Ronald Lewis Thiele, M.D., passed away Tuesday, February 19, 2013 in Santa Rosa, CA. Born in Detroit, MI on March 19, 1925, Dr. Thiele savored life with family and close friends for 87 wonderful years. Ron is survived by his loving friend and devoted companion, Valerie Reid of Santa Rosa, California, his three children Ron Jr., Eric and Judi, five grandchildren, one great grandson, and his niece and two nephews, Laura, Doug and Steve Thiele. Ron was an avid golfer, wicked cribbage player, world traveler and devoted to life long learning. He was, throughout his life, an advocate for children with disabilities and challenges. He took great pleasure in his friends and family and was always ready with a great smile, warm laughter, and an unbounded willingness to listen. He leaves the world a better place with happiness in his heart. Memorial donations would be greatly appreciated to Ron's favorite charity; The Children's Village of Sonoma County, 1321 Lia Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95404, (707) 566-7044.