September 14, 1951 - October 21, 2021
Born 9/14/1951 in Eastland Texas to Errett T Fender, Jr. and Doris Lavonne Box. Passed away on 10/21/2021 in Dallas, TX at the age of 70.
Ronnie grew up in Mineral Wells, Texas with brother Donnie and sister Deborah. Graduated from Mineral Wells HS and Richland College and completed a number of specialized training programs in his field of mechanical engineering. He was well known in the DFW area as a mechanical designer for IDA Engineering for many years. As a young man, Ronnie drove Triple A fuel dragsters with his father as his pit boss, he spent his summers on his grandparents’ ranch in West Texas. He was an avid hunter, he loved to travel and volunteered for many years at the Dallas Life Foundation with his family. He was a devoted and loving husband, a patient and understanding father and grandfather. He enjoyed being with family and friends and loved to joke with people.
Survived by wife, Susan Kay Fender of Dallas, Son Ronnie D Fender and his wife, Jayan Fender of Seabrook, TX, Daughter Susan Kay Fender of Arlington, Brother Donnie Fender and wife Gail Fender of Simpson, LA, Brother-in-law, Mark Reuter of Sachse, Grandchildren, Dakota Fender and wife, Vanessa of Plano, Texas and Connor and Aiden Fender of Seabrook, TX and extended family and dear friends.
Preceded in death by: Father, Errett T. Fender Jr., Mother, Doris Lavonne Box Fender and Sister, Deborah Fender Reuter.
Funeral will be held at 1:30 PM, November 5, 2021, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church 5100 W Plano Pkwy, Plano, TX 75093 with a Celebration of Life to follow at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 6001 W Park Blvd., Plano, TX 75093.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation in Ronnie’s name to the American Diabetes Association for a cure for diabetes which was very important to him. If you choose to send flowers, they can be sent to the church directly the day before or morning of service.
If you are unable to attend, the service will be streamed at this link. Funeral Mass for Ronnie Gene Fender
Ronnie was a big fan of John Wayne and lived by his saying:
“Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.”