton, where they remained and raised their children, Angela and Timothy.
Ron's employment years were spent with the Iowa Department of Transportation, where he was employed for 33 years before retiring in December 2001. Ron developed several lasting friendships with his co-workers that remained through his retirement years. Ron cherished the time he spent with his family; he was a true family patriarch who will remain in the hearts of many. Ron enjoyed golf, watching the Iowa Hawkeyes in football and basketball, the Chicago Bears and doing crossword puzzles.
Surviving Ron are his wife of 46 years, Diane; children, Angela (Rob Penningroth) Chambliss of Clarence and Timothy (Jill) Chambliss of Tipton; sisters, Shirley Grunder of Muscatine and Patricia (Donald) Parker of Cedar Rapids; brother, Robert (Lois Greenwald) Chambliss of Muscatine; grandchildren, Colin and Carson Chambliss; mother-in-law, Melva Mueller; and special fur-companion, Sophie.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Janet; brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Kay Chambliss; brother-in-law, Marlyn Grunder; sister-in-law, Judith Chambliss; and father-in-law, Ransom Mueller.