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Springsteen, Ronald L.

Ron passed away Monday, December 28, 2020 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

He was born February 3, 1937 in L’anse, Michigan, the son of Leo and Leona (Gourneau) Springsteen. Ron served his country in the U.S. Marines. He worked at National Water Lift until his retirement. He was a champion silhouette shooter and enjoyed golfing, photography and his dogs. On April 20, 1962 in Kalamazoo he married Helen Lewis who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Sally Wagenaar of Kalamazoo, John (Pam) Walker of Kentucky, Jack Walker of Florida and Linda (Scott) Stevenson of Otsego; 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Jeff Walker and siblings, Eunice, Alice and Shirley.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Contributions in memory of Ron may be made to Southern Michigan Gun Club.

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Diekema Hamann Engineering

December 29, 2020 at 9:22 am

Linda and family, please accept our deepest sympathies for your loss.


The Diekema Hamann Engineering Team


Susan Browne

December 29, 2020 at 8:28 pm

Helen and Linda I am so sorry

What a wonderful man. Please know how much we care about you.

Neil and Sue Browne


Gary Brown

December 30, 2020 at 10:29 am

My condolences to the family for your loss I enjoyed working with Ron at National Water Lift for many years,


Kevin Hiemstra

December 30, 2020 at 11:43 am

Ron was an exceptional person. A great mentor and friend . My deepest sympathy goes out to his family.


Don Underwood

December 31, 2020 at 2:40 pm

I worked with Ron for many years at NWL, and kept in Contact after our Retirement going to the Sprint Car Races for years after we retired. Ron was a 100% Solid American. And a Friend.


Paula Brundige

January 1, 2021 at 11:49 am

I am so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. I always looked forward to his dental appointments as I was fortunate to have been his dental hygienist for many years. He loved to talk about his granddaughters and his dogs. He always reminded me of my own father a true family man. He will truly be missed,


Randy and Mary Lober

January 1, 2021 at 9:58 pm

Ron was such a great friend . Everyone benefited from his knowledge. We will miss him


Dan Quarry

January 2, 2021 at 10:23 am

My prayers are with Ron’s family and friends. I pray God be you and comfort you in your loss. Take care and may God bless you, Dan Quarry


Holly Bowker

January 2, 2021 at 9:14 pm

We always enjoyed visiting with Ron at Southern Michigan Gun Club & shooting with him as well. He always had a kind smile & loved to reminisce the old days at White Oaks & shooting with “the Bowkers”. We will truly miss seeing Ron & his beloved lab sitting on the porch…our deepest sympathies.

Ed & Holly Bowker


Chris Martin

January 18, 2021 at 9:02 am

On behalf of the Southern Michigan Gun Club, we would all like to offer our condolences to Ron’s family. Ron was almost a permanent fixture at the outdoor range in Mattawan Mi. Our club members will always remember the quiet gentleman who had every right to brag about his superior marksmanship skills but never once did. Ron and his dog Max would always visit other ranges just to exchange pleasantry’s and share a bit of his dry humor and wit. Many people may not know this but the duo were so popular that we entered Max into an annual election for club president complete with political posters and all back in 2014. From all of us at the S.M.G.C. we hope that all of Ron’s family and friends have the faith and confidence to know that both Ron and Max are together again and in a far better.

The Members of the Southern Michigan Gun Club

Mattawan Mi.



January 22, 2021 at 1:02 pm

That was very nice thank you my dad love the gun club and Max love going with him.


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