Ronald E. “Ron” Schmierer
May 1, 1933 – December 4, 2021
Ronald Everett Schmierer was born on May 1, 1933, in Mitchell, South Dakota, as the only child to Laura and Emil Schmierer who preceded him in death. Ron was baptized, confirmed, and grew in his faith at the First Congregational Church in Mitchell. He was a proud Eagle Scout from Post 571, and, in 1951 graduated Valedictorian from Mitchell High School where he was active in debate and played the trombone in the jazz band and orchestra. Ron attended Grinnell College, where he was active in ROTC, and graduated in 1951 with a degree in History. Shortly after, he joined the Air Force and attended Intelligence Communication School in San Antonio, Texas at Kelly Air Force Base. During 1956 – 1957 he served at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and became a member of the National Defense Executive Reserve. After his time in the service he moved to Omaha, Nebraska, began working at Mutual of Omaha. It is there that he met De whom he married on May 25, 1963. Ron built a great career at Mutual from 1957 – 1991 and then transitioned to Sitel until he retired in 2000.
Ron took pleasure in serving the Omaha community. He was a Mason and a Shriner. He also enjoyed being a member of and serving within the Omaha Jaycees, PTA, Sertoma Club, Kiwanis, Scottish Rite, and Tangier Shrine. Ron and his family were active members of Countryside Community Church throughout the years serving as a Deacon, Trustee, Education Board member, and an usher.
Ron loved spending weekend afternoons on the golf course with his family and friends. He taught De and both kids to golf so that he could share his love of the sport with each of them. Ron was also an avid and enthusiastic Husker football fan. He could be found in the north endzone at home games from 1964 until recently in his favorite Husker-red pants rooting and helping coach from the stands.
Ron is survived by his loving wife, De; two children, Doug Schmierer and Teresa Murray (David); four grandchildren, Collin and Will Schmierer, and Natalie and Mason Murray. Ron was very loved by his family, friends, and everyone who met him.
A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, December 30th at 1pm at Countryside Community Church, 13130 Faith Plaza, with full Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Ron’s name be made to: Shriners Transportation Fund, 2823 S 84th Street, Omaha, NE 68124, donate.lovetotherescue.org; The Nebraska Masonic Home, 1300 Avenue D, Plattsmouth, NE 68048, thenebraskamesonichome.org