Obituary for Ronald Lee Abshagen

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Ronald Lee Abshagen

February 16, 1952 - August 27, 2017

Ronald Lee Abshagen, 65, of Decatur, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 27, 2017, at his home.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 A.M. on Thursday, August 31, 2017, at Sister Lakes Community Church in the Family Life Center, 67119 M-152, Dowagiac, MI. Friends may visit with the family from 6-8 P.M. on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at Newell Chapel, 83313 M-51, Decatur, MI and one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Grace Christian School Library, 325 N. M-140, Watervliet, MI 49098. Those wishing to leave a condolence or sign the guest book online may do so at

Ron was born on February 16, 1952, to the late Harold and Dorothy (Gerow) in Watervliet, MI. He graduated from Decatur High School in 1971. On November 23, 1973, he was united in marriage to Trudie Hovenkamp in Decatur, MI. Ron worked for SPX, formerly Contech and Sealed Power for over 30 years. He was a selfless man and helped with several projects. Ron built his own home, and assisted with the building of the Family Life Center at Sister Lakes Community Church, gym at Grace Christian School and helped remodel Grace Christian School’s Library. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, family vacations, and most of all, spending time with his grandchildren.

Ron is survived by his wife of 43 years, Trudie; children, Rodney (Jessica) Abshagen, Andy (Kristy) Abshagen, Beth (Dan) Corwin and Didi (Jerry) Corwin; grandchildren, Zack, Jordan, Brendon, Theo, Isaiah, Jillian, Nicholas, Aimee, Spencer, Ryder and Owen; and brothers, Jack (Janet) Abshagen and Larry Abshagen.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Dorothy; and brother, Jerry Abshagen.


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Date: Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Newell Chapel


83313 M-51
Decatur, Michigan 49045

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Service Information

Date: Thursday, August 31, 2017

Sister Lakes Community Church


67119 M-152
Dowagiac, Michigan 49047

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As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Grace Christian School Library, 325 N. M-140, Watervliet, MI 49098.


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Born: February 16, 1952
Died: August 27, 2017

Condolences for Ronald Lee Abshagen

Sue Glenn posted on 9/2/17

Trudie and family, Mike and I are sorry for your loss. I was in many classes with Ron in Decatur Schools, and knew him to be a kind and caring person. May your memories of your time together give you some peace in this sad time. Sue Knoska Glenn and Mike Glenn


Laraine posted on 8/31/17

God comfort you in your loss. Love to all of you ✝️


Debbie and Tom Tarantino posted on 8/30/17

Dear Trudie and Family, We are so sorry for your loss! Take comfort in knowing that Ron is resting in the arms of his Savior,and He will see you through this difficult time.We're praying for you all! Love, Debbie & Tom Tarantino


Karen Smith posted on 8/30/17

I am so sorry, Trudie, that you have to face this so early in life, but I know, too, that you know who can give you hope and comfort, our Lord Jesus Christ. I have not seen you in a long time, but appreciated everything you did for the staff at Grace Christian School when I worked there, quite a few years ago now! It is wonderful that you will have your children and grandchildren to lean on in the days ahead.


Michelle Newell posted on 8/30/17

We are so sad to hear of your loss!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Trudie, and your whole wonderful family. -Carter and Michelle Newell


Chris & Sharon Wallace & Family posted on 8/29/17

Our condolences to the Abshagen family.


JoAnn Grgurich posted on 8/28/17

I worked with Ron at Contech for 15 years. Ron was always ready to lend a hand if you needed one or not. I enjoyed working with Ron. My condolences go out to his family and friends. RIP Ron.


Joseph Gill posted on 8/28/17

I ,Joseph Gill on behalf of Danielle Trappe Abshagen, My condolences to the Abshagen family with the up most love and respect for all in attendance and who served as a loving memory for Mister Robert Lee Abshagen. May he Rest in Power.


Nancy Hipskind posted on 8/28/17

So sorry. He will be missed by all who knew him. Prayers for the family.