Ronald “Ron” Henry Hartzell , age 81 of Birchwood, WI, died Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at the Heritage Lakeside in Rice Lake, WI. 

He was born on March 17, 1938 in Edgerton, WI to Henry and Mildred (Fenrick) Hartzell. Ron graduated from the Edgerton High School, graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa with a degree in Biology. He played college baseball and was in the concert band. He continued his education graduating from  Union College in Schenectady, NY with a  Master of Science Degree in Education. He was married to Dianne Foss in 1961 in Preston, MN and they later divorced.  Ron was a High School Biology Teacher in Menomonee Falls, WI and coached Basketball and girls and boys Tennis for many years.  

After his retirement he became a massage therapist called Keep in Touch Massage in Birchwood, WI and was active in the Birchwood Schools as a athletic trainer for all sports. He enjoyed fishing, watching the birds, spending summers on Spider Lake, and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and loved going tospring training. He enjoyed playing his drums in a band at the Bluegill Bar inBirchwood.  

He is survived by his loving companion, Karen Allen of Birchwood, WI; 3 children, Lanie (Dan) Zimmermann of Franklin, WI, Susie (Louie) Sandow of Plainfield, WI and David (Jody) Hartzell of Oshkosh, WI; 6 grandchildren, Leah (Joe) Bushman, Melanie (Garret) Stone, Louie (Alyse) Sandow, Cora Sandow (Fiance Drew Meyer), Brynn Hartzell and Meg Hartzell; 4 great grandchildren, Lucy, Charlie, Thatcher and Cohen.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Mildred Hartzell. 

A celebration of his life will be held at 2PM Friday, August 30, 2019 at Appleyard’s Home for Funerals in Rice Lake, Luther Tolo officiating, withinterment in the Jenson Cemetery in Edgerton, WI. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the Funeral Service on Friday at Appleyard’s Home for Funerals. 

A special thank you goes to Heritage Manor and Heritage Lakeside for theirspecial care they gave to Ron for taking wonderful care of him for many years.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated to a scholarship fund that is going to be set up for a Birchwood, WI High School student that will go into Education.

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