NEGAUNEE, MI. - Ronald R. Sylvester, 80, of Queen Road, Negaunee, died peacefully with his loving family by his side at 12:30 pm on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility.
Ronald was born May 17, 1934 in Negaunee to Russell and Martha (Ammesmaki) Sylvester, graduated from Negaunee High School, Class of 1954, and was a lifelong Negaunee resident. Following graduation, he enlisted and served in the United States Army. Following his service to his country, he married Judith Moss on June 11, 1960 and they resided in Negaunee.
During his younger years, Ronald worked as a mason with the Sylvester Bros, and was later employed as a truck driver for Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company at the Ore Improvement Plant.
Mr. Sylvester was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Negaunee and was a former member of the Negaunee Eagles. In his free time he enjoyed hunting and fishing, mowing the lawn on his riding mower, and watching old western movies with actors such as John Wayne. Besides being a western movie buff, Ronald also loved watching Looney Tunes, often enjoying cartoons with his grandchildren who he greatly adored.
Surviving are his daughter, Dawn (Wendell) Ward of Negaunee; 2 sons: Ron (Charles Schultz) Sylvester of Minneapolis and Mark Sylvester of Negaunee; 3 grandchildren: Ryan 'the Smart Bugger', Devin 'the Dev' and Jesslyn 'My Little Girl' Ward; brothers: Robert (Maxine) Sylvester of Negaunee and Russell (Kathy) Sylvester of Ishpeming; Marie (John) Lyons of Negaunee and Ruth (Robert) Boyce of Marquette; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his loving wife of 41 years, Judith (Moss) Sylvester on March 3, 2001.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:00 pm on Monday, June 9 at St. Paul Catholic Church with Monsignor Peter Oberto officiating. Entombment will take place at Northland Chapel Gardens. The family will greet relatives and friends from 11:00 am until the time of Mass at 1:00 pm at the church on Monday, and also at a luncheon in the church hall immediately following the Mass.
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Ronald's memorial page may be viewed at koskeyf uneralhome.com, where memories and condolences may be shared.