Ronald L. Bierlein, 82, died at 7:40 p.m. on March 16, 2017, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility.
He was born on September 15, 1934, in Columbus, Indiana to George Raymond Bierlein and Alma Louise (Brandt) Bierlein. He married Janet Louise Sheets on September 1, 1956, and she survives.
Ron graduated from Columbus High School and Indiana University. He worked at JCPenney during his high school years and was later employed at the Social Security Administration as a field representative in Madison, Richmond and Columbus. He went on to work at Indiana State Employment Services, taught at Ivy Tech in Columbus and retired from Sears. He was an avid model railroader all of his adult life. Ron was a fan of Cincinnati Reds baseball and I.U. basketball and enjoyed studying history, especially the Civil War, and loved to visit Civil War battlefields.
A Mass of Christian burial will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 20, 2017, at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church. Calling will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home with a Rosary service at 5:30 p.m. Additional calling will be one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church. Burial will be at Garland Brook Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana or St. Bartholomew Catholic Church Building Campaign through the funeral home.
Ron is survived by his wife, Janet; sons, Andrew W. (Carol) Bierlein of Indianapolis, Indiana and Thomas B. (Melissa) Bierlein of Ellettsville, Indiana; daughters, Jennifer A. (Randy) Mosier of Columbus, Indiana and Susan E. (Tim Hannan) Bierlein of Newark, Ohio; brother, Kenneth G. (Marjorie) Bierlein of Columbus, Indiana; grandchildren, Jeffrey Brooks, Wendy Brooks, Jeremy (Nikki) Brooks, Max Frankenberry and Crosley Frankenberry; and great-grandchildren, Phoebe, Piper, Kane, Haley, Collin and Isabella.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, John E. Bierlein.
You are invited to view his video tribute after 1 p.m. on Sunday, light a virtual candle and send a message to the family via the internet.