The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

January 12, 2013

Ronald Rae Wattelet

The Joplin Globe


Ronald Rae Wattelet, 77, of Frontenac, Kan., passed away at 3:33 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at the Via Christi Hospital.

He was born June 26, 1935, at Radley, Kan., to John and Helen (Koch) Wattelet. He attended and graduated from Frontenac High School in 1952. Mr. Wattelet received a BS in Education from Pittsburg State University. Upon graduation, he was commissioned through the ROTC program in the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant and immediately called to active duty in January 1957. In 1961, he was accepted and integrated into the regular Army as a first lieutenant. He served in the United States Army for 24 years, before retiring. Upon retirement, he was awarded his 3rd Legion of Merit for Exceptionally Meritorious Service and Conduct.

After retirement from the military, Ron worked for 3 years as a Deputy Sheriff in Manassas, Va. He also worked for two years as a licensed Real Estate Salesman. Throughout this period, he did extensive work in the Saint Vincent De Paul Society in the Manassas area.

Ron married Geraldine Hebert from Cambridge, Massachusetts at Camp Wolters, Texas in July 1957. She preceded him in death in 1984. To this union, they had three children, Charlene, Randy and Michelle.

In August 1989, Ron married Joann Merando Johnson and they made their home in Capaldo.

Membership was held in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Frontenac; John F. Derby Post No. 43 American Legion of Frontenac, where he served as Commander for five years; and the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include his wife, Joann Wattelet, of the home; a son, Randy Wattelet and his wife, Donna, of Centreville, Va; two daughters, Charlene Phillips and her husband, James, of Nokesville, Va., and Michelle Bumgardner and her husband, Eric, of Bristow, Va.; two stepsons, Michael Johnson, of Frontenac, and Doug Johnson and his wife, Brenda, of Frontenac; a stepdaughter, Cathy Johnson and her husband, Ron, of Joplin, Mo.; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Veldonna Wattelet.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Friar Thomas Stroot as celebrant. A scripture service will be at 6 p.m. Monday at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frontenac. The family will receive friends following the scripture service until 8 p.m.

The family suggest memorials to the Ronald Wattelet Scholarship Fund at FHS or Sacred Heart Memorial Fund. These may be left at or mailed to Brenner Mortuary, 114 East 4th Street, Pittsburg, KS 66762.

Friends may also leave condolences online at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg.