Ronald "Ron" William Wuensch
Indianapolis, was born on December 24, 1934 and passed away on February 20, 2013 following an extended illness. A life-long resident of Indianapolis and long-time parishioner of St. Luke Catholic Church, Ron graduated from Cathedral High School in 1952 and received both his B.S. (1956) and M.B.A. (1961) degrees from Butler University. He played baseball for both Cathedral and Butler and was an avid lover of sports.
Ron served as executive director of the Indiana Optometric Association for 44 years, retiring in 2005. He also served as a health care consultant for several other state, regional, and national health care organizations, including the American Optometric Association. Ron was in numerous leadership roles in several organizations including: Indiana Commission on Health Policy, Indiana State Chamber of Commerce Health Coalition and Legislative Sub-Committee, Indianapolis Press Club, American and Indiana Society of Association Executives, International Association of Executives, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Board of Regents.
Ron received numerous awards and honors throughout his career; most notably he was a two-time recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash from Governors Robert D. Orr and Frank O'Bannon and recipient of the Distinguished Hoosier award from Governor Mitch Daniels.
Ron was preceded in death by his wife, Jo Ann (Roberts) Wuensch; brother, Dennis Wuensch; son-in-law, Allan Meriwether; brother-in-law, Joseph Deiter; and parents, Thelma and Robert Wuensch. He is survived by his children, Ronna Wuensch, Gina Meriwether, Cheryl (Harold) Mayo, Jeffrey (Michelle) Wuensch, Christopher (Kimberly) Wuensch; twelve grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; sisters, Sonya Deiter and Michelle Whitaker; and sister-in-law, Patricia Wuensch.
Visitation will be from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel , 740 East 86th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46240, followed by a private mass at Our Lady of Peace Cemetary.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Ron's name to The Little Sisters of the Poor, St. Augustine's Home or the Indiana University School of Optometry.