Ronald Walters

Ronald J. Walters, 77, of Storm Lake, passed away in his home on Dec. 14, 2017 with his loving wife by his side.

Memorial services were held Tuesday, Dec. 19, at St. John Lutheran Church in Storm Lake. The family requests memorials be made in Ronald’s honor. Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements. 

Ronald Jay Walters was born on Oct. 10, 1940, the son of Charles and Anna (Daleske) Walters in Eldora. Growing up, he enjoyed his childhood with four brothers and two sisters. The family attended St. Paul Lutheran Church where Ron was baptized and confirmed. Following graduation from high school in 1959, Ron attended University of Iowa, later graduating from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. with a B.S. in pharmacy in 1968.  

Ron was united in marriage to Barbara Haahr on Sept. 6, 1964, in Storm Lake, her hometown. They were blessed with three wonderful children: David, Daniel and Deborah. In 1968, Ron and Barb moved to Denison with their young son, David, to work in a drugstore. They joined the United Presbyterian Church. The family became involved in many community, school and church activities throughout the years.  

In April 1973, Ron opened his own pharmacy in Denison with a strong desire to serve others and succeed in business. Much of the success he had in his business was attributed to hard work and his long-term employees, their honesty and loyalty to him and his many customers. Walters Pharmacy was open 28 years before Ron retired in June 2001.

Ron’s hobbies included hunting, fishing and attending Iowa Hawkeye games. He was a member of Jaycees, Lions Club, Pheasants Forever and Izaak Walton League. He was a friend to wild birds and animals and devoted to his many loving dogs.  

In 2005, Ron and Barb moved to Storm Lake to enjoy living by the beautiful lake.  They have been members of Lakeside Presbyterian Church and St. John Lutheran Church.  Ron spent his retirement years hunting with friends and fishing with his wife, children and grandchildren. He and Barb spent many years in their Arizona home in the winter months.  

Ron will always be remembered as a kind and loving husband, father, grandfather, pharmacist, neighbor and friend.  With his witty sense of humor and mischievousness throughout his life, Ron loved to make others laugh.  His caring ways were known by all who knew and loved him.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Barb; his son, Dave and his wife Sue of Glenwood; son, Dan of Des Moines and companion Alesia Endres and her son, Cody Gray, of Winterset; daughter, Deb Walters-Smith and her husband, Chris, of Rochester, Minn.; grandchildren Emily and Jenna Walters and Max and Anna Walters-Smith; two brothers, Gary and Bill (Sandra); brother-in-law James (Gretchen) Haahr; sister-in-law Jean (Marvin) Walters; nieces and nephews and step-mother-in-law, Billie Haahr. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Dorothy and Lou; brothers Bob and Marvin; brother-in-law George Goschke; sisters-in-law Ruth, Pat and Faithe Walters; and Barb’s parents, Stanley and Virginia Haahr.