Ronald Hanzl (1927 - 2013)

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Hanzl, Ronald Roman Ron Ronald Roman Hanzl, 86, lived a full life and left behind a proud legacy when he left this earth on October 25, 2013. Born in Chicago on May 17, 1927, he spent twenty-three fruitful years in Dallas, raising a family and succeeding in business with Maritz Travel. In business Ron was smart and fair; in his personal life he was generous and loyal. A devoted son to his parents George and Rose Hanzl, he lovingly cared for them until their passing. He served his country proudly in the Navy during World War II and afterwards graduated from the University of Illinois in three years with an advertising degree. In New Orleans, he met and married a lovely young Delta stewardess named Betty Sue Payne, who was one of ten children and hailed from Mississippi. He was an only child raised in the Midwest, but Ron learned the true meaning of family from his wife and her large southern clan. Together they raised four children: Scott, Karen (Brown), David and Susan (Townsend). Their children gave them many grandchildren: Joe, Amanda, Alex, Andrew, Audra, Katie, Kaitlin, Jacob, Rachael and Michael. As a father, Ron was thoughtful and caring and involved in all the children's activities. He planned interesting and fun events, which included the family's monthly motor home adventures to places far and wide. As his children entered adulthood, he was a true sounding board. He loved to be called "Granddad" and was proud to hear about each of the grandkid's accomplishments. Ron also had a soft spot for his sister-in-law Joyce Tidwell/Wall and her family, and when her husband Charles passed on, he became a concerned and caring uncle to their daughters Cynthia and Holly. Ron was a man of many interests. Because of his work with Maritz, he was able to travel the world, visiting places many of us only read about. A charming host both at work and at home, the man loved to dance. Whenever the music started, he was one of the first on the dance floor. Ron, along with his wife Betty, loved his work at Schreiber United Methodist Church where he served on many Boards and Committees as well as one of his most rewarding positions as a Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 835. It's also where the couple forged many friendships. Ron was an avid and life long reader, he was an outdoorsman, he loved the sun and the water, he sailed, was an excellent card player and had a passion for travel which continued his whole life circling the globe many times over. He belonged to the Elks and the Italian Club, which gave him great pleasure. When it was time to retire from Maritz, Ron decided to do what many retirees do and move to sunny Florida to be near the water. The years there were filled with reading and relaxation, good food, travel and the love of a good woman, his second wife Julia (Julie) McArdle Hanzl. For the last nineteen years of his life, Ron was blessed with an angel who would be his best friend, traveling companion, dance partner and advocate. Julie shared the "for better, for worse" with him throughout his final years in Cape Coral, FL. At his bedside when he died were his wife Julie, his four children and daughter-in-law Patty. He went in peace knowing he was very much loved. "Goodnight sweet prince; And flights of angels sing thee to rest!" William Shakespeare Please join us for a memorial service celebrating the life of our beloved Ron Hanzl on December 7, 2013 at Schreiber Memorial Church, 4525 Rickover Drive in Dallas, TX, at 10:30 am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hope Hospice, 9470 Health Park Circle, Ft. Meyers, FL 33908.



Published in Dallas Morning News on Dec. 5, 2013
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