Ronnie David Litaker, 70, of Watervliet died peacefully November 20, 2020. An avid grill master on his deck, a Fox News contributor from his chair and knower of Jack S*#t (he had a hat to prove it), Ronnie provided insight on all things big and small to those he loved.
After meeting the love of his life at 17 years-old, he and Wanda began their many adventures together and never looked back. Joining the U.S. Navy provided the opportunity to live and work in many areas of the United States, as well as abroad. After being stationed in Iceland for two years, they returned to New Orleans to settle down and raise their children.
Upon their return to Michigan, Ronnie began working at Whirlpool in a variety of roles until his retirement in 2005. While there, he made many lifelong friends throughout his departments, often providing knowledge and advice based on his wide array of backgrounds. Perhaps his favorite role was working as a fire inspector on dryers, finally able to put his “knower of Jack S*#t” title to good use.
Ronnie’s children provided him more joy and happiness than he was comfortable admitting. Those close to Ronnie knew he was a man of many words, but mostly words based on facts rather than emotion. Providing pro tips was how he showed his love the most and made us all better for it along the way.
His grandchildren provided an opportunity to see the world through a new lens as a grandpa. Grandpa Ronnie enjoyed the wonder the grandkids brought, and he loved seeking out the toy he thought would be perfect. No matter how small the token, the gestures were large; that was how he showed his love. Thinking about his family and friends, no matter the task at hand.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Wanda (Brock) Litaker, of Watervliet; children, Bryan Litaker of Hartford and Stephanie (Andrew) Rockafellow of Charlotte; two grandchildren, Rachel Litaker and Chase Rockafellow; siblings, Charles (Nancy) Litaker of Denton, Texas, Wanda (Len) Robbins of Berrien Springs, Michael (Jean) Litaker of Watervliet, Roger (Darlene) Litaker of Benton Harbor and Terry (Kathy) Litaker of Watervliet and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ronnie was preceded in death by parents, Jake and Viola Litaker of Benton Harbor and brother, Howard (Carol) Litaker of Benton Harbor.
A private memorial service was held November 24, due to pandemic restrictions. The family will host a celebration of life gathering in the warmer months ahead.
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