Ronald Charles Kath
Sunday, July 6, 1941
Date of Death:
Thursday, January 24, 2019
77 years old
Ronald Charles Kath
Ronald Charles Kath, 77, of Rochester, died suddenly on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at his home.
Ron was born on July 6, 1941 to William and Mina (Hoppe) Kath. He grew up on the family farm located a few miles west of Stewartville. He attended schools in Stewartville and graduated from Stewartville High School in 1961.
After high school, Ron worked for Foss Plumbing in Stewartville. He served in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1966, including a tour of duty in Vietnam from 1965 to 1966. Among the awards he earned while in the army were the Good Conduct Medal, the Sharpshooter (Rifle) Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze service stars. After returning home from Vietnam, Ron married the love of his life, Paula Freytag. They were married for over 52 years.
Ron worked in maintenance for the Rochester Public School District for over 30 years. Among the schools he worked at were Mayo High School, Elton Hills, Churchill, and Holmes Elementary Schools. He retired from the school district in 1999.
On May 2, 2013, when Rochester had a record breaking 15″ snowfall, Ron collapsed in front of his home and when found by his neighbor, Bob Hughes, Ron no longer had a heartbeat or pulse. Bob started CPR on Ron while his son called 911. Due to the heroic efforts of Bob, the police, the paramedics, and the Mayo Clinic, Ron survived and we were so fortunate to have Ron with us for an additional 5 1/2 years.
Ron was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting, fishing, and camping. He had a hilarious and sarcastic sense of humor which was inherited by his children. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t do, from minor home repairs to remodeling an entire house. First and foremost though, Ron was very much a family man. His family was his biggest pride and joy and the most important thing in the world to him. Besides his wife, Paula, the loves of his life were his children, Dawn and Lisa; and his grandchildren: Amanda, Davis, Aaron and Noah “Hammie”.
Ron is survived by his wife, Paula of Rochester; daughters: Dawn Doherty of Rochester and Lisa Gray of Rogers, Arkansas; his grandchildren: Amanda, Davis and Aaron Gray of Rogers, Arkansas, and Noah Doherty of Rochester. Ron is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and nine brothers and sisters. He was the last surviving child of William and Mina.
The memorial Mass for Ron will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home with Rev. Russell Scepaniak officiating. Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m. prior to the service, in the chapel.
In lieu of flowers, Ron’s family will direct any memorials to his favorite charities.
The family of Ronald Charles Kath has received the following condolences.
Saddened by the loss of another district friend...Ron was always ready with a smile and offer to help out at Churchill Elementary....
Keeping the Kath family in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. Cherish the happy memories you have of Ron, hopefully they will carry you through on those days when you miss him the most.
Our sincere sympathy to Paula and family.
To Paula and family,
I just learned of Ron's passing. Please accept my deepest condolences and prayers.
Sincerely, Georgia Myers
Paula, and family my prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time. May God take each of you into his heart and hands and comfort you. God Bless you.
Please know I and others are thinking of you.
remembering your sweet father with love.
Sincere condolences to the Kath family during this time of loss. Take care and all good thoughts your way.
Paula and Family,
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. You will all be in my prayers.
Sending my most sincere sympathies to you in the loss of your husband. Warm thoughts and prayers going out for you during this most difficult time.
HPA and Employees Association
Dear Paul and Family,
We were sorry to read of Ron's sudden passing; please accept our heartfelt condolences and sympathies. Draw strength from your many memories of happy years together.
Mary and Gene Sorensen
Dear Paula & Family. So sorry to read of Ron's passing. My heartfelt condolences & love to your family.
Paula and family,
We are very sad to hear that Ron passed away suddenly. We know he was so special to his family. I remember cards he would give to you, Paula, telling you how much he loved you...after umpteen years of marriage. I’m glad you all have each other for this hard time. Thinking of you.
Chris and Lynn
Paula and family, I was so sorry to read this; you're in my thoughts and prayers.