Ronald J. Wasinger, 66, of Overland Park, Kansas, and former longtime resident of Russell, Kansas, died on April 5, 2011 at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Ron was born on February 1, 1945, to Andrew and Miriam Wasinger and grew up in Victoria, Kansas. He was a graduate of Victoria High School, played football for Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas, served in the U.S. Army Reserves, and later graduated from Ft. Hays State University. In 1966, he was united in marriage to Rita M. Leikam in Hays, Kansas. After almost 45 years of marriage they were blessed by 6 children and 15 grandchildren. Ron was a restaurant owner/manager and construction worker in Russell. For years he was a mainstay providing volunteer coaching and other services for Russell area youth baseball and softball organizations. More recently he enjoyed spending time with his ever-growing crew of grandchildren.
Ron was preceded in death by his father Andrew and brothers Clifford and John.
Surviving family include his wife Rita Wasinger of Overland Park, Kansas; mother Miriam Wasinger of Victoria, Kansas; son Ron Wasinger of San Diego, California; daughter Renee Bolte and her husband Brian of Sand Springs, Oklahoma; son Rick Wasinger of Overland Park, Kansas; son Randy Wasinger and his wife Mary of Overland Park, Kansas; son Ryan Wasinger and his wife Tonya of Overland Park, Kansas; daughter Rebecca Coady and her husband David of Liberty, Missouri; brother Lloyd Wasinger and his wife Debbie of Manhattan, Kansas; sister Mary Bittel and her husband Marvin of Hays, Kansas; sister Rose Brown and her husband Brian of Gladstone, Missouri; and fifteen grandchildren: Kayla, Kristen and Nate Bolte; Cooper and Carson Wasinger; Mackenzie, Zoe, Andrew and Faith Wasinger; Easton, Jaxson and Kamari Wasinger; Alaina, Ian, and Julia Coady.