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Ron Whetzel

April 20, 1943 — April 26, 2024

Amarillo

Ron Whetzel's journey began on April 20, 1943, in Great Falls, Montana, born to Harold and Freda Whetzel.  Raised in Bismarck and Valley City, North Dakota, he found joy in racing cars and assisting his father at the service station his family owned growing up. In 1961, he enlisted in the Air Force, shaping his early years with experience and adventures. 

During a New Year's Eve dance in Sanborn, North Dakota, fate intervened, and Ron met Sharon Ludwig, the love of his life. They married on December 5, 1964, in Rogers, North Dakota and it marked the beginning of a life-long partnership filled with love and shared dreams. 

Throughout his career, Ron embraced diverse roles from serving as a police officer to working in the auto parts industry and excelling as a car salesman. His journey also included 7-Eleven, serving as a bank courier, and managing an office building after retirement.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Ron's passion for vintage automobiles shone brightly. He found immense joy in buying and restoring old cars, actively participating in the High Plains Thunderbird car club. Yet admist his pursuits, Ron cherished moments spent with family and friends. 

Ron was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon Whetzel; father, Harold Whetzel; mother, Freda Whetzel; father-in-law, Harvey Ludwig; mother-in-law, Elsie Ludwig; a brother-in-law, Butch Kracht; and a son, Donald Whetzel.

Ron leaves behind a legacy cherished by many.  While his passing is mourned, his memory lives on through his children, Randy Whetzel and Luci Hayes of Amarillo TX , Ryan Whetzel and Andrea Norman of Amarillo, TX, and Sherilyn Poteet and husband Chad of Amarillo, TX; grandchildren, Chantal Whetzel, Sierra Poteet, Caitlyn Poteet, Grace Whetzel, Abby Whetzel, Christian Whetzel; sisters, Sharon Schimke and husband Curt of Bemidji, MN, and Diane Kracht and husband Bruce of Valley City, ND; a sister-in-law, Connie Kracht of Gwinner, ND; a brother-in-law, Rick Ludwig and wife Susie of Park Rapids, MN; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins who loved him dearly.

Memorial services will be at 4:00 P.M., Tuesday, May 7, 2024, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with Nathan Carrington of Jubilee Apostolic Church, officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd. 
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