Ronald Joseph Schrandt, passed away on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV after a long battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. His positive spirit and fighting heart took the disease to task and this courage gave us a few more years with our dad, grandfather, great-grandfather, husband, uncle, brother, friend and aspiring golfer.
Ron was born December 19, 1944 to Gilbert and Thelma Schrandt in Plainville, KS. He was the squirrelly younger brother to Robert and Calvin Schrandt and the sophisticated older brother to Mary Schrandt Starrett. He graduated from Plainville High School, class of 1962. He cherished his hometown and friends and made every effort to attend as many reunions as possible. He had many great friends and memories of growing up in Plainville—yes, we’ve heard many stories. Whether the stories included trains, cars, monkeys, drive-ins or Harold Bettis, he was a great storyteller. He forgot more stories than most people have.
Ron attended Wichita State University and later moved to Denver, CO, and then married Cindy Camp. He and Cindy had two children, Jeff Schrandt (of Glendale, AZ, married to Melanie Schrandt) and Heidi Schrandt Simon (of Lawrence, KS, married to Dan Simon). He later married Mary Lynn Fraley and was a father to Lisa Scott-Lee (of Las Vegas, NV, married to HoSang Scott-Lee) and Chad Scott (of Cincinnati, OH, married to Debbie Scott). Ron and Mary had one daughter together, Jill Renae Schrandt, and she left this earth as an infant to become an angel looking over the entire Schrandt family.
Ron had a long, successful career in land development and manufactured housing. Who knew his Douglas, Wyoming business, Schrandt Mobile Homes, would turn into a lifetime professional career in land development? Throughout his career Ron and Mary set up homes in Douglas, WY, Dallas, TX, Phoenix, AZ, San Antonio, TX and Las Vegas, NV (the warming trend of this path is definitely noted).
Ron valued time with Mary, friends and family the most. Whether it was hosting friends and family in Vegas, golfing with Jim Kirby (ol’ Kirby) or being Papa to Nicholas (of Hettinger, ND), Austin (of Los Angeles, CA), Race (of Portland, OR), Cooper, Jackson and Parker (all of Lawrence, KS) he lived every moment to the fullest. His grandchildren have fond memories of his card tricks and they are still trying to figure out what exactly happens in the 4, 6, 8 club. He was also a great-Papa to Draimond, Saylah, Dezmind, Lyllah and Ahlias (all of Hettinger, ND). His time helping on the farm with his brother, Bob, fishing with his brother, Calvin, in Tennessee, visiting his sister, Mary, in Florida or family reunions with nieces and nephews in Wichita, Kansas are memories and experiences that defined him.
His friends and family will miss him and that Schrandt nose dearly. Thank you, RJ, for showing us how to love and how to fight.
A celebration of life will be planned at a later date.