Ronald John Majka was born on September 30, 1942 in Chicago, IL to Ed and Tillie Majka. He is preceded in death by his parents and younger brother Richard. He is missed by his sister Sharon and her husband Ed; his loving wife, Jean; and two children, Debra with son in law Anthony, and Steven with daughter in law Cindy; six grandchildren, Kristen, Tiffany, Samantha, Amber, Alexandra and Josephine; and seven great grandchildren, Myles, Torin, Lillian, Tyler, Ava, Layne and Baby Gizmo.
Family was always the most important thing to Ron. He worked day and night as both a butcher and bartender to provide for his family. Ron was a butcher for more than 60 years with the motto, “Feed the hungry Americans.” On his rare nights off, he relaxed in his chair with his favorite red and white striped blanket and his dogs Beauty and Patches on his lap.
Ron always loved to travel and enjoyed nothing more than piling all the family into the RV for a cross country trip. They’d head to the Covered Bridge Festival, river rafting in Colorado, and camping all over the USA. There were also cruises to Key West, the Bahamas, and Mexico and many trips to Woodsmoke.
Ron and Jean moved to Sun City West, AZ in 2000 and officially retired in 2007. He was a member of the Crown of Life Lutheran Church; he played pickleball, volleyball, miniature golf tournaments and bowling; and he joined the computer club. Ron was always fascinated with computers and enjoyed talking to his grandchildren about them along with the occasional game of solitaire or minesweeper.
One of the best memories Poppy’s grandchildren have of him is how he always managed to make them feel special. Any hug, kiss, or perfect cannonball off the diving board at Woodsmoke would be proclaimed “The best (insert name) hug/kiss/dive ever” and that we were his “Favorite (insert name)”.
One final grandchild memory is the goodbye hugs. Poppy would pretend to lift them up into the air, and he’d say “1…2…2 ½…2 ¾…3!!!” and then he would lift them up sky high for a goodbye hug. Over time the number would get longer and longer and they would giggle and laugh just waiting for that big hug.
Ron “Poppy” will be missed by his friends, family, and all those who knew him.
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