Lifetime Plymouth resident, Ronald G. Sissel, 57, passed away at his home with his family by his side at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 3, 2021 after a brief, courageous battle with cancer.
Born on January 18, 1964 in Plymouth, Ron was the son of Dorothy (Rankin) Doczy and David R. Sissel. Ron was a talented athlete as a young man and learned skills quickly. With this, he helped his team win the 1982 Indiana State Basketball Championship, his senior year at Plymouth High School. He also excelled in high school football, as the quarterback, and in baseball, where he still holds some school records. He attained a scholarship to play baseball at Taft University in California before transferring to Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. Ron was drafted by the Salt Lake City Trappers to play in Utah.
On February 17, 1990 in Trinity United Methodist Church in Plymouth, Ron took Ronna A. Gantz to be his wife. And soon they would welcome their daughter, Morgan.
In his adult years he continued his ability to learn new skills in the construction trade and as a skilled contractor and laborer, brought client’s dreams to life. He was working for Michiana Contracting in Plymouth as a project manager.
Ron loved reading: mysteries, history, biographies, and politics. He was always wanting to learn more and keep his mind sharp. Ron was always busy doing projects at his home and for others in need of his skills. It was hard for his girls to get him to “take a break” but for over 15 years, the family enjoyed spring breaks in New Smyrna in Florida and for the past 4 years, Naples.
He followed golf and football. Yearly, Ron participated in the Art Tomas Big Red Golf Outing. He was also a lifetime member of the Moose #741.
In one of his last healthiest days, Ron got to walk his baby girl down the aisle on October 10, 2020. He hand-made many of the items and décor for her wedding. Ron was beyond proud of the life Ronna and he had made and the beautiful daughter they had raised.
He is survived by his adoring wife of 31 years, Ronna of Plymouth, and their daughter and son-in-law, Morgan (Aaron) Landrey, of Plymouth; his mother Dorothy (Bill) Doczy of Plymouth; his brother, Robert Sissel, and his dog, Yogi.
Ron was preceded in death by his father, Dave, and his maternal grandparents, Cecil and Alice Rankin.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 11, 2021 from 2-6 p.m. at Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan Street, Plymouth.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 12, 2021 at Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home with Sam Boys officiating. Visitation will resume one hour prior.
Memorial donations can be made to Center for Hospice Care 112 S. Center St. Plymouth IN 46563.
PLEASE NOTE: For your protection, the entire funeral home staff will wear masks. It is mandated that family members and their guests do so as well.
Marilee Johnson says
I’m so very sorry to read this obituary about Ron. I did not know him well, but remember him on the basketball court with the 1982 Champs. I did know Ron’s Dad, Dave we were classmates. And I also know his Lovely Mother Dorothy. My sympathy to the Family and his Friends.
Marilee (Chuck) Johnson
Dennis & Francie Beville says
Please accept our deepest sympathies upon the loss of Ron. Cherish the memories.
Kevin and Donna Chaney says
Our deepest condolences for your loss. Ron was a talented athlete as a young man and learned skills quickly. In his adult years he continued his ability to learn new skills this time in the construction trade and as a contractor brought client’s dreams to life. Hopefully the fond memories of Ron carry you through this difficult time.
Hey, Ronna, This is Jeff (Andrea’s Dad). I am so sorry you and Morgan lost Ron at such a young age… didn’t know he was ill and suffering. Knew it had been awhile since I’d seen him past the house in his blue truck and wave to him. Just wanted you to know that I wish I would have known him so many years earlier than from Joe’s passing because I always enjoyed my time with him whenever he would help Andrea and me out. Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help you. Jeff
Ellen Pitcher says
I am so sorry for your loss.
Sharon Selner says
Dorothy and family: I am so terribly sorry for the loss of your precious son. Our prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Kathy Slabaugh Smith says
My deepest sympathy goes out to all his family and friends. Remember him from school and when I lived down the street from you Ron and Bob. He could be quite onary. He will never be forgotten. Again prayers to all.
Paula Neidlinger says
Sending the family our love and sincere condolences. Words escape me. Love you! Mike and Paula Neidlinger
Ren and Beverly says
Sending you our love.
Ren and Beverly
Roger Eads says
Roger and I are deeply saddened and sorry for your loss.
God Bless 🙏
Jeanette and Tom Loeffler says
Our most sincere condolences to Ron’s family. We have memories of him in high school sports, especially when he ripped the ball away from the player about to score a basket in the semi-final game in 1982.
May you all find God’s peace.
Trish Rogers says
So sorry to hear of your loss. We send our deepest of sympathies. He has gone too soon, but has left those memories to hold dear!
Gary and Trish Rogers
Ken Fox says
I am so sorry for your loss. Ron and I (and Bob) were teammates long ago and it was great to see the man he became. My family and I will keep you in our prayers.
Laurie (Beauchamp) Boyne says
Very sorry for your loss. May your memories help you through this time of grieving. My deepest sympathy.
Sim Marcy Caron says
Our deepest condolences to the family’s. May God bless you with all the fond memories you had with him. He was such a pleasant man. He will be greatly missed.
SIM & MARCY (MCMILLEN)CARON
Mark and Dar Blubaugh says
You are in our hearts and prayers at this difficult time.
Paula Babcock says
Ronna, I was sorry to learn of your husbands passing. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Prayers for all during this time.
Nelson Chipman says
My deepest condolences to the entire family. Ron is one of those rare fellows that brought humor and smiles to every encounter. Godspeed.
Ray Pynaert says
My Condolences to all Sissel’s and friends. Ron was a great guy!!!!
Susan McGee says
Thinking of you at this difficult time . I am so sorry for your loss .
With Deepest Sympathy,
Craig A Stevens says
So sad to hear of the passing of my friend Ron. It has been years since I have seen him since moving to Florida. Ron was a co-worker and fellow softball teammate of mine. I enjoyed watching and talking sports with Ron. He was a great person to call my friend.
Lynette Dickson. ,Autumn Crowe says
GOD has gained a Good Man to help fight in HEAVEN , you are in our prayers
gwen DeVault King says
Ron was a classmate.
So sorry for your loss. Thoughts & prayers to you & your family 🙏
Dave and Chris Morrow says
Ronna and Morgan- I’m so very sorry for your loss. All of my memories of Ron are of him joking, laughing and smiling. The photo you selected is perfect . I pray you will find some comfort in cherishing your wonderful memories . Always, Dave and Chris Morrow
Tracy Knepper says
So very sorry for your loss!! Prayers for all the family!!
Bill Nixon says
This is a note that I hate to be writing. There is a bond that exists between a coach and his players. I had a somewhat different relationship with the Sissel family. Dave and I pitched together and I coached both Bob and Ron. All the Sissels were excellent pitchers .Ron’s athletic skills and accomplishments were remarkable. He was one of the best 3 sport athletes to walk the halls of PHS. I never remember him pitching a bad game. He made a block in the state basketball finals that saved the game. He hit a home run in the regional tourney that hit the school, the only one I ever saw. I never heard anything bad about him on or off the field. He was a great friend to two of my sons, especially Andy. His quarterback skills were as good as I have seen at Plymouth. They were not rewarded because of the style of play at the time. I crossed paths with Ron a few years ago and he said “coach, we didn’t have to like you because we respected you”. No coach would want a greater statement by any of his players. May God be with you all during this time of sorrow.
Patty Cummins says
I am sorry for your loss and sending my thoughts and prayers for all family and friends!
Ron’s 2nd cousin,
Dina Smith Pintal says
I’m so sorry for your loss. Ron and I went to school together graduating in 1982. He was a great athlete, but above all else, he was a great man. I never saw him without a smile on his face and laughing at something funny someone said. He will be missed by many. Prayers to the entire Sissel family.
Bobbijo Bridgman says
Deepest sympathies foer,r the loss of your beloved father,husband,brother,and son. Prayers to you all while you moan your loss. May God bless and keep you all during this difficult time.
Karen (Jones) Krohn says
So sorry for your loss. Ron was a classmate during my short time at PHS, but remember him as a great athlete and happy guy.
May God comfort and strengthen you at this time and give you His peace.
Donna Cole says
So very sorry for your loss Ronna. May God give you and your family much comfort.
Emily Bowser says
Ronna and family, so sorry for your loss.
The Caine Family says
Ronna and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
John, Cheryl, Colin, and Meghan Caine
Jim Hazen says
Just learned of Ron’s passing. My deepest sympathies.
Ron’s Anderson University pitching coach.