Ronald R. “Ron” Willmes, 76

April 5, 1944 - November 15, 2020

Roseland area resident Ronald R. “Ron” Willmes, 76, passed away Sunday, November
15, 2020, at his home.

Graveside service with military rites by Hastings Military Honor Guard will be 2:30 p.m.
Monday, November 23, at Roseland Cemetery with Father Nathan Hall officiating. The
service will be live-streamed on Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home’s Facebook
page. The direct link for that page is A Celebration of Life
with Memorial Mass will be held at a later date. Book signing will be 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to Assumption Catholic Church
or St. Cecilia Softball Program. For the health and safety of others face masks are
required for those attending the book signing and graveside service, your cooperation is
appreciated. Since there are material sharing restrictions, we ask that you bring your own
pen for signing the registration book or memorial envelopes. If you do not bring one, we
can do that for you. Private condolences may be sent to the family at
Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is serving the family.

Ron was born April 5, 1944, in Hastings, NE to Ernest & Irene (Mangers) Willmes. He
attended Roseland High School before entering the U.S. Navy. He served from February
27, 1962, to April 2, 1965, during the Vietnam War. Ron served aboard the USS Kitty
Hawk. He married Sharon Schutte on April 21, 1966, at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in

Ron farmed in the area for many years. He was a member of Assumption Catholic
Church where he served on the board and was a lector. Ron was a member of Knights of
Columbus 3 rd Degree Council 10155, past 4-H Beef Superintendent, former Silver Lake
Schools board member, and board member of Adams County Extension.

Ron enjoyed farming and loved playing with all his toys. He enjoyed spending time
woodworking, which he had a great talent for. In his downtime, he enjoyed spending time
at Johnson Lake.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Marjorie Erthum; brothers-in-law, Rich
Erthum, Marion Schutte, Francis Schutte, Paul Schutte, Raymond Schutte, Alois Schutte,
and Edward Schutte; sisters-in-law, Phyllis Schutte and Willa Mae Schutte; and nephew,
Ryan Kelly.


Wife: Sharon Willmes – Roseland, NE

Daughter: Leslie Kober – Hastings, NE

Son & Daughter-in-law: Tim & Terri Willmes – Lincoln, NE

Granddaughter: Kiersten Kober – Roseland, NE

Grandson: Jordan Willmes – Fountain, CO

Great-Grandchildren: 3

Brothers & Sisters-in-law: Gene & Kerri Willmes – Kearney, NE
Steve Willmes – Roseland, NE

Sisters & Brothers-in-law: Gloria & Gordon Boomer – Fairfield, OH
Lois & Dan Danico – Lincoln, NE
Tami & Kurt Perry – Hastings, NE

Brothers-in-law & Sisters-in-law: Don & Karen Schutte – Kearney, NE
Howard & Delores Schutte – Hastings, NE
Ellen & Richard Kistler – Kearney, NE
Marilyn & Gene Svoboda – Deweese, NE
Carolyn Kitten – Hastings, NE
Mary Schutte – Lawrence, NE

Numerous Nieces & Nephews