ORANGE CITY—Denis Gene Rons, 85, Orange City, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at Orange City Area Health System. There will be a memorial service at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City. Burial will be at a later date at West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. Arrangements are under the direction of Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.

Denis Gene was born May 12, 1933, in Sioux Center, the son of Peter W. and Johanna Edna (De Pree) Rons. He was raised in Sioux Center, where he graduated from the Sioux Center Public School in 1951. While in school, he helped at his father’s business, Ron’s Motor Sales.

On Nov. 16, 1956, he married Marlene Jane Oordt at the Second Christian Reformed Church in Orange City.

In 1963, he graduated from the Arizona State University, with a bachelor of science degree in business marketing. While in Arizona, he worked for the General Electric Company, in the Computer Division and Marketing Research Department.

Denis and Marlene moved to Orange City in 1968, and established Rons Motor Sales, a Ford and Mercury dealer franchise. They were members of the American Reformed Church, where he was a member of the greater consistory. He was also a member of the Orange City Chamber of Commerce, the Orange City Chamber of Commerce Board, the Orange City Tulip Festival Steering Committee, a charter member of the Orange City Dutch Heritage boosters, and various automobile dealer organizations including the IADA, NADA, and FDA.

He enjoyed traveling to the four corners of the country, connecting with family along the way, and traveling internationally including a trip to the Netherlands in 1991. He also loved annual family get-togethers, especially Christmas. He liked to know how things worked, which led to an interest in wood working, mechanics, and the new world of technology. He marveled at nature in all its glory and seasons and the amazing diversity of plants, animals, and insects.

Survivors include his wife of more than 62 years; a son and his wife, Timothy Jay and Tammy (Webster) Rons, of Ames; and two brother and their wives, Francis Earl and Harriet Rons, and Jan Peter and Carole Rons.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials may be directed to the American Reformed Church.

You may express your sympathy at www.oolman.com.