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January 22, 1943 - July 21, 2020

A graveside service for all who wish to attend will be held on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. at South Portage Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes, c/o the funeral home.

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I was sorry to hear about Ron's unexpected passing. I worked with him at the Upjohn Distribution Center for many years. He was a no nonsense, straight forward kind of guy. I will always remember the time he & John Ritchie invited me to join them at a Notre Dame luncheon featuring head coach Lou Holtz in 1990. It was a memorable day to be sure! God bless Ron, Sue, & his entire family. Sincerely, Bill Keselowski

Posted by Bill Keselowski on August 3, 2020

My condolences to the family. It was always a pleasure to work with Ron, he was just a great guy. The Big Ten will miss him.

Posted by Jerry McGinn on July 30, 2020

It was so sad to hear of Ron's passing. As part of "The Upjohn Gang" we had good times. Ron was always fun. Sue, I will be thinking of you in the days to come. It has been two and a half years since Jerry has been gone. It is never easy. Hugs to you and the family!

Posted by Kathi Lovell on July 29, 2020

Sue and Family, I am so sorry to hear about Ron, your in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Scott & LuAnn Duncan-Fawley on July 29, 2020

My sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. I was a football official in the MAC with Ron.

Posted by Andrew Pfaff on July 28, 2020

My condolences to the entire family. Ron was such a nice man and I always enjoyed time with him. He will be greatly missed by many.

Posted by Steve Thielen on July 28, 2020

Dear Sue, I was so sorry to see this today, and send our condolences to you and the whole family! I have many fond memories of the Commissaris family growing up in Milwood! The best though was seeing you and Ron in his WMU t-shirt on deck in Los Cabos bay. It is always fun to be surprised running into ‘old’ friends! May your memories sustain and comfort you at this difficult time! Sending love and prayers for your peace and strength... Laurie and Ron Doering

Posted by Laurie Schelb Doering on July 27, 2020

Sue, we were so saddened to read of Ron's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Shelby & Rod Wagonmaker on July 27, 2020

Sue and Family; I am so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. I always considered him a good friend and enjoyed being around him. We were in the MAC together as officials. I know he was respected by his colleagues . He was always friendly , courteous and a team player. He will be missed. Please accept my condolences at this difficult time. Cherish the memories ! We all lost a great friend ! Harold Deines

Posted by Harold Deines on July 27, 2020

It was my good fortune to have officiated with Ron a few times over his long career on the field and in the booth. A true gentleman who always took time to put everyone at ease. His work with high school athletes was especially great to watch. My thoughts are with his family who already had given so much of him away from them over his officiating career.

Posted by Tom Minter on July 27, 2020

Sue, my thoughts are with you during this time. I am so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Shirley Bingham on July 26, 2020

Please accept my condolences.

Posted by Henry Armstead on July 26, 2020

Sue and family, we were so sorry to hear about Ron's passing. Pat worked with Ron on many township issues over many years. He was always fun to be with and many great ideas for Tezas Township and the whole community. May his many memories bring you Please and comfort. God bless.

Posted by Pat & Marlene White on July 26, 2020

I met Mr Commissaris when I was an 18 year old kid at the Upjohn Company, working in the program that allowed employees kids to work during the summers. I remember how kind he was to me as I learned to efficiently do my job. He was also so much fun, making the shifts go by pleasantly for everyone. My condolences to his family and friends. He was a great guy.

Posted by CAROL RIDDLE-WALLUS on July 26, 2020

I was so sorry to learn of Ron’s passing. What a great guy and top flight official.

Posted by Henry Zaborniak on July 26, 2020

I have such wonderful memories of my next door neighbor in Milwood. Such a great guy who always had a smile and time for a conversation. Thoughts and prayers are with all the family.

Posted by Sandy Henning Bryant on July 25, 2020

Sue and family, I am truly saddened by Rons passing he was a good friend all the way back to Norrix and was always so kind whenever I saw him. He will be missed by many.

Posted by Tony Ciluffo on July 25, 2020

My deepest sympathies to the family. The Big Ten family has lost a great member. We will always remember his smile and companionship at our games. Ron was always a great friend to me!

Posted by Darrel Leftwich on July 25, 2020

Sue& Family My thoughts & prayers are with you during this difficult time. I was a football ref with Ron in the Mac conference & always enjoyed when we were together. He was a “ class” guy and I am blessed he was in my life. May god bless you& always remember the good times you had with him. Lou Perry

Posted by Lou Perry on July 25, 2020

Ron was one of the truly "good guys". He always had a twinkle in his eye and a little smirk on his face when he had some scheme going. He will be missed.

Posted by Greg Opdycke on July 25, 2020

jim and family, my heart and prayers go out your all of you. Difficult times such as these are the perfect time for all to gather and reflect (I state this again "" all together "" . There must be so many extremely memorable moments that would being out many beautiful smiles. Again my heart goes out to all of you """" GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS

Posted by Kenny wiers on July 24, 2020

Sue and family - my deepest sympathy for your loss. I enjoyed games with Ron and times off the field, too. I enjoyed visits with you both. Our thoughts are with you. Peace. Cherish memories. Bill

Posted by Bill Alge on July 24, 2020

Sending hugs and heartfelt condolences! Ron was a great guy and 'back in the Upjohn days' we really enjoyed his humor, wit and spunk. Wishing we were in recent contact. Will be praying for Sue and boys/family in the months ahead.

Posted by Mike and Guila Harrison on July 24, 2020

Worked with Ron for several years. He was a good friend to me.

Posted by Virgil Allmond on July 24, 2020

Aunt Susie, Scott & Mark: We were saddened to learn of Uncle Ron’s death. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We feel comforted by the many memories we have of shared times together throughout the years with Uncle Ron. With much love, Crissie (& Nick) and on behalf of Jennifer Waite, Lindsay Beck and Ashley Magill-Collins along with their families

Posted by Crissie on July 24, 2020

Aunt Susie and your family, I am so sorry for your loss. Uncle Ron was such a special man. He had a beautiful smile. He would always take the time to talk to me. I always enjoyed hearing about the big 10 games he took part in. He will be missed.

Posted by Robin Hartman on July 24, 2020

Ron was a huge part of my life growing up. We did so much together as a family. Holidays together, family vacations in the summers, ready whip pie eating contests at the kids birthday parties, and the list goes on. I will cherish these memories. He will be missed.

Posted by Cindy Oliver on July 24, 2020

I am sorry to learn of Ron's passing. I enjoyed working with Ron and particularly enjoyed joining him for conversation.

Posted by charles rothrock on July 24, 2020

Dear Sue and Family, You have my deepest sympathies. Ron was such an amazing guy. He gave so much to the community and was an all around super personality. He will be missed by many.

Posted by Judy Todd Wood on July 24, 2020

Sincerest condolences to Ron's loved ones. I did not work directly with Ron since his time as an elected supervisor preceded mine, however I am keenly aware of the high regard Ron holds with area supervisors. His dedication to his community continued as he stepped up to service on the Oshtemo Planning Commission. The community is thankful for the time and expertise he generously offered. Prayers and sympathy, LIbby Heiny-Cogswell Oshtemo Township Supervisor

Posted by Libby Heiny-Cogswell on July 23, 2020

So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Loren ( Bud) Purk on July 23, 2020

So sorry to see this. I will always remember Ron from my High School football days. Not many Refs would give you a tap on the helmet and say "Have a great game" Rest in peace Uncle Ronny.

Posted by Gary Wdowicki on July 23, 2020