Ron J. Lakies, 61 of Marshall died on Monday January 4, 2021 at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence following a long illness.
Ron was born on December 12, 1959, in Cadillac to Ed and Elizabeth (Cooper) Lakies. He graduated from Bellevue High School in 1978. On October 19, 2014 he married Bonnie Kipp in Convis Township.
Ron was an Autobody Painter for many years. He retired from Gray's Autobody in Battle Creek in 2015. Prior to working at Gray's, he worked at Keyes Autobody Repair in Battle Creek. Ron loved drag racing and every chance he got he would go drag racing at several tracks throughout the United States, but his favorite track was Mid-Michigan Motor Plex in Stanton. He also enjoyed traveling to Florida, watching deer in the backyard, playing pranks on family and friends, and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife Bonnie; children, Nick (Rachel) Lakies, Jamie Newton, Stephanie (Paul) Bivens, Sarah (Jon) Stiner, and Natalie (Blake) Stiner; grandchildren, Olivia, Samantha, Eva, Callie, Emma, Gage, Dakota, Andrew, Korah, Sophia, Savannah, Colton, Felicia, and Robert; his mother Elizabeth Kroupa; his father Ed Lakies; siblings, Mike Lakies, Steve Lakies, and Nadine LeBay. He was preceded in death by his stepmother Gale Lakies and his stepfather Dale Kroupa.
A memorial will take place at the Mid-Michigan Motor Plex at a later date. Memorial contributions are requested to the Alzheimer's Association. Memorial contributions maybe mailed to the Kempf Funeral Home, PO Box 519 Marshall MI 49068 for delivery to the charity. Leave a personal message for the family and sign the online guestbook at https://www.kempffuneralhome.com
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