Ronnie William Menneke was born June 22, 1964, in Algona, the sixth of seven children of Arthur E. "Bud" and Lois Faye (Whiteman) Menneke. Ron grew up in Algona graduating from Algona High School in 1982. He then attended Buena Vista College for one year. He returned to Algona where he worked at McDonald's and Algona Glass. Ron was an assistant detasseling crew leader for Pioneer for several years always looked forward to it every summer.
Ron was united in marriage to Stephanie Parcel on April 2, 1994, at Faith Assembly of God church in Algona. On his 30th birthday, he returned to college graduating in May, 1998 from Buena Vista College with a degree in Education. Ron taught two years at Prairie Valley High School in Gowrie. August 2000 to present, he taught math at Emmetsburg High School. Ron was loved by the students and faculty. His witty math skills and fun with the students will be missed. Stephanie encouraged and supported Ron in his educational pursuits and during the years of working long hours in teaching positions 65 miles away. She enjoyed stopping in Emmetsburg to have lunch with him and meeting his students and fellow instructors.
Ron had many passions in life including his family, his church, nature, and Taekwondo. He loved spending time with his family and could often be found teaching his daughters about nature and flowers, two of his interests. The girls often commented about the deer or birds they saw with their daddy. Together, as a family, they enjoyed trips to visit extended family in Colorado, yearly visits to the Apple Orchard in Ft. Dodge, the Algona Nativity Scene, and a family fun trip last summer to an indoor water park at a Des Moines hotel.
Ron was a devoted Christian and his love for the Lord was the driving force of his life. He was involved as a sound booth technician, youth leader, and had served on the worship team at Faith Assembly of God in Algona. He will be remembered by his uncanny Bible knowledge, but he'll be loved by the compassionate way he treated everyone. This compassion and regard for others was evident by remarks made by so many these past few days: "He never gave up on us." "If he was having a bad day, you never knew it." "He was always smiling or joking around." "He cared about us."
His Taekwondo involvement began in 1982. In 1984, as a 1st Degree Black Belt trainee instructor, he began his teaching career in various locations in north central Iowa. He worked diligently through the Black Belt ranks until in 2002 he received the rank of 6th Degree Black Belt. In 2003, the rank of Master Instructor was conferred on him by the Grand Master of the American Taekwondo Association in ceremonies in Little Rock, AR. Stephanie, Ron's wife, just received word this week that the ATA has promoted Ron to 7th Degree Black Belt Senior Master.
He was a beloved instructor who instilled integrity as well as correct technique. Many of his students have earned marks of distinction because of his thorough training.
He served Region 114 of the ATA for many years as the Regional Chief of Tournaments. His involvement took him to tournaments in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa. He is remembered fondly by the Region as an excellent martial artist and a thoughtful man.
He is survived by his wife Stephanie; his three daughters, Kayelynn (10), Chloe (8), and Cassandra (6); and his parents-in-law, Darrell and Sandy Parcel. He is also survived by four sisters and two brothers, Sharon (Wayne) Townsend of Thornton, CO, Roger (Dianne) Menneke of Urbandale, Daniel (Patricia) Lamb Menneke of West Des Moines, Kristy Williams of Algona, Brenda Anderson of Chicago, IL, and Diane Menneke of Algona; his sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Penny (Ringo) Karstedt of Brookshire, TX; Dan (Amber) Parcel of Algona, and Abby Langenwalter of Algona; and his grandmother-in-law, Barbara Fox of Algona. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and other family members. Ron was preceded in death by his parents.
Sorry to hear Ronnie has passed away xxx thoughts from his brother and family in the UK
I want to say how sorry i am to hear of Ron's passing as he helped me with my Taekwondo in Sheldon. He will be missed very much by myself and among others, I am so glade that I gotto spend time with him at Black Belt Camp a few weeks ago and he was able to help me. He tought me many things and was a very wonderful man in what ever he did. He will be truley missed by everyone and may god help you and your girls through this hard time and Ron will be watching over you all forever. God speed
I knew Ron from grade school and on growing up in Algona. When my daughter told me she had a neat teacher at the high school and that he knew me I had to see who it was. Ron and I must have talked for a couple hours that day and would see each other in passing. I always respected Ron and way he related with others around him.
He will be greatly missed.
My condolences to the Menneke family. I was in TaeKwonDo with Ron back in the 80's in Algona. He seemed to always have a smile on his face anytime I would see him. That smile will certainly be missed by many.
My sympathies to you all. I was one of Ron's fifth grade teachers at the old Bryant building. I will always remember Ron for his smile, personality, and friendliness. He always managed to brighten the classroom. I am very sorry for your loss. He was very special.
Stephanie, It's tough losing anyone close to you. My prayers are with you and your girls. You have a lot of support from your friends and family now and in the years to come. Competing with your husband throughout the years made me better in Taekwondo, and seeing how he lived out his faith made me a better person. Master Menneke will be missed by the entire ATA family.
Stephanie I can't believe this happened. Ron was such a great person always caring about what was the right thing to do, caring about everyone around him. All the great memories of coming up the ranks with him. Competing with him working with him at all of the tournaments. Great memories with the two of you. He will be greatly missed. I am so sorry for your family's loss.
When i was a 1st degree, I remember watching Master Menneke and Master Jorgensen competing as 4th Degrees and I was always inspired by not only their awesome technique, but also their humility and true leadership. At camp, Master Menneke and I sat down and talked, about trivialities mostly, but he always took the time to ask about me and my family. He was a great man and a great friend.
Stephanie and girls~~There are no words to comfort you at this difficult time in your lives, but know that you all are and will be in our thoughts and prayers each and every day. Our sympathies to you all!
Stephanie, So sorry to hear of Ron's accident and death, he will truly be missed by countless people because he was such a great guy. My sympathy to you and your girls as you mourn for your loss and find your path forward. I am so glad he knows the Lord and is one of His, a comfort in these difficult days when you deal with your loss until you meet again. My sympathy to his family of brothers and sisters as well, remember quite a few. Jennifer and Keith will no doubt fondly remember their friend and instructor in ATA as well.
Stephanie and Family, We are so sorry to hear of your loss of your husband! We were unaware until arriving back home from california today that this had happened to your husband. Our thoughts and prayers be with you and your children and family while this shocking and sad time has come upon you all. Just remember God will be with you always through the good and the bad and he will be there to make you take one more step forward everyday that you struggle too. God Bless you all! Prayers going to you and your family! Joel and Carla Skow family
Stephanie and girls,
I was heartsick when I heard about Ron. Just 2 weeks ago, we were joking around and remembering the "good ol' days" at camp. I will always remember the good times we had competing at tournaments and Ron's humor and friendship. Our thoughts and condolences are with you, your girls and family. We will miss him.
Steph and Girls, my heart goes out to you at this sad time. Just remember he's in a better place. Lean on your faith, church family and friends. We are all sending our love and hugs to you. So, so very sorry for your loss.
Dear Stephanie & Girls:
My heart goes out to you and your entire family.
In 1984, I was an eighteen year old college kid in need of some direction in life. I was intrigued when I happened upon a TaeKwonDo class that Mr. Menneke taught at a local community college in Emmetsburg. Mr. Menneke taught me the punching and kicking of TaeKwonDo, but he taught me so much more than that; he taught me life skills. He demonstrated integrity and honesty in everything he said and did. I was an avid observer of not only his talents as a martial artist, but his qualitites as a good, decent human being.
Mr. Menneke instilled in me a sense of self-discipline. He made it very clear that I needed to practice every single night, which meant I had to forgo the college partying with my buddies. Mr. Menneke's confidence in my ability and potential inspired me to set goals and achieve them; it became my objective to make Mr. Menneke proud. After about a year, I moved back to my hometown and took TaeKwonDo from a local club there; but the instructors were nothing like Mr. Menneke; his unique method of teaching was incomparable.
Master Menneke's influence charted the course for my life. As his student in 1984, I made a decision to commit to TaeKwonDo for a lifetime. I opened my own TaeKwonDo School in Tucson, Arizona 25 years ago and continue to use the fundamentals that were taught to me by Master Menneke over 28 years ago.
Mr. Menneke will always have my deepest appreciation, respect, and admiration.
Stephanie and Girls, I am so sorry for your loss, Ron was a wonderful Man and will never be forgotten, I enjoyed conversations with him and really liked his sense of humor!! He is with our Heavenly Father now and I'm sure he's enjoying this celebration of his life!!! Love to you and the Girls and God Bless!!
Stephanie and girls,
I am so sorry for your deep loss of husband, friend, and father. My memories of Ron are strong. He was a man of deep empathy, love of the lORD and his family. I know that he will be very missed in your family and in the community that loved and needed him. May God give you peace and comfort at this time.
I knew the first time I met Ron that he was unique right off the bat. His sense of humor invigorating.He accected people for who they were regardless of where they had come from or where they were at the time. I was blessed to have established a friendship with him that I will never forget. I know he was a man of God and that God got a good one with his passing. He was too young and we may never understand why but there is a reason for this. If it wakes us up by making us better people by Ron's example of how he lived life, so be it. There is something possitive about everything that happens in this world no matter how sad you might feel. I just hope that whoever you are that if you had the opportunity to meet him that you got what I got from the very first time I met him...Rest in peace my friend...
This was one of the verses Ron was teaching the Faith Assembly of God youth group. psalm of David.
1 The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his nameâ€™s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
I will miss Ron alot, i can't even express my feelings right now.
Steph, Kayelynn, Chloe and Cassandra, may you always remember all the times Ron/your dad sang your favorite song, helped others, said a funny joke, prayed with you, taught you something new so all the wonderful parts of him will always be a part of you. I love you all. Thinking of you...praying.....love Jill Mullins-Stark
Stephanie and Girls,
Your husband and father truly understood the importance of others and not self. He was such an accomplished man, but instead focused on his girls, students, family, friends, and faith. It is a lasting lesson for all of us from Mr. Menn.
On his way to EHS, he'd drive up the hill by our house. In his selfless manner, he often talked to us about our flowers. He especially liked the hibiscus, and often mentioned noticing it blooming in the fall. Maybe you girls could plant a hardy hibiscus this year and again when you have your own homes? Then, when people ask about your beautiful fall flower, you may tell them it is hibiscus, your dad's favorite fall perennial.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all and your families as you cope with his loss.
Stephanie, I remember back to when you and Ron were just dating and planning your life together. God Blessed you with a loving husband and daughters, but he called you beloved husband home sooner than one would of wanted, may you find comfort from the knowledge of how much you are loved from family and friends. But most of all, how much Ron loved you.
God bless you all and may he give you comfort in the days ahead.
Red (Ron) and Pam Frankl
I can rembmer Walter and I chatting with Ron when he worked at McDonald's. Always positive! Alwasy upbeat! and that smile....! May you feel comfort in knowing that Ron will be watching over all of you, all of us from above - another angel earned his wings and will forever be with us. Prayers and thoughts to you Stephanie and girls
Walter and Sandra Bradley
I met Ron over 15yrs ago because I was interested to learn Taekwondo. I was impressed by the excellence in his craft. Watching him perform his form was truly remarkable.He was smooth,crisp,powerful,graceful,and explosive all rolled into one.Perfection. He would teach me how to make my uniform snap when performing kicks and strikes. When he worked with me one on one, he would show me skills he didn't often show others. A fun side of himself, he would place a ball cap on my head,stand next to me,raise his leg in a round kick,then take off my hat between his toes.He would then smile and place it back on my head in the same manner. He just did this again a few weeks ago at the Wellness Center. A truly amazing feat of flexibility and body control.
I then started playing foosball competitively. I would see Ron from time to time and found out he was a foosball enthusiast.He was impressed with my skill and abilities just as I was with his. I would occasionally demonstrate for him the skill I had acquired. IT WAS GREAT FUN.
I then started lifting weights seriously with the same determination,consistency, and drive that he approached his craft with.He would see me Monday nights working out at the Wellness Center while he was teaching Taekwondo and flex at me through the window. I in turn would stand at attention, take off my hat and bow to my teacher. We would joke about how I could lift 505lbs from the floor and he could break 3 boards at once with one strike. We would spend time outside the Wellness Center after closing laughing and telling jokes and sharing stories of life's experiences. Not more than four weeks ago we were standing in college parking lot cleaning snow off his car laughing and telling stories in the middle of a snow storm. I also remember the time we (my family) invited him to sit down with us and east supper at A&W when he had night school responsibilities.
I am sad today because I'm going to miss the man whose traits I admire. He is humble in his excellence. He is patient in his teaching. He is friendly in his encounters with people. WE SHOULD ALL ASPIRE TO BE A LITTLE LIKE RON. Mark Johnson and family.
Master Menneke was a wonderful person that had a great impact on many ATA students in Region 114. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Elena and Alex Rhine, Sioux Falls, SD
Dear Stephanie and girls, Im sorry for lost and Im glad I got the chance to meet Mr. Menn my freshmen year of high school he was always the one to make people smile and make there days better im glad i had him all four years of high school he made such impact on my life and im very thankful that you shared a wonderful guy with all of us..
I did not know Ron Menneke, but my son was the first person to arrive at the scene. He too is a Christian and know this that Ron was not alone that day. I pray for his wife and children and pray for peace for them. We are so sorry for your loss. God Bless.
Many of us had Mr. Menneke as a freshman math teacher at Prairie Valley during his first couple years out of college. Looking back, I'd say we gave him a pretty tough time (mostly in a good way) and probably heckled him more than we should have. He always smiled through it, had a sense of humor and had funny ways of helping us remember mathematical things as we learned. In more recent years, I have lived in the Algona area, and became reacquainted with him after seeing him at a couple AHS basketball games this past winter. I was so surprised he remembered me! We laughed talking about days at PV and caught up on where life took us over the past 10 years or so. He was sure proud to tell me about his family & his girls. Today I was shocked & saddened to hear of his untimely passing. My PV classmates and I will certainly remember him at our 10 year reunion this coming summer! May God be with you and comfort you at this time! Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
on behalf of the PVHS class of 2002
Ron Menneke was a magnificant instructor. He had inhuman patience and proved to be an unforgettable inspiration in my life. It has been many years since I last saw him, but it seems like, only yesterday. I wish I could thank him for all he has given in his life.
Stephanie and Girls.... We want you to know that your loss is being felt in Southern California. We send you our undying support along with our sincerest sympathy. May the Good Lord embrace you in this time of need.
Stephanie - we are so sorry for your loss. We did not know Ron but in reading about him he sure sounded like an amazing guy. Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Stephanie, I'm sorry for your family's loss. I remember the times I saw him at Taekwondo events, always happy to see everyone. I think people were very fortunate to have him in their lives and will be missed by those who had known him. My thoughts go out to you and your family.
Stephanie and Girls: Steph I just want to extend my sincerest sympathy to you and your girls on the tragic death of Ron. Ron was such a sweet guy and a great Christian. I always like Ron so much and admired him for his perceverence, his strong faith, and his determination. Not only was Ron a neat guy but he was a great father, great example and a true friend of all those he came in contact with. Such a strong love for Jesus and his family. I, like you, thought it was just a dream when I heard about Ronnie. It ist still hard to imagine he is gone. I know however, that Our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ is with you and I pray for His comfort for you in the days ahead. He will lead you and guide you and He will be with you as you move through this wilderness in your life. Ron's life was a testimony to Jesus and his example was such an encouragement to many. I am just in tears right now as I think of him. I know he was a great teacher, too. He was always a brain and very inteligent, but not only inteligence but the wisdom that goes along with the knowledge and the compassion for others.. Again Ardell and I extend our deepest deepest sympathy to you and your girls. May God's love just envelop you annd them in the days ahead.. I just want to thank God for being able to know and appreciate your husband and father Ron Menneke and to have been part of his life when we used to pray together. He will be tremendously missed.
WITH ALL OUR LOVE..................Jim and Ardell Blekfeld
Ron had a great laugh, even when I was a headache at times. No teacher I've had has been more perfect. I'm blessed to have been his student, a friend. The World is a dimmer place without his light, but his lessons have not, nor will not fade in my life. Thank you Ron
Stephanie, Girls and Family, I first want to let you know we were heartbroken to hear of your loss. Although I only attended a couple of times I know how special the kids at church think Ron is. Thanks for sharing him with them. I know Kylee shed tears and has expressed her sadness. May our Lord be with you in this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you .
Stephanie and Girls~
I am so sorry for your loss. I truely feel your pain. I lost my husband suddenly almost a year ago at the age of 44. Obviously things are not the same, some days better than others. You will find a "new" normal in life. Let others help you, they truely care for you! I knew your husband as Master Menneke. As he would sometimes travel over here to Sheldon and help with classes with Master Jager. My two children and I both had the opportunity to enjoy the fun loving spirit Ron had while instructing. All of our thoughts and prayers are going out to you and your family today and for the days ahead.
God Bless You~
Dolly, Dalton and Mallory McQueen
(2nd and 1st Degree Blackbelts)
Stephanie and family it's humbling to read the tributes and memorials from the people who respected and loved Ron so much. A life shortened by a tragedy but a life so well-loved! There are no words to say how sad I am for your loss. Ron touched so many lives in so many areas, your girls will never stop hearing what a wonderful man he was. A great person, and great husband, a great father, a great teacher, and a great man of God. Our love to you and your family.
I remember when you and Ron Went to YATEC! It must have been in 1998 or 1999. You two grew in your faith together thru the years. I pray you will be blessed with an extra measure of strength. Ron thought the world of you and your girls and everyone knew that. Bob and I will be there for you at anytime - please remember that.
Love, Peg Jager
Dear Stephanie and family, Ted & I were so sorry to hear of the loss of Ron. We are holding you and your family up in our prayers. You have our deepest sympathy.
Stephanie and Girls, Im so sorry for your loss. Ron was a great guy and Im glad I got to know him and go to school with him. Your family is in my Thoughts and Prayers.
Ron with his Ruthven Students
MDA Ron at ATA presentation
Ron 1986 Board pile
Algona Christmas workout late 80's
Thank you for your teachings, your patience and understanding. My brothers and always looked up to you with sincere admiration and astonishment. You set the bar high and helped everyone else get there. I hope we made you proud, because you made us proud as your students. Thank you from the Newhouse boys, whom you helped make better men.
Master Menneke was willing to spar with a 8 year old so he could earn his black belt. Thanks Master Menneke, you were the best. Thanks for the "Michigan" rock. We will never forget your kindness, your encouragement, and your Love of the Lord!
Stephanie - Your husband was a great friend of mine. When we worked out together, he thought I was teaching and helping him, but I learned more from him! He always set a good example and I want to thank you for sharing him with us. There will always be a place for Ron in my heart. Myself and all the Black Belts in Region 114 will always be there for you - he had the right formula for life - 1st Faith, 2nd Family 3rd Friends. Robert Jager
Stephanie and girls... So very sorry to hear of your loss. I never knew Ron, but I remember our deep conversation not that long ago at the bank....about life, family and giving of oneself to others, through kind deeds. Stephanie, you are truly a very special person and all the good things wrote about Ron, he sounds like he was a very loving and caring person also.
You all will miss him so very much...but just remember he is in the best place ever, where there is no pain and peace forever. He will continue to watch over all of you from above, and you will continue to feel his presence in all that you do.
Keeping you all in thought and prayer at this most difficult time...
Steph & Family
Words cannot express our deepest symapthy to you and your family. Be at peace of mind knowing that Ron is in heaven standing next to our Lord and Eternal Grand Master H.U.Lee. Ron was a man of excellence wether it was in TKD or in everyday life. I remember many times he would correct me on forms or stances, I would think what difference will it make but at the end I would find out why. May God help you through this difficult time and hold you in the palm of His hand.
Ron & Becky Ricke
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of loss. I was fortunate enough to be able to have a conversation with Mr. Menneke last year at Pizza Ranch in Emmetsburg. I hadn't seen him since I had graduated and we had a nice time catching up from the years that had past. He was such a good man and cared so much for everyone that was lucky enough to meet him. May God be with you and your family as you grieve for Ron, and may you find comfort that he his home with the Lord, watching over you day by day. His smile was contagious and I will never forget my time spent with him at EHS.
We are so sorry for your loss.....Some people walk into our lives and leave footprints on our heart.....Ronnie touched many lives.
Stephanie and girls - your husband and daddy will be missed so much by so many people. Ron was always cheerful and friendly, and we loved his goofy sense of humor! He could always make a person smile, no matter what kind of day, or mood they may have had.
His understanding of math was phenomenal, but what was also so special was that he could teach those concepts to people for whom math is difficult - that is the mark of a true teacher. I remember how he would tutor my younger brother in math, and while I listened, I learned, too.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you, along with our love. We're always here, across the back yard, if you need anything at all.
Buckingham's ATA Black Belt Academy will never forget the time Master Menneke toke time from his school, students and family to travel to Rapid City to work with our students. He always had words to encourage students to excel and was a mentor to Mrs. and Mr. Buckingham understanding the challenges of running a Martial Arts Business. He will be missed by his ATA family. Buckingham's ATA family reaches out to express our sympathy to Mrs. Menneke and family along with his students for your loss.
Stephanie, Our prayers are with you and the girls. The five years I spent with Ron learning the art of Tai Kwon Do will stay withme forever. His attention to detail, his stories, and the fun we had in class, as well as some of the tough workouts will never be forgotten. His love of God was always in the forefront.
Although i did not know your husband well all three of my boys enjoyed his class and his sense of humor. I would always see Ron at school or wellness center in passing and I always observed that he was not a respector of persons. He always smiled and spoke with everyone. I came upon the accident that morning and immediately prayed for your family, not knowing who was involved. Ron displayed character and unconditional respect to those in the community. He will truely be missed by all. My gift to you and your girls is Gods grace and unconditional love during this most difficult time.
seeing all these tributes of people who knew Ron, and hearing all the times that he has made them laugh i remeber that Ron was a very funny man he was good with postive feedback i dont think that i ever heard a negative thing come out of Ron's mouth.Ron will be missed dearly. Stephanie and girls you guys are in my prayers and thoughts at this diffucult time.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls. Know that your Pampered Chef family loves and supports you! We'll be praying for you.
Jenny Marburger and Family
Stephanie, I am so very sorry for your loss. Josh enjoyed playing on the worship team with Ron, and Grace still remembers playing with him in the nursery. She said she used to push him over and it made her laugh. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls.
Mrs. Menneke, I can say that I will miss Master Menneke very much! He always seemed to by a judge in my ring or at camp. He always took the time to give me great feedback on how to be a better technician and always did it in a very sincere manner. I respected his opinions and guidance very much. Oddly enough I looked at the t-shirt quilt he had in a photo, and I was at virtually every one of those tournaments in the mid-80's and 90's but never knew of him until I returned to Taekwondo in 2006. I really wish I could have gotten to know him back then as much as I had gotten to know him in recent years. I'm sure he is now looking down on you and the girls as an angle from heaven. I'm am very sorry for your loss and will be praying for you and your girls to make it thru this extremely hard time.
We are sosorryforthe loss of your husband,your kids father and all other relatives.Our prayers are with you during this difficult time. We did not know Ron but we know your mom and dad. Prayers are with you. We have to remember that the Lord only takes the best.
Stephanie, Ron was one of the happiest people we knew. He was quick with humor, long on kindness and had boundless energy for making the world a better place. He was very dear to us and will remain so in our memories. He loved you all so much, that was obvious even from hundreds of miles away! You and the girls are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Though we are separated by miles, please know we are sending you our hugs and love.
I wanted to say you will be missed greatly, you were a great teacher and friend when you taught me tae kwon doe and im glad I had the chance to meet you. I will pray for you and your family and know that god has made a better place for you and to be there for your family in their time of need.
I will never forget how hard you tried to get everyone to pay attention to you in consumer math. You would try and try until you had everyone's attention and then go back to teaching even if it took you the entire class period. You may have gotten mad and had a few "outstanding students" a couple times a week but when the bell rang and and we came in for homeroom you acted as if nothing happened. You were an amazing teacher and even if i played Sudoku instead of paying attention to you at the board you never got mad at me because you knew I had my assignment done. You touched everyone you meet even if they didn't know it before now. You were an amazing person and will be greatly missed. I give all my sympathy and love to you family, especially your girls, because they don't know what a great person you really were.
Steph and family- Ron will be missed dearly but we all know where he is and thats with the Lord. Hes looking down on you guy and every one he knows and loves. He was a great youth leader and last Wednesday was a fun night when we read the whole story of David and Golith. He had stuff that he wanted to use. He had a giant staff and he had an old belt and 5 bouncy balls and when it came to the part where David hit Golith with the rock in the head he would swing the belt like David did then throw one of the "rocks" to the wall and acted like he hit Golith. I love you guys and he loves you 2. The other part that was so great about him is that he had almost the whole BIBLE memorized. He sounds like my brother with race cars. I would tell my brother a number or a name and he would tell you who the person is or the number they drive. If you read a scripture or tell him the book chapter and verse he would be able to say it. He was a great youth leader and husband and father to us and you guys. I miss him.
Mr. Menneke always made us students laugh and have fun while learning...very few teachers can do that. There is no way to fully explain the experience that we all had being his students, but I can say that he wasn't just our teacher, he was our friend that touched our hearts. So I speak with pride when I say that his lessons, his words, and his kind spirit will never die, they will live on in his students, family, and friends.
Stephanie- You and Ron were the first people in Iowa that we ever met. The hospitality that you and Ron showed my family and I showed us just how great the state of Iowa is. Ron was a fantastic person and a loving father. Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family during this difficult time. Please let us know if we can help you in any way. With love the Watson Family
Steph I want to share with you a discussion that I had with Ron on Sat. after camp.As we sat by the fire he told me about your house the remodeling,the neighbors,and how proud he was to have 4 beautiful ladies in his family. His exact words were That" he was blessed beyond measure!" He must of said he needed to get on the road 5 times and then he would sit back down and talk about what his girls were up to. Ron had and has made a great impact on many of the Instructors and students in region 114 .He is one of the few who lived out his faith and did it proudly and publicly.He will be missed and he will be remembered for his love for Christ and his leadership.Please know that Cheryl and I are praying for you and your family.
Last year,during class, he would recite a lot of the digits of pi and would almost always be right.
Stephanie- It seems like yesterday when we would travel to TKD tournaments, share hotel rooms and go out for dinner together. It seems like yesterday when we attended your wedding. It seems like yesterday when we welcomed your beautiful children into the world! Today, time stands still and we grieve. Ron was an amazing friend, husband, father and teacher: he made a huge difference in many lives. I am so very sorry for your loss.
I met Mr. Menneke when I was a freshman. I was in Algebra one but there are those teachers in the school that everyone can't wait to have. I couldn't wait to get to geometry so I could finally be in his class. When I finally got there I realized why everyone like him so much, he was very honest and caring plus he was always there for you with math or any problem. He was a very fun person to be around and was always smiling I don't recall him ever having a bad day. He always kept you intertained whether you were learning about taekwondo or math. One of my favorite memories is one time Mr. Menn and I were joking around and we decided to wrestle after school and he was way better than I had expected. He was more than a teacher he was a friend and he didn't just teach you math if you looked at Mr. Menneke he was showing you how to live life. Live it happy and day to day and respect everyone. Everyone will miss such and amazing person. My prayers are with you and your family.
I just remember babysitting for the girls and on some occasions Ron would pick them up. Their eyes would light up and run to him as he's try to hold all three of them at once. He was a terrific Christian, father and husband!!
All of us at Paragon Martial Arts where greatly sadden by the news of Master Menneke's passing. Although, we all reside in Colorado, we feel a strong connection to region 114. Just last weekend I was teaching a class with Master Menneke at the Black Belt Camp and once again I was greatly impressed by Master Menneke's quiet but ever present passion to help whom ever he was teaching. Our hearts and prays go out to his family and he will be sorely missed by all.
Paragon Martial Arts,
Joel Bass, William Hauptman, Jody Horn & Lura Roberts.
Steph and family-
My heart is aching for you all. I am so thankful for the privelege of knowing Ron and for his influence on my family. Austin has many great memories of his "buddy" Ron and Ron helped in many ways to shape who Austin is today. He will be missed! You are in my thoughts and prayers!
I'd known Mr. Menneke for as long as I can remember. When I was younger Krista asked if I wanted to go with her to her taekwondo class & I loved it so I joined. Mr. Menn was a very patient instructor and taught so much.. When I got to high school & had him as a geometry teacher he was honestly one of the best teachers I'd ever had. Whenever I wasn't understand something he'd let me come in early or stay after and re-explain it to me until I understood. I was and always will be extremely thankful for what he did for me. He was an amazing teacher, instructor, mentor, and man and will never be forgotten. RIP Mr. Menneke; thank you for everything you did for me.
So sorry to hear about Ron's passing. He was such a great guy and I can always remember his great smile. It was such a great trip when we all went to National's on the charter bus, he always made everyone laugh and was always there with an open heart. Praying for your family.
Some people lead with a loud voice, Master Menneke was a great leader that led by example. What a great man! I remember the first time watching him compete in 1990 - wow! And then getting to know him personally over the years he was the most genuine person you'd ever meet. Always eager to help, always laughing and smiling. We will miss you sir. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone.
It was the 2003 Black Belt camp. I was a new instructor and my then 14 year old and I were at our 1st camp. We were at subway for dinner Friday night and Master Menneke sat down and joined us. With everyone he could eat with, he sat with the new people so he could get to know us. It was then that I knew how special my ATA family would be. He is with his Lord we wil see him again.
This is how I remember Master Ron Menneke....I remember him as someone that always went out of his way to give you a smile, a handshake and a friendly hello. He was a man of great faith, it was obvious that he loved his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He had a contagious smile and positive attitude yet a seriousness about him that you respected. He was a teacher at heart always willing to offer advice or help. I didn't know Ron as well as some others, but he always made me feel like we were old friends....I have taken a 'short' break from TKD but attended the Sheldon Tournament as a spectator. Ron made a point of coming over, saying hello and playing with my kids, that is the Ron I will remember! Stephanie, Kayelynn, Chloe and Cassandra although we have never met please know that our family is lifting your family in our prayers.
To the Menneke family, I just wanted to express my sympathies to you. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.
When I first met Ron - I was impressed with his sincerely, energy and that big smile. I recall the many nights above Irv's Pharmacy in Emmetsburg as Ron taught us Tae Kwon Do. He was very inspirational and encouraged us all to be the best we can be. Not sure I would've reached Black Belt if not for Ron. The world is an empty place today with him. He touched the lives of so many - but this was special people are all about. They're put here for a reason. it's just hurts so bad when they're taken away from us. God's Speed, Ron. Heaven must be in need of a really good Tae Kwon Do instructor - if so...they got the best.
Ron's love for his wife, children, and God were so much a part of the man I knew. He will be greatly missed by many, but the LIVING example, his heart, compassion for everyone, and his devotion will carry on for a very long time. Godspeed Ron! Joe and Jinel Morris
My heart goes out to all of you! Ron was such a nice person, and will be greatly missed by ALL! May God give your family the peace, comfort, & strength they all need in this time & times to come. God Bless each and every one of you!
Stephanie and Girls,
We are saddened by the news of the Ron's death. When our family started in Taekwondo in 1986-87 Ron wan "going through the ranks" and was an inspiration to us. When he met you Stephanie it was a match meant to be. We saw him blossom and become a loved and respected man, husband, and father. We can't think of taekwondo and the ATA without Ron coming to mind. He will be deeply missed. You are in out prayers and thoughts. May God's healing arms comfort you and your family.
Dennis and Jill Schott
I will always remember Ron for his amazing attitude, and personality. He treated everyone as if they were a close personal friend. He will leave footprints on everyones hearts. Or shall I say, kick marks like he did on the deer that wouldn't get off the road. He touched so many lives. If we all treated each other as Ron treated all of us, this world would definitely be a better place.
I loved Ron soooo much as a youth leader, i respected him for being a great father to three wonderful and biblically gifted children he has left. I also respect him for being an amazing husband for Stephanie Menneke. I will miss him so much, words can't even fathom.
The Jacobs Family would like to extend our sincere condolences to the Menneke Family. My most memorable moments with Master Menneke was when we he saw all of us old folks overheating at Tae Kwon Do practice. He was both observant and wise in having the ability to launch into a series of silly jokes while we caught our breath. You will be missed.
A place of fond memories, the Whittemore community center where Master Menneke taught Tykwondo to a great bunch of kids in the late 90s
John Newhouse of West Bend, a student of Master Menneke in the 90's Emmetsburg tykwondo class,
Tykwondo tournament and students of Master Menneke in Sioux Falls in the 90's
Master Menneke was such a great person and a great Tykwondo instructor for my first husband Mikey and his brothers, our friends and especially for my lil brother Todd. Thank you for mentoring these wonderful men Ronnie, your influence in their lives will live on forever. May God wrap his comforting and loving arms around your wife and children always.
Dear Stephanie and girls. I'm so sorry for your loss. He was great with kids and I know our kids learned a lot from him the times he came to the YMCA to teach Tae Kwon Do. You are in our prayers.
Mr. Menneke was an amazing teacher and person! Theres so many good memories its hard to pick just one! I had 1st hour Geometry with him and he was always smiling, you could never tell if he was having a bad day. He would always take time out to teach one on one with any student who needed it. I remember his "nacho" jokes, kicking the top of his door, and many other cool tricks. He would always talk about his family, he was a very proud father/husband. I would see him at the Algona pool during the summertime with his girls having an awesome time! Mr. Menneke, you left too soon, EHS will never be the same without you and you have touched so many lives. Words cannot express how much of a positive impact you have made on so many people and words cannot express how much you will be missed and loved. Sending thoughts and prayers to the Menneke family in this very tragic time. God please send your peace and comfort through this terrible time. -Kortney Lentsch (former EHS student; class of 07')
Over the years, many times I was face to face with Ron in the ring. "You again!" was a joke between us. I now look forward to the time when I again see him face to face, and with an embrace can say, "You again!". I will always remember him for his testimony and living out his faith in everyday life. We were all fortunate to have him touch our lives.
Stephanie and family, my heart goes out to you. In this time of unimaginable pain, we can yet rejoice in knowing that ultimate comfort can be found only in the hope of knowing Him. Lean on Him and seek His peace. My heart, thoughts and prayers are with you.
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