Claremore Daily Progress


October 2, 2013

Norvel John Ronck

CLAREMORE — A celebration of life and Mass of Christian Burial for Norvel John Ronck, Enid, will be Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Enid, Okla. 

Father Rajesh K. Mankena will officiate.  Burial will follow at Saint Anthony’s Cemetery, Clyde, Okla. under the direction of Brown-Cummings Funeral Home, with the United States Navy conducting full military graveside rites. A recitation of the Rosary will be Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. in the Brown-Cummings Funeral Home Chapel, with family receiving visitors from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. 

Norvel passed away on Sept. 28, 2013 in Enid. He was 89 years old.

One of four children, Norvel was born May 25, 1924, in the family farm home to Victor B. and Mary J. (Weber) Ronck. Norvel spent his entire childhood on the farm near Wakita, riding his horse “Sister” to Eagle Grade School, a nearby one-room country school.

He attended and graduated from Wakita High School in l942, where he was a successful running back, scoring many touchdowns for his alma mater.  He attended Oklahoma State University before being drafted into the United States Navy, proudly serving two and one half years at Pearl Harbor. The three Ronck brothers, (Norvel, Wilfred and Don), served in WWII at the same time. 

Upon his return from serving his country, he soon met Ruth Gaume from Anthony, Kan.  They were united in marriage on Sept. 25, 1948 in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Anthony, Kan.  Their union was blessed with seven children, including two sets of twins.

Being happily married for 65 years, he would still proudly talk about meeting “mom” at a dance in Caldwell, Kan., and the rest was history.  They made their home in Wakita for 58 years before moving to Enid to The Commons Retirement Home. 

Norvel was engaged in farming and cattle operations, while spending 33 years working for Adams Alloy & Rod Manufacturing Plant. He served the last 14 years as plant manager before retiring in 1987. 

When he and Ruth retired (she from Wakita Community Health Center), their children surprised them with a celebration and a much-deserved trip to Hawaii. While in Hawaii, they were able to visit the USS Arizona located at Pearl Harbor.     

Norvel was a member of Saint Mary’s Assumption Catholic Church in Wakita where he was an active member, serving on many boards and committees.   He was a longtime active member of the Wakita Lions Club, serving as board president during the 100th year celebration of the Cherokee Strip Land Run.

He was on the Wakita School Board, serving as President during construction of the Wakita Bicentennial Facility. Norvel was also instrumental in the development of both the Grant County Veterans Memorial and the Railroad Depot Memorial.

He was a devoted husband and father, always setting the best examples for his children by his faith in God, his love of family, and love for his country.  Norvel  never knew a stranger and could talk “farm” “family”, or “sports” with anyone of any age. 

He was an avid OSU Cowboy fan.  He and Ruth began a tradition of celebrating OSU Homecoming with their children 30 years ago, which has grown to a yearly treasured family tradition with children, grandchildren, and now great grandchildren.    

Norvel is survived by his seven children; Vic Ronck and wife Marci of Missoula, Mont.; Mary Lou Flanagan and husband Bill of Claremore, Rita Smith and husband Tom of Enid, Ronda Bell and husband Gary of Claremore, David Ronck of Hustisford, WI, Duane Ronck of Oklahoma City, and Donna Bingham and husband Bill of Amarillo, Texas. 

Also surviving are grandchildren and step grandchildren; Kristi Mitchell, Matt Truitt, Kathy Scarpa, Leslie Engle, Bryan Bingham, Jeff Smith, Gary Bell Jr, Robyn Harris, and William Flanagan II. 

He is also is survived by 10 great grandchildren, sister-in-laws Margaret Ronck and Sister Helen Gaume, both of Wichita, KS and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth of 65 years, who recently passed on Sept. 12, 2013, his parents Vic and Mary Ronck, brothers, Wilfred and Don Ronck, and one sister, Sr. Donna Ronck.

Memorials may be made to Saint Mary’s Assumption Catholic Church, Wakita, or to  Wakita Lions Club. Condolences may be made to the family at

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