In loving memory of

Ronald T. Horan Sr.
January 23, 1939 - September 5, 2019

Ronald T. Horan Sr., 80, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday evening, September 5, 2019, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A funeral mass celebrating Ronald's life will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Springbrook. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, September 9, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, and again after 10 A.M. at the church on Tuesday.

Ronald Thomas Horan was born on January 23, 1939 in Bellevue, Iowa, to John Harry and Thelma Christina (Mangler) Horan. He was educated in Jackson County Country School #2 near Springbrook and attended Bellevue Marquette High School. He married Mary Ann Rockwell in 1963.

Ronald worked as a heavy equipment operator for Union Operating Engineers Local #234, and then owned and operated his own excavating business, Ron Horan Construction for over 50 years.

Ronald was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. He was an avid stock car racing fan and participant, and recreational aviation enthusiast. He enjoyed hunting, canoeing and most importantly spending time with his family and grandchildren. Additionally, he loved his horse, Ambush, and his dog, Shep.

Those left to honor Ronald's memory include his wife, Mary Horan of Maquoketa, IA; children, Ronald (Delores) Horan Jr. of Maquoketa, IA, and Lisa (Brad) Barnes of Maquoketa, IA; 4 grandchildren, Jacob and Josie Horan, and Abigail and Austin Barnes; a sister Marcella "Sally" Rowan of Andrew, IA; 6 nephews and 8 nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother John.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Ronald T. Horan Sr. memorial fund has been established.

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Joan Jess wrote on Sep 11, 2019:

"Met Ron at Casey?s in Maquoketa. Shared stories about Harry nThelma. Daughter of Alvin n Mercedes Herrig, Ron n I had a few laughs n talked about hay making at Horan farm. My condolences n sorry I was unable to make the wake n meet Ron?s family. Joan n Marty Jess Bellevue "

Lisa arterberry wrote on Sep 10, 2019:

"Sorry for your loss "

Janet Koehler wrote on Sep 9, 2019:

"Your father sounds like a person I would love to have known, Lisa... All I do know personally that he raised a wonderful daughter who is carrying on his values.. My sympathies are with you and your family...Sincerely, Janet Koehler"

Sue & Mike Van Buer wrote on Sep 9, 2019:

"Ron, Lisa & families, Thinking of you & sending our sincere sympathy."

Sue & Mike Van Buer wrote on Sep 9, 2019:

"Ron, Lisa & families, Thinking of you & sending our sincere sympathy."

Gerald B Hingtgen Sr wrote on Sep 8, 2019:

"Ronald, my brother Donald and I spent quite a bit of time together in our younger years, some stories i wont repeat here. One was the time we were riding in Ron's Henry J car down along Brush creek somewhere and while turning around backed into a large tree hard and broke the front seat.clean off. Rest in peace Ron. Gerald B Hingtgen Sr. "

Ron Sommers wrote on Sep 7, 2019:

"I ran around with Ronnie; in fact, rode in his black 57 Chevy convertible many times. Ronnie was always a good time guy to hang with. He was a very hard worker and will certainly be missed. May God Bless. Ron Sommers "