Obituary for Ronald D. Ping

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Surrounded by his loving family, Ron went home to be with the Lord following a hard fought battle with cancer on July 22, 2019. He was a resident of Apple Valley, MN, formerly of La Crosse, Wisconsin and Apopka, Florida. He was 81 years old.
Ron was born in Mattoon, IL to parents Ray E and Mildred Ping, Preceded in death by his parents, sister Nila Jo Silbaugh and brother Ray Ping, Jr.
Survived by his wife of 59 years, Jane (Griffin) Ping, daughters Deborah Plutt (James), Barbara Ping (James Boddy) and grandchildren Nicholas Plutt (Megan) and Julianna Plutt (Liam). Brother Charles (Rosemary) Ping, brother-in-law Roger (Patricia) Griffin and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews.
Ron was an avid golfer, traveler, beloved husband, father and grandfather. He served as a deacon in his church and was a treasured and faithful friend, kind and generous to all who knew him.
After college Ron worked for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company before going to work for B. C. Ziegler & Co., a Securities & Investment firm out of West Bend, WI. He opened the Ziegler office in La Crosse and was Manager there for 12 years. In 1975 Ron moved the family to Minneapolis, MN and he managed Ziegler’s offices there until 1987 when he and Jane moved to Florida. There he was Vice-President and Manager of the office in Maitland, near Orlando until his retirement in December of 2000.
Ron worked for Ziegler for 33 years. As of 1993, Ron was the only active Ziegler broker to be named Investment Broker Of The Year three times. In 1993 he led sales of Principal Preservation Equity Funds and was among the sales leaders in tax-exempt bonds, Principal Preservation Income Funds and unit investment trusts. In addition to sales excellence, the award also recognized the achievement of individual goals and sales support. He previously received the award in 1978 and 1990.
Ron volunteered at the Little Red School House located in the Rolling Hills Community Church of Zellwood, Florida for four years. There he mentored student’s grades 1 – 12, helping them to be the best they could be and to achieve the goals they set for themselves. He started a program to provide food for the students over the two week Christmas break, with the help of donations and funds from friends and the community. Working at the school was a true passion and source of joy for him.
After 31 years on Florida, Ron and Jane moved back to the Minneapolis area to be with family.
Ron was a member of the Masonic Temple, Frontier Badger No. 45, F. & A.M. in La Crosse, WI, the Royal Arch Masons of MN, St. John’s Chapter No. 9, the Zuhrah Shriners, Shriners International and the Minneapolis Mounted Commandery No. 23, Minneapolis, MN.
A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at Dickinson Family Funeral Home & Crematory, 1425 Jackson Street, La Crosse. A Masonic Service will begin at 4:00 p.m. Pastor Eric Stapp will officiate. A visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. until time of service.
In lieu of flowers, Ron’s family requests that memorial donations be made in his name to Rolling Hills Community Church, P.O. Box 250, Zellwood, FL 32798-0250 or to the Shriners Hospital for Children.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.dickinsonfuneralhomes.com