Ronald W. Warthen, 78, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at the Anamosa Care Center following a brief illness. A memorial visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa. Military honors will be accorded at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Survivors include his wife, Marlyn; a daughter, Michelle Moyer; five sisters, Janet (Dick) Lynott, Judy (Dale) Walker, Jean (Keith) Schlemmer, Janice (Bob) Richmond and Jerrie (Ernie) Osterkamp; three brothers, Dewayne (Pam), Allan and Steve; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Joanne, Joyce and Joy.
Ronald Wray Warthen was born Sept. 24, 1940, in Ontario, Ore. He was the son of Wray and Gladys Allen Warthen. He graduated from Anamosa Community School in 1959. He would later attend Kirkwood Community College. Ron served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He returned to Anamosa after his military duty and married Marlyn Wright on March 31, 1967, in Anamosa. Ron worked at Allis Chalmers and Harnesfager in Cedar Rapids. He later worked as a truck driver for Lou Somerville and Don Hummer. Ron also ran a livestock hauling business for area farmers and ran the lunch stand at the Anamosa Sale Barn for many years. He retired from his livestock hauling business in 2017.