In Memory of

Ronald Lee Wolterman

October 28, 1946 - September 13, 2021
From: Cherokee, IA

Ronald Lee Wolterman, the son of Merle and Dorothy (Scott) Wolterman, was born October 28, 1946, in Omaha, NE. His childhood years were spent in Carroll, IA, where he attended school and graduated from Carroll High School in 1964. Following high school, he enlisted in the US Army where he achieved the rank of E4/Specialist. During his enlistment he served in the Vietnam War as a Combat Engineer until his honorable discharge in 1968.

 Ron was united in marriage to Patricia Heithoff on June 4, 1968 and to this union they had four children; Christopher, Cory, Jason, and Jennifer. They later divorced. He married Ellen Chinn on June 19, 1981, and gained another daughter, Shirlene.

 Ron was employed with Iowa Electric / Alliant Energy as a gas mechanic welder from 1968 until his retirement in 2009

 Ron was a member of the Cross Roads Church in Cherokee. He served graciously when needed and was on the leadership team that helped with the Road Runner program. He was also a member of the Cherokee V.F.W. and participated in several V.F.W. activities.

  Family was everything to Ron. He cherished the time spent with them, whether he was camping, heading out on fishing trips, attending his grandchildren’s activities, wintering in Arizona with his daughter and family, or being Cory’s right hand man on one of his many projects. Ron had passion was riding his horse Patsy. He especially enjoyed riding in the Big Horn Mountains and the Black Hills. Ron was also active with the Cherokee Rodeo Board where he served as co-chair for several years, and in 2019 was the Grand Marshall for the rodeo parade.

 In his free time, Ron enjoyed reading Western’s, watching Western movies, morning coffee with his friends, and kicking back and enjoying a cheeseburger and Coke.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Merle and Dorothy Wolterman; and mother-in-law, Shirley Griffin.

 He will lovingly be remembered by his wife, Ellen Wolterman; children, Shirlene (Matt) Smearman and their children, Trent, Logan, and Nick, Cory (Ann) Wolterman and their children, Emma (Tony) and Caleb, Jason (Jewell) Wolterman and their children, Jacob and Jameson, and Jennifer (Brian) Wymer and their children, Tanner (Theresa), Anna, Ruby, and Nolan, and; one brother, David (Alice) Wolterman; three bonus grandchildren, Chase, Tanner, and Emersyn Horton; sisters-in-law, Sue Wright of Cherokee, IA, and Kathy Chinn of Alta, IA; brothers-in-law, Bill (Gloria) Brady, Larry (Louise) Chinn, and Mike Chinn; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews; and amazing friends.

Tribute Video
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 18, 2021, at the First Church of Christ in Cherokee, Iowa.
Pastor Gregg Johnson
Tanner Ellefson
Trent Sopeland
Logan Sopeland
Caleb Wolterman
Chase Horton
Tanner Horton
Tony Blades
Brian Herron
Jerod Clyde
Visitation will begin at 3:00 p.m. Friday, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Friday night at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee.
"Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)"
"Old Rugged Cross"
by the congregation

"Go Rest High on That Mountain"
"Happy Trails To You"
Oak Hill Cemetery
Cherokee, Iowa


Friday, September 17, 2021 at 9:19 AM
“I am so very sorry to hear about Ron's passing. He was such a wonderful man. I enjoyed the many times we were able to sit and visit with each other. It's been a very long time since I lived in Cherokee and don't get back, too often. But I fondly remember him and hold those memories close to my heart. God Blessings to each one of you, Kris Meins”
- Kris Watts Meins
Friday, September 17, 2021 at 9:19 AM
“So sorry for your loss. Ron was a great person to be around and a good man!! ”
- Rachel Harmelink and Newt
Friday, September 17, 2021 at 9:19 AM
“He was a joy to work with. Sending our deepest sympathy and prayers to his family. ”
- Terry Heidebrink
Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 10:09 AM
“I am so sorry to hear about Ron.I worked with Ron at Alliant Energy's Storm Lake office.
My sympathy to your family.He was a great guy.

Dayle Broocks ”
- Dayle Broocks
Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 10:09 AM
“So sorry for your loss! Ron was a great guy! ”
- Tina and Todd Larsen
Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 10:09 AM
“Rip Ron you were a great friend ”
- Joe Elsbury
Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 10:09 AM
“Our deepest Condolences. RIP”
- Jerry and Vicki Menke
Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 10:09 AM
“So sorry for your loss! Ron was the best we we're blessed to have known him! Mike and Kathy Harmelink ”
- Mike and Kathy Harmelink
Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 10:09 AM
“Our deepest sympathy for you and your family.
Kelvin and Laura Heinrichs and family ”
- Kelvin and Laura Heinrichs
Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 10:09 AM
“My sympathy to Ron's family.”
- Deb Jorgensen
Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 10:09 AM
“So sorry for your loss. Prayers to family. Thinking of you at this difficult time.”
- Bonnie Hasenwinkel
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 3:01 PM
“Ron is an amazing person whom I feel honored to have been able to call a Friend. Many of miles or gravel and trails were road with Ron. Numerous conversations with Ron giving me advise and laughing. I feel honored that Ron trusted us with his last horse Cody. Find peace in knowing that Ron is riding high on Ole Patsy or sitting in a fishing boat. Sharing laughter and stories with Curly! Love ya, Ron!”
- Jodi Kohn
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 3:01 PM
“Deepest Sympathy to the families of Ron, may he rest in peace. ”
- Duane Mummert
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 9:22 AM
“Rest Easy, Ron!!
- Ron and Jan Witcombe
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 9:22 AM
“I'm so sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and your family. ”
- Diane Thomas
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