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Ruth Gaume Ronck
©Enid News and Eagle
09-14-2013
Submitted by: Glenn

Celebration of Life and Mass of Christian burial for Ruth (Gaume) Ronck, of Enid, will be 11 AM Monday, September 16, 2013, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Enid, Oklahoma. Rev. Rajesh K. Mankena will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Anthony's Cemetery, Clyde, Oklahoma, under the direction of Brown – Cummings Funeral Home. A recitation of the Rosary will be 7 PM Sunday evening at Brown – Cummings Funeral Home Chapel, with family receiving visitors from 5 to 7 PM at the funeral home.

Ruth passed away Thursday, September 12, 2013, in Enid. She was 91 years old.

Born September 3, 1922, to Lamy and Phoebe (Earnest) Gaume a, she was one of six children.

Ruth attended Catholic School in Danville for eight years, attending her first two years of high school in Harper, Kansas. In 1938, she moved with her parents to Anthony, Kansas, graduating from Anthony High School in 1940.

After high school, she was employed at the Harper County Court House in Anthony as Deputy Register of Deeds.

Ruth soon met her sweetheart, Norvel Ronck, at a dance in Anthony, Kansas, and the rest was history. They were united in marriage on September 25, 1948, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Anthony, Kansas. Their union was blessed with seven children, including two sets of twins. Being happily married for 65 years, they made their home in Wakita for 58 years before moving to Enid to The Commons Retirement Home.

Ruth was a faithful member of St. Mary's Assumption Catholic Church in Wakita. For many years, she helped with and taught religion classes. She was an active member of St. Ann's Altar Society, the Wakita Senior Citizens, and the C.R.O.W.N. Program.

When the Wakita Community Health Center opened in 1969, and with six of her seven children still at home, she became employed full-time as both a certified nurse aide amd medication aide. She worked at the Community Health Center for 18 years, and after retiring, continued to be one of their faithful volunteers. When she and Norvel retired, their children surprised them with a celebration and a much deserved trip to Hawaii.

Ruth was a devoted wife and mother, always setting the best examples for her children by her faith in God and love of her family. She was a very generous and giving person, always willing to help others.

She is survived by her husband, Norvel of 65 years; sons, Victor and wife Marci of Missoula, Montana, Duane of Oklahoma City, and David of Hustisford, Wisconsin; daughters Mary Lou Flanagan and husband Bill of Claremore, Rita Smith and husband Tom of Enid, Ronda Bell and husband Gary of Claremore, and Donna Bingham and husband Bill of Amarillo, Texas; grandchildren, Kristy Mitchell of Texoma, Kathy Scarpa of Edmond, Matthew Truitt of Owasso, Tiffany Fitzsimmons of Bartlesville, Leslie Engle of Amarillo, Texas, and Bryan Bingham of Stillwater; step grandchildren, Jeff Smith of Dallas Texas, Bo Flanagan of Silver Spring, Maryland, Gary Bell Junior of Bartlesville, and Robyn Harris of Claremore. She is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren, a sister-in-law Margaret Ronck of Wichita, Kansas, and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lamy and Phoebe Gaume; sisters, Gertrude Davis, Gladys Wright, Sister Ann Cecile Gaume; and one brother, Ralph Gaume.

Ruth will be greatly missed by her family, friends, and relatives. Memorials may be made in Ruth's name to St. Mary's Assumption Catholic Church in Wakita or the Wakita Community Health Center.

Condolences may be made online at Brown – Cummings.com.



Norvel John Ronck
©Enid News and Eagle
09-30-2013
Submitted by: Glenn

© Enid News and Eagle

Celebration of Life and Mass of Christian burial for Norvel John Ronck, of Enid, will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Enid, Okla. Father Rajesh K. Mankena will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Clyde, Okla., under the direction of Brown-Cummings Funeral Home, with the United States Navy conducting full military graveside rites. A recitation of the Rosary will be 7 p.m. today at Brown-Cummings Funeral Home Chapel, with family receiving visitors from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Norvel passed away on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Enid. He was 89 years old.

One of four children, Norvel was born May 25, 1924, at the family farm home to Victor B. and Mary J. (Weber) Ronck.

Norvel spent his entire childhood on the farm near Wakita, riding his horse “Sister” to Eagle Grade School, a nearby one-room country school. He attended and graduated from Wakita High School in l942, where he was a successful running back, scoring many touchdowns for his alma mater. He attended Oklahoma State University before being drafted into the United States Navy, proudly serving two and one half years at Pearl Harbor. The three Ronck brothers (Norvel, Wilfred and Don), served during WWII at the same time.

Upon his return from serving his country, he soon met Ruth Gaume from Anthony, Kan. They were united in marriage on Sept. 25, 1948, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Anthony, Kan. Their union was blessed with seven children, including two sets of twins. Being happily married for 65 years, he would still proudly talk about meeting “mom” at a dance in Caldwell, Kan., and the rest was history.

They made their home in Wakita for 58 years before moving to Enid to The Commons Retirement Home.

Norvel was engaged in farming and cattle operations, while spending 33 years working for Adams Alloy & Rod Manufacturing Plant. He served the last 14 years as plant manager before retiring in 1987.

When he and Ruth retired (she from Wakita Community Health Center), their children surprised them with a celebration and a much-deserved trip to Hawaii. While in Hawaii, they were able to visit the USS Arizona, located at Pearl Harbor.

Norvel was a member of St. Mary’s Assumption Catholic Church in Wakita, where he was an active member serving on many boards and committees.

He was a longtime active member of the Wakita Lions Club, serving as board president during the 100th year celebration of the Cherokee Strip Land Run. He was on the Wakita School Board, serving as president during construction of the Wakita Bicentennial Facility. Norvel was also instrumental in the development of both the Grant County Veterans Memorial and the Railroad Depot Memorial.

He was a devoted husband and father, always setting the best examples for his children by his faith in God, his love of family, and love for his country. Norvel never knew a stranger and could talk “farm,” “family,” or “sports” with anyone of any age.

He was an avid OSU Cowboy fan. He and Ruth began a tradition of celebrating OSU Homecoming with their children 30 years ago, which has grown to a yearly treasured family tradition with children, grandchildren, and now great-grandchildren.

Norvel is survived by seven children, Vic Ronck and wife Marci of Missoula, Mont., Mary Lou Flanagan and husband Bill of Claremore, Rita Smith and husband Tom of Enid, Ronda Bell and husband Gary of Claremore, David Ronck of Hustisford, Wis., Duane Ronck of Oklahoma City, and Donna Bingham and husband Bill of Amarillo, Texas. Also surviving are grandchildren and step-grandchildren, Kristi Mitchell, Matt Truitt, Kathy Scarpa, Leslie Engle, Bryan Bingham, Jeff Smith, Gary Bell Jr., Robyn Harris and William Flanagan II. He is also is survived by 10 great-grandchildren; sister-inlaws, Margaret Ronck and Sister Helen Gaume, both of Wichita, Kan.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth of 65 years, who recently passed on Sept. 12, 2013; his parents, Vic and Mary Ronck; brothers, Wilfred and Don Ronck; and one sister, Sister Donna Ronck.

Memorials may be made to Saint Mary’s Assumption Catholic Church, Wakita, or Wakita Lions Club.

Condolences may be made to the family at Brown-Cummings. com.

(Submitted by family)

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