Ronald Van Zante

September 13, 1939 ~ July 9, 2022 (age 82)


Ronald Van Zante, born September 13, 1939 in Centerville, Iowa, to Lewis Carl Van Zante and Margaret Hiatt Van Zante, passed away Saturday, July 9, 2022 in Albia, Iowa, at the age of 82.

He started working for Deere Plow Works in Moline, Illinois in 1963 after six months in the Army Reserve, and retired from Deere Ottumwa Works in 1992.  He had been farming with his father on his return to Moravia in 1967 and by the time of his retirement in 1992, was able to farm in the daylight.  Ron’s greatest love were the cattle they raised together.

Ron married Lois Strunk on February 16, 1964.  Together they raised two sons, who were also graduates of Moravia Schools.  Ron served two terms on the Moravia City Council, coached Little League, helped the Athletic Promoters, Fall Festival and always ready to help his community as he could.  In his spare time (?) he sponsored and coached Van’s Fastpitch Softball team and played on several others.

Left to cherish Ron’s memory include his wife, Lois; two sons, Greg (Beth) of Carlisle and Jon (Amber) of Moravia; two brothers, Mark and Charles (Becky) both of Lenexa, Kansas; four grandchildren, Xaviera Scott of Moravia, Tripp Van Zante of Moravia, Carly Van Zante and Josie Van Zante both of Carlisle; one great granddaughter, Baylor Scott of Moravia; several nieces, nephews and cousins; sisters-in-law, Betty McLeod and Erma Edge; and a brother-in-law, Donald (Joan) Strunk.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents; a nephew, Tom; as well as brothers-in-law, Wilbur Strunk and Don McLeod.

According to wishes, cremation has been accorded.  No services are planned at this time, but a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to either the Grace United Methodist Church or to Moravia Fire and Rescue and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, IA, 52544.  Condolences may be shared online at or on our Facebook page.

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