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Bleecker – Ronald

Ronald Bleecker


Ronald Bleecker

Ronald Bleecker

Now safe in the arms of Jesus, Ronald Bleecker, 86, beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away peacefully at home on January 4, 2012 in Adrian, Michigan.

 He was born on July 7, 1925 to Maitland and Zana Bleecker in Hampton, Virginia and lived his early years in northern New Jersey. Mr. Bleecker was a World War II veteran who served in the European Theatre of Operations. On November 14, 1944, he was wounded while fighting in the battle to capture Metz, France. For this he received a purple heart with an oak leaf cluster and a bronze star. He was taken prisoner and spent the next six months as a POW in Germany. Upon his escape and subsequent return to the States, he enrolled in the University of Michigan from which he graduated in 1950. He then began a long and successful career in college administration. In 1990, he retired as VP of Finance and Treasurer of Adrian College after 25 years of service. He was also one of the founding members of Grace Point Evangelical Free Church. His favorite past time was his many hunting and fishing trips to Canada with friends and family over the years.  Ronald married Helene Palpant on June 25, 1948. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Helene, and their three children: Deb (Frank) Kaylor of Aurora, Colorado; Annette (Glenn) Pearson of Marietta, Georgia; and James (JoLynne) Bleecker of Adrian, Michigan; and nine grandchildren, Britt (Will) Restrepo of Fort Collins, CO, Kristin Trovillion of Chicago, IL; Casey (John) Frey of Denver, CO., Andrew Pearson of Boulder, CO, Stephanie Pearson of Los Angeles, CA, and Jason, Justin, Jennifer Bleecker of Adrian, and Jonathan Bleecker of Columbia, SC. He is also survived by his brother Allan (Olga) Bleecker of Honey Brook, PA, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and mother.

A visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., Sunday, January 8, 2012 at the Anderson Funeral home at 3050 W. Beecher Road in Adrian. A celebration of Ronald Bleecker’s life is scheduled for Monday, January 9th, at 11:00 a.m. at the Grace Point EFC, 4612 N. Adrian Hwy, Adrian with Pastor John Trimble officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service. The committal service will be for family only. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests gifts to the missionary fund of Grace Point EFC. Envelopes are available at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian.  “Through all of this I have known that God above in His great infinite care has guided me and given me health and strength. And by His will and grace someday soon I’ll return to those I love. God protect us all and keep us till that great day! Ronald Bleecker (POW, age 19) Written while in Stalag III A, Luckenwalde in April 1945” Taken from the preface of his book FAITH & FORTITUDE, Published by Mill City Press, 2011.



  1. What a beautiful obituary for a blessed life. Our prayers are with you Mrs. Bleeker.

  2. our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  3. Mrs. Bleecker,
    Please accept my condolences on the loss of Mr. Bleecker. My prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time.

  4. Mrs. Bleecker, I was sad to hear of Ron’s passing. He had an amazing life! My mom assures me you have family near to help you through. She will be coming to the service in my stead. I send my long-distance hugs from Frederick, CO. If you’re ever in Colorado and you need anything, please give me a call.

    Elisa Prichard

  5. Mrs. Bleeker,
    I’m sorry for your loss. Your husband led a long, interesting, and amazing life! May God be with you in this time of need. Our prayers are with you.
    Kristie, Taylor, and Benjamin Kerekes-Diaz
    of Austin, Texas

  6. Helene & Family,
    We would like to express our condolences to you. Ron will certainly be missed by all who new him. Knowing that Ron was a true Christian and follower of Jesus means that we will all see him sometime in the future in Heaven. May God bless all of you and all of the services.
    Duane & Marge Allen

  7. Dear Helene and Annette as well as the rest of the family I did not know as well.

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. It brought back lots of Adrian memories. I think it’s wonderful that you all were able to share such a long abundant life with Ron.

    Celebrate his life and treasure your wonderful memories – He is alive and well in your hearts and minds.

    Alyce Mott

  8. Dear Deb,
    I am sorry for your loss. I know you will miss your father. What a blessing for the two of you to have had the opportunity to finish the story of his WWII experiences. I know that you will treasure that time that you spent together. May you feel the comfort that only God can bring during your time of grief.

    With sympathy,

    • Hi Darlene,

      Thanks so much for sending your condolences. Of course I wish I had my Dad a little bit longer. But I also feel very blessed to have had the last 3 years with him…it was kinda a bonus for us. We enjoyed a very special time together that I wouldn’t trade for anything. Though I miss him, I’m happy that he’s not suffering anymore and is enjoying life in heaven.


  9. Dear Helene – You are in my thoughts and prayers. I’m so glad you had such a long life together. and that Ron was able to be at home. He loved you and his family so very much as I know you did him. Fondly, Jan