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Murlyn Ronk
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“What a beautiful tribute video! My thoughts are with the entire Ronk and Probasco families! ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: Deb (Probasco) West - Visalia, CA

“Our condolences to Lillian and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time of sorrow. Janet Thiles Haake; Virginia Thiles Davis. ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: Janet Haake - Bellevue, NE

“Good bye Uncle Murlyn. You will be truly missed. You are now up in heaven with your mom and dad, your son Melvin, your brothers Alva and Elwin, and...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Alice Gurney - Council Bluffs, IA

“I always respected Murlyn always had a smile. He had a good life. ”
4 of 12 | Posted by: Virgil Speake - Fountain Hills, AZ

“My condolences to the Ronk family. Remembering how kind and friendly Murlyn was. Dad always spoke highly of him and your family. What a legacy he...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Dianne Kelley-Book - Walnut, IA

“Murlyn was by far one of my favorite customers at work! Every time they walked in, he was sure to make me smile! He will be greatly missed. ...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Jennifer Zehner - Cedar Falls, IA

“Just want to extend my sympathy to the whole family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. What a wonderful, long life he had with his lovely Lillian...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Karen (DeLance) Rang - Mitchell, SD

“When I was searching for a floral tribute in Uncle Murlyn's memory, I came across a description that really rang true: Faithful Fern. I didn't...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Norris and Kay Vetter - SC

“So Very Very Sorry To Hear. Condolences To All The Families. Prayers Prayers Love Hugs ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Patty & Tom NIEDERMYER - Magnolia, IA

“Pop was one of the kindest men, fun loving and caring. We will miss him tremendously. ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Jufy Ronk

“Pat and I want to say how sorry we are for your loss. Your whole family is so special to us. We will miss his laughter and his smile. He was so...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Rory Conrad - Dunlap, IA - Friend

“Lillian and family, so many thoughts are going through my head. One is that you've had too many losses this year. Lillian and Murlyn are of my...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Janice Kimball (Detwiler) - NC


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Murlyn Sylvester Ronk was born on November 30, 1916, to Glen and Adella (Pokett) Ronk near Hartington, Nebraska. The family moved to Woodbine in 1920 and then to Dunlap in 1928. Murlyn remained in the Dunlap area his entire life. Murlyn married Lillian Probasco on June 3, 1941. They began their married life on a rented farm east of Woodbine. In 1945 they purchased their own farm southeast of Dunlap. In 1974 they moved three miles closer to town. In 2004 they retired from the farm and moved into Dunlap.

Murlyn was a member of the United Methodist Church in Dunlap. He enjoyed dancing, family gatherings and in recent years having coffee with friends at Main Street Cakes and Gifts.

Murlyn died on Sunday, August 20, 2017, at his home in Dunlap surrounded by his family at the age of 100 years, eight months and 20 days.

Murlyn was preceded in death by his parents; son, Melvin Ronk; granddaughter, Kathryn Ronk; step granddaughter, Kelly Mascher; and two brothers, Elwin and Alva Ronk. He is survived by his wife of 76 years, Lillian Ronk of Dunlap, Iowa; four children, Murlyn F. Ronk and his wife Penny of Port Saint Lucie, Florida, Jerry Ronk of Omaha, Nebraska, Nancy and her husband Dennis Resset of Omaha, Nebraska and Terry Ronk and his wife Sally of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; daughter-in-law, Judy Ronk of Dunlap, Iowa; 13 grandchildren; 19 great grand-children; four step great grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; one step great-great grandson; and many other relatives and friends.
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