Ronald Fittje

Ronald "Ron" Fittje

May 24, 1943 - May 6, 2021
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Ronald R. Fittje passed into the arms of his Lord & Savior on May 6, 2021 at Park View Home in Dodge, NE. Ron was born on May 24, 1943 in Columbus, NE to Rudolph and Irene (Gehring) Fittje.

At a young age, he moved with his family to Omaha. He graduated from Omaha North High School and Midland Lutheran College. Ron served in the U.S. Army from May 1962 to June 1965. He devoted 31 years to teaching and coaching at North Bend and Clarkson Schools.

Ron married Patsy Vanderkolk on March 1, 1969 in Octavia, NE. To this union were born three children, Ryan, Russ and Robyn.

Ron was an avid fast pitch softball pitcher for 42 years. He was inducted into the Nebraska State Fast Pitch Hall of Fame in December 2019 in Hastings, NE. He was also an avid sports fan. He enjoyed watching his kids and grandkids athletic events and other activities.

Ron was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church of North Bend, former Sunday school teacher, and usher.

He is survived by his wife, Patsy; sons, Ryan (Johanna) of Fremont; Russ (Sonya) of Papillion; daughter, Robyn (Josh) Klingman of Grand Island; brother-in-law, Rich Majerus of Elkhorn; sisters-in-law, Sheryl (Mike) Block of Hallam; Beverly Vanderkolk of Austin, TX; 4 grandchildren, James, Drew, RJ, and Kyla; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother; sister, Linda Pugh Majerus; and brother-in-law, Jim Vanderkolk.

Visitation is from 5-8 PM on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at Moser Memorial Chapel in North Bend. Funeral service will be at 10:30 A.M., Friday, May 14, 2021 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in North Bend. Military Honors will follow the service. A private family interment will be at Zion Lutheran (Grand Prairie) Cemetery Platte Center, NE.

Memorials may be directed to St. Peter Lutheran Church or North Bend Community Foundation.

Online condolences may be left at

Moser Memorial Chapel, 1040 N Main St., North Bend, NE 68649 402-652-8159.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday May 13, 2021 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday May 13, 2021 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Moser Memorial Chapel Funeral & Cremation Services @ North Bend
    1040 N. Main
    North Bend, Nebraska 68649
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  • Service

    Friday May 14, 2021 | 10:30am
    Friday May 14, 2021 10:30am
    St. Peter Lutheran Church
    920 Linden Drive
    North Bend, Nebraska 68649
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Tom Hamernik

Posted at 10:52pm
Ron was my teacher and basketball Coach in Clarkson, have a lot of wonderful memories. 'Got it, write it down !', was one of his frequent sayings. I also enjoyed watching Ron pitch softball games! Our deepest condolences to Pat and their children. Tom and Paula Hamernik- Clarkson

Bob Taylor

Posted at 08:34pm
Mr. Fittje was my teacher and coach through Jr and Sr HS. He was the kind of coach that made the most difficult track workouts fun. He taught us with a straight forward approach, dry sense of humor, humility and ability to sing the pop hits of the day--"Oh what a night..."
I left North Bend and returned 30 years later where he recognized me in a large crowd. He was the kind of teacher every kid deserves to know, we will never forget him. Thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family.

Kyle, Jenn, and Lucy

Posted at 07:35pm
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.
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Posted at 11:59am
As you grieve know that we are remembering you...Barbara and Bradley Klingman, Bette Cataldo and family Cherish the good memories!!!
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LeRoy and Janis Poppe

Posted at 09:53pm
Pat and family, We have many fond memories of Ron. LeRoy played fast pitch with him for a few years. Ron and daughter painted our garage back in the early 90's one summer. He was a great guy and will be missed by many. We know the last years weren't easy for him so we are glad he is at peace. Let your memories bring you smiles, your family and friends give you comfort and God grant you peace. With love and sympathy, LeRoy and Janis Poppe, Scribner

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