Ronald Karl Bretzing

08/24/1934 - 08/13/2016
Service Date: 08/19/2016
Service Time: 11:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2835 E. Des Moines St., Mesa, Arizona

Ronald K. Bretzing, 81 passed away suddenly of natural causes on August 13th while visiting family in Bountiful, Utah.  He was born on August 24th,1934 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Karl T. Bretzing and Afton Smith Bretzing.  Ronald led a happy and productive life filled with family, friends, and many activities.  He was an avid golfer and loved to hike and fish with his brothers in Wyoming. Ronald was also very proud of his military service, having served in the US Navy from 1951-1954 on the USS Mansfield (DD728).  He was decorated with the Good Conduct Medal; Korean Presidential Unit Citation; China Service Medal; Korean Service Medal; United Nations Service Medal; and National Defense Service Medal.  In 1958, he was married to LaVonne Hennessey Bretzing of Minnesota.  Ronald graduated from Arizona State University in 1963 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and worked for more than 30 years in the building materials industry in Oregon and California. Left to carry on his traditions are his children Michael Bretzing, Donna (Johnson) Bretzing (Mike), and Jeffrey Bretzing (Nicole), all of California.  His legacy will be continued through his six grandsons Christopher, Brian, Justin, Joshua, Bradley and Gregory.  Ronald was preceded in death by his parents Karl and Afton Bretzing, his sister Joann (Mortensen) Bretzing of Phoenix, and his wife LaVonne Hennessey Bretzing.  He is survived by his brothers, Gordon Bretzing (Jeannie) of Colorado, David Bretzing of Scottsdale, Richard Bretzing (Dianne) of Utah, Randal Bretzing (Claudia) of Mesa, and brother-in-law Rudolfo Mortensen of Phoenix.  Funeral services were held on Friday, August 19th and Ronald was laid to rest at Greenwood Memory Lawn cemetery.

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