Ron L. Landa, 56, of Aurora, died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012.
Ron went home to be with Jesus following a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born July 24, 1956, in Alton, Ill., to Charles and Barbara Daubman. On May 6, 1976, he married Karen Novakovich in Hibbing. Ron worked at LTV Steel as a trackman until its closure. Following that, he worked at Fortune Bay Resort Casino as a slot technician until his illness.
During his diagnosis and battle with cancer, he still maintained a zest for life and never complained about his illness. Ron always trusted to, “Leave it in God’s hands.” He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who was always willing to help others. Ron will be sadly missed by his family.
Ron was a member of the Aurora Fire Department EMT and served as an EMT at Fortune Bay. He was a member of Alcoholic’s Anonymous and a personal friend of Bill W., who founded the organization. He was also a member of First Baptist Church, Steelworkers Union No. 4108 and enjoyed fishing.
Survivors include his wife, Karen of Aurora; son, Joe (Katie Sauter) Landa of Grand Rapids; grandson, Davey, who was the light of his life; mother, Barbara Ramme of Virginia; mother-in-law, Josephine Phifer of Virginia; siblings, Joe Novakovich, Charles Daubman, Mike Daubman, Wanda Mielke, Tom Smith, Mike Novakovich, and Nancy (Eddie) Kurtenbach; numerous extended relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his son, David in 1996; father, Charles; father-in-law, Tony.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at First Baptist Church in Aurora, with the Rev. Karl Helwig officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Aurora. Arrangements by Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Aurora.