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Cathy Longeway

I worked with Ron many years ago at Merck. He was the best HSA I have ever worked with and I value all he generously taught me about lipids. My sincere condolences to his family (

Heidi Segal

I loved reading about Lori's dad. Such a beautiful tribute and I wished I could have met him...but I know I will in heaven. I am thankful he raised an amazing daughter - Lori. I am praying for you all.❤️🕊️


Susan Gregory

Ron always had a smile on his face and was always upbeat even while sick. He was a great person and will greatly be missed. Judith and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Susan Gregory and Holly Davis

Brian McKinney

Lori, I’m so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed being around your dad. He was funny had a great sense of humor. Thinking about you, your mom and sisters during this difficult time. Hugs.

Lori Boysen

Judy, you are in my thoughts and prayer.❤️🙏🏻❤️

Gloria Wilhelm

Nina Newcomb

Lori and family I’m so sorry for your loss. May you rest in an eternal peace and may you have peace during this difficult time❤️🙏

Sherry Dukes

I always felt welcome joining your family on the holidays when I was single in Nashville and definitely remember the impressive case of Santa Claus figurines!

Ronald Michael Etzel


Ronald Michael Etzel, 81, of Fernandina Beach, Florida, passed away on Friday, March 8, 2024. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Elmer and Dorothy Etzel. He graduated from Custer High School in Milwaukee and South Dakota State University with a degree in pharmacy. Ron worked as a pharmacist for many years before becoming a health science advisor in the pharmaceutical industry. He resided in Germantown and Verona, Wisconsin, and Franklin, Tennessee, before moving to Florida.

Ron married Judith Erickson in 1966. They welcomed four daughters into their home. He was an accomplished guitar player and had a playful sense of humor, a deep appreciation for music, and an abiding interest in science. He enjoyed woodworking, home improvement projects, and long road trips. He was an avid reader and a fan of the Tennessee Titans and Green Bay Packers. He collected Santa Claus figurines and made caramels and chili at the holidays. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He leaves behind Judith, his wife of 57 years, his daughters, three grandchildren, six great grandchildren, two siblings, and close and longstanding family friends.

The family is grateful for the care he received at the Jane and Bill Warner Center for Caring in Fernandina Beach. An official funeral service will not be held. Memories of Ron can be shared on the Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors website. The family suggests considering donations to Community Hospice and Palliative Care in Jacksonville (


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