Ronald "Ron" J. Gebel

Ronald J. Gebel, age 79 of Alta Vista, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at Colonial Manor in Elma, IA. A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, November 4, 2019 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Alta Vista, IA with Father Jerry Kopacek celebrating the mass. Burial will be held at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Alta Vista, IA. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 PM on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma with a 3:30 PM Scriptural Wake Service and a 4:00 PM Rosary. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the funeral mass on Monday. Online condolences may be left at Memorials may be directed to the family. Ronald “Ron” Joseph Gebel was born June 5, 1940, the son of Walter and Emma (Novy) Gebel in Elma, IA. He attended and graduated from Immaculate Conception School in Elma. After completing his education, Ron enlisted in the United States Army and served in the Army Reserves for five years. When Ron returned home from the service he began farming outside of Elma. On May 4, 1963, Ron was united in marriage to Judith Lutkenhaus in Festina, IA. The couple made their home in Maple Leaf and continued to farm for several years prior to moving to Alta Vista, where they raised their four children, Aaron, Marc, Robin and April. Together Ron and Judy founded the Nite Lite Bar and Restaurant for 29 years until their retirement in 2000. After retiring, Ron enjoyed golfing, fishing, playing cards and going to baseball games. His family was his pride and joy. He was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, The Alta Vista VFW and Elma American Legion. Those left to cherish Ron’s memory are his wife, Judy of Alta Vista; four children, Aaron (Lana) Gebel of Alta Vista, Marc (Jennifer) Gebel of New Hampton, Robin (Rusty) Nolan of Grimes, IA, April (Brian) Welsh of Elgin, IL; his 10 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; his siblings, Kenneth (Mary Ann) Gebel of Elma, IA; his sister-in-law, Margaret Gebel of Ankeny, IA and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Cletus Gebel.

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  1. Judy and family – We are so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. All of us have great memories of Saturday nights (and other nights) in Alta Vista at the Nite Lite. Mom and Dad always enjoyed going into the bar and visiting. On behalf of the Andy and Sally Grober family, please accept our deepest sympathy.

  2. Judy and family, our sympathy to all of you. So many fond memories of fun times in the Nite Lite and the AV area. He will be missed. Ron and Carol Cerwinske

  3. May the memories of your loved one console you in the days ahead. All our thoughts and prayers to his family. Jeanne and David Roder

  4. Judy and family, so very sorry for your loss. I have many great memories of Ron and you from the days in AV. May he rest in peace. Simone and Tom Schmitt

  5. Judy and family, You have our deepest sympathy for your loss. May you hold your memories close during this sad time.

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