Ronald Owen Fess was born Oct. 6, 1945, in Ellenville, N.Y., to Owen and Lorraine Fess. He died on Oct. 11, 2019, at the age of 74, at his lake home near Hayward, Wis.

He earned his master's degree in Computer Science at the University of Iowa. His 27-year long career at IBM began in 1969. Ron was a Senior Technical Staff Member and served as Lead Architect on the AS/400 and predecessor computer systems.

Ron has been a long-time, active member of Hosanna Lutheran Church. He supported Ronald McDonald House and was on the board of trustees from 2001 to 2006.

Ron is survived by his wife of 52 years, Linda; three daughters, Catherine (Bryan) Zent, Jennifer (Derek) Regensburger and Barbara (Chris) Nord; eight grandsons, Matthew, Owen, Andrew, Noah, Aidan, Harrison, Everett and Oliver; brother, Arthur (Linda) Fess; two sisters, Carol (Norm) Kidder and Margaret (Kurt) Buckowich; 16 nieces and nephews. Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Owen and Lorraine Fess.

Visitation service will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place NW, and funeral service will be 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21 at Hosanna Lutheran Church, 2815 57th St. NW.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks if you would consider a donation to Ronald McDonald House (

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