Ronald E. Soper (1944 - 2012)

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CEDAR FALLS – Ronald E. Soper, 67, of Cedar Falls, died Thursday at Allen Hospital, Waterloo.
He was born Sept. 23, 1944, in Oelwein the son of Orville and Merial Harkin Soper. He married Kathryn Patten on July 17, 1971 in Waverly.
Ronald owned Soper Enterprises INC for 14 years. He then owned and operated American Golf for eight years, retiring in 2011.
Survivors include: his wife, Kathryn of Cedar Falls; two daughters, Sherri Houser of Denver and Shannon (Troy) Gruchow of Cedar Falls; five grandchildren; three brothers, Larry (special friend-Doug Spencer) of Rio Rancho, N.M., Jerry (Deb Gruver) of Hazleton, and Donald of Waterloo; five sisters, Marian (Jim) Kelly of Oelwein, Joan (Richard) Waitman of Phoenix, Ariz, Shirley (Gene) Shay of Oelwein, Patti (Peter) Schmitz of Brooklyn Park, Minn and Susan (Craig) Ohrt of Richmond, Mo.
Preceded in death by: his parents; two sisters, Betty Holley and Connie Crawford.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 3, at Orchard Hill Reformed Church with burial in Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Public visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Monday at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on West Ridgeway, Waterloo. Visitation also one hour prior to services Tuesday at the church.
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Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from July 6 to July 21, 2012