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Ronald Kent Mantela

December 15, 1946 February 7, 2013
Ronald Kent Mantela
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Obituary for Ronald Kent Mantela

Ronald Kent Mantela, age 66 of Hartland Township, MI, passed away on February 7, 2013 after a long and courageous battle with prostate cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents Einar and Frances (Slosser) Mantela.

Ron was in such a hurry to be born, his mother gave birth to him at their home on Benson Street in Milford during a snow storm. Doctor Gibson didn�t make it to the house for the event. He grew up in Milford along with his older siblings Gerald, Joyce and Ralph. He was given the nickname of Diesel by his dad because he recognized the sound of the diesel trains going through downtown Milford. He kept that fondness for trains when he was an adult by collecting Lionel model trains. He graduated from Milford High School where he later was proud that his daughter Marcie, would teach. He was asked to come work in the newly formed Vehicle Emissions Lab at GM Proving Ground as an Engineering Technician in the Fabrication Lab. He retired after 34 years in 2007. He met his wife, Dottie, in high school but they lost touch when she moved away. Ron served in the Army in the military police while stationed at Fort Shafter in Honolulu from 1966-1968. He came home from the service and he and Dottie met again by chance and married June 27, 1969. They raised their three beautiful daughters, Marcie, Jill and Laura in Milford. Ron coached their softball teams with MYAA and was proud to be involved in their many activities. When the girls married, his love for his family grew even greater with his son in-laws and eventually nine grandchildren and the one soon to be born. He was a hands� on grandpa and they loved him. He could make them pancakes in the image of their favorite stuffed animal. Grandpa could fix and do anything in their eyes. They looked forward to camping with Grandpa (& Grandma) at Silver Lake where they would ride the go carts and have ice cream everyday. He especially liked telling about how he and Kent fished together while camping.

Ron enjoyed working on cars both old and new. He�d diagnose car problems over the phone and then be there is a minute to fix it himself. He rebuilt his �27 Ford Model T and �65 Mustang but he was ready to go on the the next project when he finished. He was always up for a game of golf or a game of euchre. He was a life member of the American Legion Post 216 in Milford.

Ron is survived by his loving wife, Dottie (Buckler), his children Marcie (Schuyler) Rogers, Jill (Peter) Hagan, Laura (Mark) Butler; grandchildren, Peter Ronald, Mary, Nora, Timothy and Ellen Hagan; Kent, Sally, Alice and Henry Butler; his brothers Gerald (Virginia) and Ralph (Dolly) Mantela; his sister Joyce (Hank) Kamphorst; his mother and father in-law Warren and Jennie Lee Buckler; his brothers in-law Warren (Ana) and Brian (Marye Ellen) Buckler; his nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many dear friends.

Visitation will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E.Liberty, Milford Sunday, February 10, from 3-8 PM. The funeral service will take place at the Milford United Methodist Church, 1200 Atlantic, Milford, Monday, February 11 at 2 PM, Pastor Doug McMunn officiating. Military Honors will be provided at the church by his fellow American Legion members from Post 216. A private ceremony will be held at a later date at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Brady Urological Institute, Office of Development, 600 North Wolfe Street, Marburg 135, Baltimore, MD 21287-2101. Checks should be made payable to Johns Hopkins Medicine/in care of Dr. Ken Peinta. Please indicate the gift is made in memory of Mr. Mantela.

For further information, please phone Lynch & Sons Funeral Home at 248-684-6645.


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