Ron Determan sponsored obituary |

Ron Determan sponsored obituary

Ronald J. (Ron) Determan, 50, was killed in a bicycle accident on Sunday, July 1, 2007, near his home in Rancho Bernardo, CA.

Ron was born Oct. 16, 1956 in Maquoketa, IA, the third of 8 children of Jim and Annabeth Determan.

He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Deb (Opperman), his children, Brian, 24, a software engineer, of Pacifi c Beach, CA, and Laura, 20, who attends Villanova University and is a pitcher on the Women’s Softball team, as well as an engineering student, and 7 brothers and sisters: Margie (Ed Rotberg) Determan of Nevada City, CA, Pat (Craig) Jepsen, of Long Grove, IA, Peg (Lance Balk) Determan of Lake Forest, IL, Diane (Ron Bierma) Determan of Chicago, IL, James Jr. (Carolina) Determan of Houston, TX, Paul (Sue) Determan of Clinton, IA, and Steve Determan of Davenport, IA, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins who adored him. He is

predeceased by one son, Matthew, and his parents.

After graduating from University of IA in Computer/Electrical Engineering in 1976, Ron completed 7 years as a Communications offi cer in the Army, reaching the rank of Captain. Ron and his family moved to Southern CA in 1987, where he currently was a Sr. Design Electrical Engineer at Toshiba of America. An avid skier and cyclist, Ron was also passionate about baseball-from watching and coaching numerous local youth sports teams in which his children were involved, to playing on local rec league teams, to watching his beloved St. Louis Cardinals, Ron gave meaning to the phrase, “Baseball is life”. He and Deb also enjoyed gourmet cooking and fi ne wines, and were part of a “Wine Dinner” group for over 12 years.

Ron could always be counted on to be there for his friends and family, no matter the cause or the occasion. He will be greatly missed by the many lives he touched.

A celebration of his life was held Friday, July 6, 2007 at the Hope United Methodist Church in Rancho Bernardo, CA. A burial service is scheduled for August 15, 2007 at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Bryant, IA at 2:30 pm, with a reception/celebration of Ron’s life to follow at the Millennium in Goose Lake, IA.

Memorials in Ron’s name can be directed to: The League of American Bicyclists (, or the charity of your choice.

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