He was born on June 19, 1941, at Walnut to William D. and Edith (Tiemeyer) Wintjen. He grew up at Walnut and attended Walnut schools.
He married Wilma Mattox on June 5, 1960, at the Crawford County Courthouse in Girard. She survives of the home.
He worked in oilfields as a driller and spent most of his working career as a truck driver, retiring from Martin Tractor in Chanute in 2003.
He enjoyed reading, jig saw puzzles, tinkering with things in his garage and spending time with friends at the Jobe farm in Missouri. He loved his children and grandchildren and told them he loved them every time he would get the chance to see them or visit with them.
He was confirmed into the Lutheran faith in 1956 at the Zion Lutheran Church at Brazilton. He recently became friends with Pastor Daniel Flippo and it was through their friendship that he gave his heart to the Lord.
In addition to his wife, Ron is survived by his son, Doug Wintjen and his wife, Linda, of St. Paul; two daughters, Sheri Andrews and her husband, Jake, of Erie and Shawna Gannaway and her companion, Marc Schumacher, of Lawrence; seven grandchildren, Ashley Hobbs and her husband, Philip, Jarvis Wintjen, Chelsey Crager and her husband, T.J., Lindsey Andrews and her fiance, Aaron Tromsness, Breah Andrews and her fiancé, Bill Butler, Payton Gannaway and Megan Gannaway; eight great-grandchildren, Austin, Drew and Gannon Hobbs, Raigen and Kynadi Crager, Milo, Holden and Paisli Butler.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond and Marvin Wintjen; and one sister, Stella Guy.
The service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pierce-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Erie. Burial will follow in the East Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. today.
Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church Building Fund and these may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, 113 N. Main St., P.O. Box 182 Erie, KS 66733.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.