In memory of

Ronald Whipkey

January 10, 1943 - August 11, 2019
From: Sac City, IA
Ronald Whipkey

Ronald Whipkey

Born: January 10, 1943
Died: August 11, 2019
Age: 76
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   Ronald Whipkey, age 76 of Sac City, IA, passed away on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at Loring Hospital in Sac City.  Ronald Vinson Whipkey was born on January 10, 1943 in Sioux Falls, SD to Vinson K. and Frances A. Whipkey.  Dad (Vinson) worked in the stockyards until 1945, at which time they moved to Trent, SD where Vinson started farming with his dad and two brothers.  This association farmed 600 acres, had 50 head of cattle, and 40 milk cows.  In 1962, Ron and Mary Ann Blankenfeld were united in marriage and blessed with two children, Terri and Troy.  In 1966 he took the family and moved to Sac City, Iowa – never regretting a moment of it!

   Ron was a trucker.  He worked in road construction, ag-lime, and hauled seed corn.  After 42 years of marriage, Mary Ann passed away in 2004, and he decided to retire in 2007. 

   Ron and Marlene Lents became good friends, did a lot of traveling and enjoyed many good times.

   Ron enjoyed spending time with his family, meeting people and going on tractor rides.  He was thrilled to travel to Alaska and Oregon for his grandchildren’s weddings and spending time with Nik at the house or chasing Nik around.  He knew every backroad in the area and made a connection with everyone he met. 

   Ron was preceded to heaven by his wife Mary Ann; parents Vinson and Frances; brother Dennis; and parents-in-law Lyle and Bertha Blankenfeld.

   Left to cherish his memory are his kids: Terri and Brian Harmelink and Troy and Denice Whipkey; along with his grandchildren: Jessica and Marshall Roses, Jason and Kelly Harmelink and Nikolas Whipkey; brothers: Loren and Jean Whipkey, Al and Bernadette Whipkey; in-laws: Verla and Don Wermers, Jim and Kay Blankenfeld and Jeff and Deniz Blankenfeld; special friend Marlene Lents.  Ron had a special bond with his cousins, in-laws, nieces and nephews and the Lents’ family.

   The family would like to offer special thanks to Dr. Pek, Pastor Missy and the dedicated staff of Loring Hospital for the kindness and prayers during the last days of his life.

Funeral Service
10:00 a.m., Friday
August 16, 2019
United Methodist Church
Sac City, Iowa
5:00 - 8:00 p.m., Thursday
August 15, 2019
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa
Oakland Cemetery
Sac City, Iowa


Friday, August 16, 2019 at 4:14 PM
“Terri, Troy and family,
Dennis and I want to express our sincere sympathy at the loss of Ron. We always enjoyed visiting with him at family reunions and we know he will be greatly missed. May you have comfort in the Lord and in happy memories of times together.”
- Joanne Schmig
Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 2:14 PM
“Our Deepest sympathy, Ronnie always had a smile and a warm greeting. I was the ring bearer at his wedding and I still remember that day!! My prayers will be with you as you celebrate his life and remember his touch upon all of you.”
- Pastor Barry Whipkey
Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 2:14 PM
“To the Family of Ron Whipkey our sympathy to all. Remembering Ron as he hauled out of Halletts. Always a friendly person. Always a joy to work with him”
- Shirley Ohden
Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 2:14 PM
“I always looked forward to seeing Ron at our Blankenfeld Family Reunions. A quick smile and a lot of great stories. He will be missed. Please accept our sincere condolences.”
- John & Joanne O'Connor
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 1:22 PM
“Sorry fo youíre loss, Prayers to the family ”
- John Starry
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 1:22 PM
“Terri, Troy and family you have our sincere sympathy, the world has lost a good man.”
- Nolan & Mari Kreft
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 1:22 PM
“So sorry to hear of Ronís passing! Iím sure he will be missed by many.”
- SuAnn Larson Aho
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 2:26 PM
“So sorry too hear of Ron's passing. He was a terrific man. I have several memories of our families getting together and playing with Terri and Troy. My sincerest sympathy
- Julie Wilson
Monday, August 12, 2019 at 4:51 PM
“Saddened by the loss of ďRed RiderĒ he was a dear friend and will be greatly missed.”
- Tug Just
Monday, August 12, 2019 at 4:51 PM
“So sorry for your loss. He was such a nice man. ”
- Becky (Lamaak)Remmick
Monday, August 12, 2019 at 4:51 PM
“Sending condolences to all. He was such a nice man.”
- Rose Harjes
Monday, August 12, 2019 at 9:30 AM
“My deepest condolences to the family. ”
- Rose Thomas
Monday, August 12, 2019 at 9:30 AM
“So sorry for your loss. Ron will be missed. Sympathy to the family.”
- Jeff & Jo Ellerbrock
Monday, August 12, 2019 at 9:30 AM
“Rest In Peace Ron Rest In Peace ”
- Charlie ďtunaĒ Schnirring
Monday, August 12, 2019 at 9:30 AM
“Terri and family, Troy and family

We are sending our heartfelt sympathy to each and every one of you. Our hearts are saddened as well. I know your mom will be happy to be with him again .

Love you

Greg and Wanda McClintock”
- Greg and Wanda McClintock
Monday, August 12, 2019 at 9:30 AM
“Iím sorry to hear of Ronís passing, he was a good friend of my dads and mine.”
- Brian
Monday, August 12, 2019 at 9:30 AM
“We are so saddened to hear of Ron's passing. He was a wonderful guy and we are all blessed from knowing him. We considered him a good neighbor and friend. He was one in a million, but his memory will never be forgotten by this family. ”
- David and Cindy Wuebker
Monday, August 12, 2019 at 9:30 AM
“We are very saddened to learn of Ron's sickness and passing.
Our hearts and prayers go out to his family at this very sad time.
Great memories will stay with us forever.”
- Wayne & Linda Whipkey
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