Life Story for
Ronald E Dye, age 60, passed away peacefully on April 4, 2018, in Madison, WI. Born July 2, 1957 in Milwaukee Wisconsin, he was the 4th of 5 siblings. Ron is preceded in death by his mother Velma Dorris Dye Lock and father Hezekiah Jefferson and the mother of his sons, Carline Jackson. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his Milwaukee Family: 2- brothers Robert l Dye and Daniel R (Nelda) Mngoja; 2-sisters Colette D Williams and Marie Dye Gordon (Anthony) Gordon; 2-sons Phillip Jackson and Kevin Jackson (Elissa); and 3 grandchildren as well as a host of other family members – nieces, nephews, cousins and other loved ones, and longtime friend Donald Savage and Rev Antoine Givens.
Ronnie accepted Christ early in his life at Fellowship Community Church of Christ in Milwaukee, WI. He attended the Milwaukee public schools. He displayed a lifelong talent for music. He could play whatever he heard without reading a note. Ronnie also could sing well and enjoyed many types of music. He also had a love for and skills in martial arts. After high school, he joined the work force and became a cook at the Marcus Corporation in Milwaukee. Ronnie is well remembered for his witty sense of humor.
In 1998 Ronnie left Milwaukee and moved to Madison. In Madison, he was adopted by his friend Nancy Meuer’s family. His Madison Meuer family who grieve his passing include Rita, Kevin, Nancy, Tess (Christine Luther), Jeff; Brian, Pam (Gunnar Josefsson) and their children, Eric and Jenny (Eldon Roberts) Josefsson, Karen and Jim (Barb) Meuer. His life was blessed with the love and support of both his Milwaukee and Madison family.
The families wish to thank those who cared for and supported Ron during his years long struggle with kidney failure: St Mary’s Hospital and Dr Peggy Simpson; St Mary’s Dialysis Unit and staff; Capital Centre staff and residents, especially Georgia and Brenda; Yahara House staff and participants, especially Shoua Lee; Heartland Hospice, including Dr Doug Hobson, Denise, Bree, Laura, Chaplain Jim as well as the Aids who assisted Ron and his families at his home and on the day of his death [some names escape us due to our grief!]; and the staff at Stoughton Hospital who administered to Ron’s comfort and needs in his last days of life. Ron had many Angels in his Life and you are all among them. Gratitude is sent to both his Madison and Milwaukee Family and Friend Angels. Finally, a heartfelt thank you goes to siblings Marie and Dannie, who provided 24/7 care in the past weeks to allow Ron to stay in his home as long as he did. Ron was dearly loved and will be remembered for his generous, loving spirit and his sense of humor.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Ronald E Dye on Saturday, April 14 at 11:30am at the Community Center at Prairie Park Senior Apartments, 6530 Schroeder Road, Madison, WI.