Lance Corporal Michael J. Ronner, United States Marine Corp, of Sudbury, died unexpectedly Monday, May 7, 2012 at Camp Pendleton, California. He was 22 and the son of Jeffrey Ronner of Sudbury and Linda Musgrave of Medford. Michael was raised and educated in Sudbury having attended Sunnyhill Preschool, Josiah Haynes Elementary School, Ephraim Curtis Middle School, and Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School. Michael worked as a lifeguard all thru high school at Atkinson and Longfellow Pools and also worked part time at McDonalds. He attended Indiana University and entered the United States Marine Corp in January 2010 to serve his country and learn Marine values. Stationed at Camp Pendleton he held the rank of Lance Corporal and served as a Data technician. Michael possessed a great sense of humor who loved to make people laugh, especially with his many impressions. He had a ready smile with a twinkle in his eye that captured the hearts of those who knew him and he was sensitive to the needs of others. He was fluent in Spanish and had a passion for adventure; enjoying skiing from the age of 3 years, snowboarding, many trips to Steamboat Springs,Colorado, summers at Omni Camp in Poland Springs, Maine, and time spent at his familys Marthas Vineyard home. He hiked the Grand Tetons for a month with 9 other teenagers from across the country when he was 14 years old and loved to travel visiting Germany, Italy, Canada and numerous states around the country. He loved music, his car and motorcycle; his dogs, Riley and Murphy; and was an avid Patriots, Celtics and Red Sox Fan who attended many of their games. In addition to his mother and father he leaves his stepmother, Lisa Ronner and his step father, Peter Swanepoel; step brothers Quintin and Heinrich Swanepoel and Maxwell Haines. He was the grandson of Charlie and Toni Musgrave of Liverpool, NY and John and Phyllis Ronner of Red Hook, NY and is also survived by numerous aunts uncles and cousins. Funeral services with full military honors will be conducted Saturday, May 19, at 10:00 am at Sudbury United Methodist Church, 251 Old Sudbury Road, Rt. 27, Sudbury Center, followed by interment at New Town Cemetery, Sudbury. Visitation will be Friday from 4-8 pm at the Duckett-J. S. Waterman & Sons Home of Memorial Tribute, 656 Boston Post Rd., Rt. 20, Sudbury. Memorial donations should be directed to Wounded Warrior Project at woundedwarriorproject.org . or Sudbury Military Support Network, Po Box 544, Sudbury, Ma 01776 www.sudburymilitarysupport network.org. For additional information, guest book and tributes, please visit www.duckett-waterman.com
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Published in The Sudbury Town Crier from May 15 to May 22, 2012