Ronald John Waite Sr.

Ronald Waite

Ronald Waite

Ronald J. Waite Sr., age 84, of Adams, Wisconsin passed away Friday, November 11, 2022, at his home.

Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, 2022, at Roseberry’s Funeral Home in Friendship, Wisconsin. Visitation will be 1:00 p.m. until the time of service.

Ronald was born October 21, 1938, in Portage, Wisconsin to William and Viola (Jarrett) Waite. He was raised and lived in Adams County where he was married to Velna (Dye) Waite since 1956 and where he owned and operated Ron’s Body Shop for many years.

Ron enjoyed being outdoors, trout fishing, ice fishing, and pan fishing for northerns. He enjoyed growing beautiful plants in his greenhouse and growing pumpkins in his garden for his grandkids. As a beekeeper, he made great tasting honey. Ron was also known for his 25 years of late model racing. During his lifetime, he became a three-time track champion on the A-F Speedway Track.

Ron was preceded in death by his son: Randall Waite, daughter: Debra Waite, grandsons: Jeremy Walker & Jacob Zimmerman, and granddaughter: Patricia “Patty” Waite.

Survivors include his wife: Velna Waite; children: Ronald J. Waite Jr. “R.J” (Janet (Kilps) Waite), Sonya Jean Johnson-Waite & Krystal Lyn Roenneburg (Rick); 16 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren; siblings: Christine (Art) Sebastiani, Marlea “Lee” (Darrell) McCollam & David (Linda) Waite, and daughter-in-law: Diane (Ravenscroft) Waite.

Roseberry’s Funeral Home is assisting the family. Visit for online condolences and further information.


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  1. Laura Fields says:

    To Velna RJ and family. Ron will be dearly missed. I was the recipient more than once of honey wax. He knew I’d gratefully use every bit. Ron loved to share his knowledge whether it be of bees, fishing, or gardening. Hold your memories close. God bless.

  2. Karen Murphy Rank says:

    So sorry for your loss, sending prayers.

  3. Earl and Julie Nahmens says:

    Velma RJ and family. Our condolences. We enjoyed conversations, gardening tips and yes delicious honey, Ron will be dearly missed.

  4. Ronald Stone says:

    Sorry for your loss.

  5. Scott Baumgart says:

    Prayers to the Waite family and the great memories Ron Waite # 98. All of us boys in the neighborhood knew this track hero. No doubt one of us had #98 on one of our go carts.

  6. Sue Polivka says:

    My sincere condolences go out to all the members of Ron Waites’ family.
    I’m so very sorry for the loss you are suffering.
    May the love and support from family, friends and faith bring you some comfort during this time of grieving.

  7. Peggy Krueger says:

    So sorry for your loss, Jim and I will miss him. Jim will also miss all the talks they had.

  8. George and Wendy Ritchie says:

    Our sympathies to the family, many interesting conversations over the years.

  9. Linda Waldo says:

    My condolences to the Waite family, I’ll miss Ron driving by my house several times a day going to do his chores on his land.

  10. Robert E Fairfield says:

    Sorry for your loss. Very good racer.

  11. Kay Olson says:

    Velna and Family,

    My deepest sympathy with the loss of your dear husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Always difficult to lose another community member who made a difference in our community. May the Great Spirit Above along with our Heavenly Father hold you ever so close and give you comfort.

  12. Lorelei & Edward Steiskal says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  13. Deanna Sparrow says:

    So sorry for your loss,prayers to you and the family.big hugs.

  14. Mike Bezemek says:

    Velna and family, So very sorry to hear of Rons passing. It seems like yesterday watching Ron race at A F Speedway. IF you raced with him you could at best hope for second because Ron was going to win. Great memories of a great Guy!!

  15. Sherry Baumgart says:

    Sincere condolences to Velna, R. J. , Sonya and Krystal. It is hard to hear the loss of those you have known since childhood. Mom and I sending prayers during this difficult time.

  16. Sonya Waite says:

    You will always be in my heart. I have so many wonderful memories you have left me with: Getting to ride in your race car every time you’d win, going on fishing trips to Canada how to tire a hook on a fishing pole, planting gardens of vegatables and flowers, showing me how to track wildlife, explaining how to tell the difference between a queen, a drone and a worker honey bee, helping you process honey (getting to eat as much as I could). All the many memories you made with Jake, teaching him all you knew about hunting and fishing. Even giving him his first Shirley Temple at Dew Drop Inn.
    You giving me the moon..
    I am so proud you nicked named me Hop, I will forever be your Hop. ( Only a select FEW still get to call me that)
    My heart breaks not have beeen able to say good-bye. You always knew how great my love was for you and I know how much you loved me.
    Until we meet again!

  17. Karol L Sebastiani says:

    I was blessed to be able to spend some alone time with Uncle Ron by his bee’s. He showed & explained everything to me. A very cherished memory. Love & prayers to all of my family.

  18. Christine Uphoff says:

    So sorry for your loss. Please let your memory of him help you heal.

  19. Sandra Weber Falk says:

    So sorry for your loss Prayers be with you and family

  20. Don and Karen Rathke says:

    So sorry for your loss,prayers for the family.

  21. Sheldon &Donna Sundsmo says:

    Sorry for your loss

  22. Tammy Abbott says:

    Velma & family, you are all in my prayers. So sorry to hear about the loss of Ron Sr. Treasure all of the good memories, they will help thru the difficult times.

  23. Pat & Janet Kotlowski Family says:

    Thinking of your family during this difficult time.

  24. Pat Pietrzak says:

    Sympathy to the family.

  25. Barb (Larson) and Chuck Dehmlow says:

    Sincere condolences to the Waite family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  26. Debbi & Nick Segina says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Ron was a great guy! Sending thoughts and prayers for comfort and peace.

  27. Jim (Gordy) and Chris Langer says:

    Our deepest sympathy to Velna and the entire Waite family.

  28. Sonja McLaughlin says:

    So sorry to hear this, my deepest sympathy to his family!!!!!!

  29. Patricia M Schiefer says:

    So sorry to hear Ron passed away. He will be greatly missed. He and Velma came to Family Affiair often. Such good friends. May you find comfort knowing He is up with the lord,who takes care of us.

  30. Julie and Bob Goodhue says:

    Our thoughts & prayers are with the Waite family at this sad time. I remember going to the stock car races with my Dad to watch “Ron Waite #98”.

  31. Shawna Gruber says:

    I am so sorry for your loss..

  32. Jon & Tina Williams says:

    Our condolences the Waite family

  33. Janeane Schreoder-Stevens says:

    So sorry for your families and friends loss of Ron. I have so many memories of Ron Sr and the whole family. Buying plants from the greenhouse, going to watch him race his stock cars, taking my kids to visit their farm animals when we lived down the alleyway, seeing them having breakfast at the restaurant and so many more memories. You will definitely be missed Ronald Waite Sr.

  34. Roxanne Buchanan says:

    My sympathy to the family. Sure have a lot of great memories growing up with Debbie and the family.

  35. Doris Gullickson says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  36. Barb & Marv Bennett says:

    Velna and family, sending sympathy and prayers. So many memories.

  37. Rushell Moyer says:

    My deepest sympathy to all your family.

  38. Teresa Marti says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the Waite family
    Rubber and Teresa Marti

  39. Mike, Becky and Billy Labbe says:

    We have so many great memories. Papa Ron was a hero in our books. Thank you for all the lessons and encouragement. Rest In Peace!

  40. Nicholas Wagner says:

    So sad. Too many wonderful memories I get to keep. Hunting, fishing ,working on the greenhouse. RIP Ron.

  41. Gary and Elyse Premo says:

    Our deepest condolences to Uncle Ron Waite family. May God provide comfort in our loss. So many memories. Love you all.

  42. Frank C. Greve says:

    We had a lot of hunting and fishing adventures, and let’s not foget the Dirty Louie games. My condolences to the entire family!!

  43. Coral Klein Smith says:

    My sympathy to all the Waite family.

  44. Marie Danowski says:

    Velma and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Keep all those wonderful memories close to your heart. May God comfort and heal your sadness!

  45. Jodie Woodruff says:

    “Uncle” Ronnie Waite 98. Sorry to hear this. Send love light and prayers. So many memories of all of you with him and my dad.

  46. Wally kotlowski says:

    Ron was a local Legend, he will be sadly missed , may he Rest In Peace

  47. W. Rueben Lanke says:

    Ronnie Waite in ur 98 fly high in the sky my man. U earned it. Prayers to his family

  48. Jake Prasalowicz says:

    Sorry for your loss . Thoughts and prayers to all of the Waite family .

  49. Lori Ward says:

    Velna and Family,
    Sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. May you find comfort in the memories you have.

  50. Dick and Marj Colby says:

    So sorry for you loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  51. Brenda and Joe Pietrowski says:

    Our sincere sympathies Velna and family

  52. Holly Cofer says:

    Sending prayers to the family!!❤️ I’m sorry for your loss!

  53. Lindsay says:

    I am so sorry I remember him since I was little hugs

  54. Kurt & Katie Wagner says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the entire Waite family!

  55. Debra Ohara ,,(sipla) says:

    Velma and family just heatd the bad news. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. My deapest condolences

  56. Sue (Fusaro) Glinski says:

    Velma and family… I’m so sorry for your loss. I have so many great Friday night memories of Ron at Friendship race track watching the races with Debbie. He was her Dad, he was my favorite driver #98 Ron Waite. Every time he would get fast time Debbie and I would get to ride in his car and hold the American flag during the National Anthem. Such awesome memories, such a wonderful man. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Rest easy Ron.

  57. Ross Fredrick says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with all the family. So very sorry for your loss.

  58. Kathy says:

    Deepest Sympathies

  59. Greg Willms says:

    My sincere condolences to you and your family

  60. Peggy Sleeman says:

    Velna and family. I am so sorry to read of the loss of Ron. So many good memories from his racing days. Trisha would always say “98”Ronnie Waite! They will have a alot to talk about I am sure!
    Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻.

  61. Craig Baumgartner says:

    So sorry for your loss, our prayers are with you and your family.

  62. Dennis & Denise Cochranr says:

    Velma and family so sorry for your loss thought’s and prayers for you all 🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️❤️

  63. Ray and Cheri Witz says:

    Ray and I send our condolences and prayers to all who knew and loved Ron. He was quit the character and will be missed and remembered.

  64. Margie Collins says:

    Velna and family, keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Cherish the memories and hold them close to your heart.

  65. Teri Greene Hamon says:

    So sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in your memories.

  66. Dan and Marcia Kaye says:

    Ron was such a character and an every day part of our life. We are going to miss him terribly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family, Velna, and you know we are here for you if you need anything. Definitely left a hole in our lives but we are so blessed to have known him.

  67. Sandy baker says:

    my condolences so sorry to hear

  68. Lisa & Chuck Gregory says:

    Velma & Family, We are very sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort during this difficult time. You both have been great neighbors for so many years. RIP Ron

  69. Artie lumby says:

    I’m so sorry for your lose. My thought and prayers are with the family.

  70. Cathy& Dennis Rathermel says:

    Thinking of all of you. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. We are so sorry for your loss. God Bless

  71. Pat jodarski says:

    sorry to hear another class mate gone to heaven,,,,RIP Ron

  72. Mark and Jo Ann Hiller says:

    We are so very sorry for you loss.we hope that you all find comfort in knowing that he will forever watch over you all

  73. Dody Klaus says:

    My Prayers go out to the Waite families.

  74. Syndi Lind says:

    We are sure going to miss our great fun loving feisty neighbor! He and Velna where just here not too long and he had me pick out the ripest watermelon out of the 3 in the back of his pickup truck… he said to me smiling with a twinkle in his eye, why, I learned how to pick the ripe watermelon by knocking on it…and we all laughed!! Love you Ron, Rest in peace friend!
    God’s blessings to all the family, we love you all

  75. Josh Holliday says:

    My condolences to the Waite family. I am so sorry for your loss.

  76. Roz Goodhue says:

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers being sent for the family.

  77. Linda(Chaffee)Donley says:

    Deeply missed. Great guy. Velma and family so sorry for your loss.

  78. Pam and Rick Zindars says:

    Velna and family I am so sorry for your loss. Going to miss seeing him drive by and waving. He will be missed.

  79. Patty Robinson says:

    I’m so sorry for you’d loss my prayers to the whole family!

  80. Rita Kolstad says:

    Thinking of you with sympathy in your time of loss.

  81. Rose (Schonasky) Corton says:

    So sorry for your loss. Will be praying for the family.

  82. Sue Roeder says:

    So sorry for your loss my prayers are with you all

  83. Becky Williams says:

    So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

  84. Peg Lecy says:

    So sorry on your loss. May God friends and family comfort you

  85. Cindy Babcock says:

    My condolences goes out to the Waite family.

  86. Judy Alderman says:

    So very sorry for the families loss