Ronald Horan Sr.

Ronald T. Horan Sr., 80, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Thursday evening, Sept. 5, 2019, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A funeral Mass celebrating Ronald’s life was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Springbrook. Burial was in the church cemetery. Visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, and again after 10 a.m. at the church on Tuesday.

Ronald Thomas Horan was born on Jan. 23, 1939, in Bellevue, Iowa, to John Harry and Thelma Christina (Mangler) Horan. He was educated in Jackson County Country School #2 near Springbrook and attended Bellevue Marquette High School. He married Mary Ann Rockwell in 1963.

Ronald worked as a heavy equipment operator for Union Operating Engineers Local #234, and then owned and operated his own excavating business, Ron Horan Construction, for over 50 years.

Ronald was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. He was an avid stock car racing fan and participant and a recreational aviation enthusiast. He enjoyed hunting, canoeing and most importantly spending time with his family and grandchildren. Additionally, he loved his horse, Ambush, and his dog, Shep.

Those left to honor Ronald’s memory include his wife, Mary Horan of Maquoketa, Iowa; children, Ronald (Delores) Horan Jr. of Maquoketa, Iowa, and Lisa (Brad) Barnes of Maquoketa, Iowa; four grandchildren, Jacob and Josie Horan, and Abigail and Austin Barnes; a sister Marcella “Sally” Rowan of Andrew, Iowa; six nephews and eight nieces. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother John.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Ronald T. Horan Sr. memorial fund has been established.

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