Ronald S. "Ron" Menges

Born: Wed., Oct. 5, 1932
Died: Sat., Jun. 15, 2019


3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Fri., Jun. 21, 2019
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Jun. 22, 2019
Location: Clay Church

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October 5, 1932 – June 15, 2019

Ronald S. “Ron” Menges passed away peacefully on June 15, 2019, in his home.

He was born at home in Bristol, IN, on October 5, 1932 to Doris P. (Corson) and Clarence R. (Hap) Menges, both deceased.

On January 22, 1956 he married Doris Ann Davis in Muncie, IN. They met at Ball State Teacher’s College (now Ball State University) in 1953 and enjoyed a great marriage of 63 years.

Nothing gave Ron more pleasure than spending time with his family. He loved them dearly and they had many travels and adventures over the years, often providing funny stories and fond memories, especially from trips to Florida and South Haven, MI. He was an avid reader of history, especially World War II, biographies and mystery novels and liked sports, especially basketball and golf.

Doris (Dori) survives along with three daughters, Leslie (Gary) Winey of South Bend, Amy (Scott) Kinrade of Mishawaka and Stacy Hope of Warsaw. Also surviving are grandchildren Carrie (Jason) Lozmack of South Bend, Rachel (Jeff) Panozzo of Marion, IN, Carley Canarecci of Mishawaka, Gavin (Ally) Hope of Warsaw, IN, Andrew (Rachel) Winey of Roebuck, SC, and Mark (Ashley) Winey of South Bend, as well as nine great grandchildren.

Ron was a 1950 graduate of the former Bristol High School and a 1955 graduate of Ball State, where he was a founding member of the Indiana Gamma chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon national social fraternity and editor of his senior yearbook. He was also a founding member of the Ball State Michiana Alumni Club. After graduation in 1955 he served in the U.S. Army. In 1957 he returned to The Associates Investment Company at the home office in South Bend. He had worked his way through college at their Muncie branch office. During an eleven year career he became Assistant Vice President of Advertising at The Associates.

In 1968 he decided he wanted to do something much different, and with the support of Dori and their three girls, he became a registered representative and later Vice President of Investments with the NYSE securities firm of Bache & Co. in South Bend, spending 21 years there. In 1990 he left Bache to help grow the new branch office of A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. in South Bend, serving as Assistant Manager and Vice President of Investments. After two mergers, A.G. Edwards became part of Wells Fargo Advisors, and Ron served his clients until his retirement in 2019.

Ron loved his wife and family very much, and he enjoyed his 50 year career of helping clients with their investments and financial plans. He loved the Lord and was a long time active member of Clay United Methodist Church (Clay Church). He felt very blessed and appreciative of his family, his church and his many clients who became friends. He liked people and tried always to practice the Golden Rule.

Ron/Dad was a man of profound graciousness and kindness, friendliness, love for others and genuine interest in people. He faithfully loved and protected us his entire life, and we will always treasure the years he was with us. We will love him and miss his presence forever.

Many thanks to several good and caring doctors and nurses over the years: Rafat Ansari, MD; Brian Jacobs, MD; Michael J. O’Connell, DO; Brandee Flagg, APRN; Beth Wiseley, RN; Heart to Heart Hospice; and special family and friends who served him and allowed him to live out his last days at home.

Memorial gifts can be made to Clay Church Food Pantry, 17646 Cleveland Road, South Bend, IN 46635; Heart to Heart Hospice, 620 W. Edison Road, Ste. 122, Mishawaka, IN 46545; or The Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401.

The visitation will be on Friday, June 21st, from 3 until 6 p.m. at Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Rd. The funeral will be on Saturday, June 22nd at 11:00 a.m. at Clay Church, 52866 Ironwood Rd. Family and friends may leave email condolences at


Charitable donations may be made in Ronald's memory to the following organizations:

Clay Church Food Pantry
17646 Cleveland Road., South Bend, IN, 46635

Heart to Heart Hospice,
620 W. Edison Rd., Mishawaka, IN 46545

The Prostate Cancer Foundation
1250 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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Donald McLaughlin
   Posted Mon June 17, 2019
Ron was my colleague for 10 years at A.G.Edwards&Co, as well as in my men's bible study for many years. He was a good friend and I will miss him very much. Ron and I shared many ideas in common and would often chat together about news events and such. I will miss those conversations. Elizabeth and I will be praying for Doris and the rest of the family at this time. May God's peace and grace surround you all. We know that Ron is now face to face with his Lord and Savior, and we can take much hope in that! Donald McLaughlin

Ralph Shive
   Posted Mon June 17, 2019
Ron befriended us when we moved to town 30 years ago. Immediately I grasped that he was fine man and one I should try to emulate. He was a gentleman, reader, thinker, family man and disciplined.
It was a pleasure to know Ron and Doris.

Rest In Peace

Mike and Chris Clark
   Posted Mon June 17, 2019
We will miss seeing Ron at our Charlton family reunions. We will remember Ron's great smile and how kind and positive he always was. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Doris and the family.

Mike & Karen Bailey
   Posted Tue June 18, 2019
Doris & Family:

Mike and I attended Maple Lane United Methodist Church at the same time as you and Ron. Mike and I have good memories of attending Maple Lane. We were a small close knit family at Maple Lane and we both liked that. You and Ron were always gracious to take on jobs at Maple Lane. We were so small at Maple Lane that it seemed like we all had jobs of some sort. That is what we needed to do to keep the church going. We extend our deepest sympathy to you Doris and your family.


Mike & Karen Bailey

Luretta Schmidt
   Posted Wed June 19, 2019
Doris and Family - I am so very sorry for your loss. Ron was such a wonderful man and trusted financial advisor. He will certainly be missed by so many. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
God Bless! Ron, May you Rest In Peace!

Karren Keller
   Posted Fri June 21, 2019
Our whole family has been grateful that we knew Ron. Our folks, Gary and Shirley Sells, came across Ron years ago and he immediately became their "go to" person to advise them financially. Consequently each of their children also came to trust Ron and his advise. He was always interested in hearing their stories and enjoyed laughing with them and became a part of the family so to speak. Ron always went above and beyond and was the epitome of a gentleman.
We offer our sympathy to his family and rejoice that he made it home.

Sells family

Steve McClatchey
   Posted Fri June 21, 2019
I had the pleasure of working with Ron briefly before he retired from Wells Fargo as a Financial Advisor. Within my first week of being in the office Ron had offered to take me to lunch. Ron always made me feel welcome and was a trusted resource who I often looked too for guidance. Although Ron was a great resource for investment information, he was an even greater resource when talking college hoops! Ron was noble gentleman and always sincere...he will be missed.

David and Jo
   Posted Fri June 21, 2019
Thinking of you with much love. Ron always made us feel so welcome when we visited. We so wish we could be there for his service. Just know we will be there in spirit.
Love and Peace.