Ronald “Ron” “Doc” Re

September 2, 1944 - August 6, 2019

Ronald “Ron” “Doc” Re, age 74, of Middletown, DE, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Wilmington, DE on September 2, 1944, he was a son of the late Joseph Re and Dorothy (Martin) Kase.

In his early years, Ron was a jockey at the Penn Nationals Race track and rode and trained horses.  Ron was a self-taught mechanic and owned and operated automotive shops. He later worked in Research and Development in the automotive field. Some of the devices included the LIGHTNING SHIFT for improvement in faster shifting, which was published in HOT ROD magazine, and the AMBIENT AIR FILTERING SYSTEM, a pollution control device to reduce hydrocarbons.  Ron’s most notable invention was the air powered automobile which was demonstrated in JFK Stadium, Philadelphia, and televised in 1979. He also developed a self-containing unit to power homes and businesses which would be self-sufficient.  During his working years he and his dearest friend and business partner of 50 years, George Mangigian, together developed several US and foreign patents in the automotive industry. 

Ron loved to spend time with his friends and family and talk about world news and politics.  Fake news was often a topic of conversation.  He always looked forward to having coffee with friends and going to the clubhouse. 

In addition to his parents, Ron was preceded in death by his stepfather, Charles Kase.  He will be dearly missed by his wife of 29 years, Barbara Re; son, Ron Re, Jr.; daughter, Sherry Re; stepsons, William (Rhonda), Michael (Elysia) and Bryan (Denise) Petka; brother, Roger Re; stepsister, Gayle Dillon; grandchildren, Brittany, Lauren, Will, Delaney, Anthony, Alexa, Drew, Dylan and Luke; great grandchildren, CJ and Cameron; and nieces and a nephew.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Friday, August 16, 2019, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 275 East Main Street, Middletown, DE, where a memorial service will begin at 11 am.  Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ron’s memory to the American Lung Association, 630 Churchmans Road, Suite 202, Newark, DE 19702.


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27 Condolences for Ronald “Ron” “Doc” Re

  • Barb,
    So sorry to hear of Ron’s passing, let me know if I can do anything.

    Love, Connie

  • Barbara so sorry for the loss to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Love you Barbara.

  • Ron was a good and descent man who will be sorely missed. We celebrate the fact that he is at peace and once again, free from all illness. Elaine & Eddie

  • Dear Barbara and family,
    We are so sad to hear of Ron’s passing. He was such a sweet guy. Sending our love.

  • Barb, I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


  • Barbara so sorry for your loss. I am in FL until the 17th. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Barbara and family,
    We are saddened to hear about Ron’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers!
    Dana, Jerry, Ava, & Olivia

  • REST IN PEACE my friend and neighbor. I really enjoyed our car talks! Barbara, please call us if there is anything Jane or I can do for you.

  • You are forever with us in our hearts, you will be missed dearly and we will continue to speak your name in high praises to keep your memories alive and going. I love you papa there will never be another ,thank you for everything you’ve taught me and everything your words will continue to teach me. I love you, forever in our hearts

  • Dearest Barbara,
    So, so sorry. Ron was such a nice person. Joe & I express our condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. May Ron Rest-in-Peace. Blessings

  • Barb, sorry for your loss prayers for strength and healing. The Moore family

  • Ron was a wonderful friend and nextdoor neighbor. Our prayers and thoughts are with his family.

  • My dearest Barbara,
    In your sorrow and loss, may God’s presence bring you comfort and peace.
    I pray that you will find consolation in knowing that’s so many others care..
    I will keep the happy memories that you, Ron, and I have shared during our visits together.
    You are an inspiration to many , Barbara , having lived the life of a Proverbs 31 Woman…
    May your heart find comfort in the memories of the past and hope in the promises of the future. God bless you and your family…

    All love and prayers,

  • God gave us the Sun set and the Sun rise. Both Sun set and Sun rise are in God’s tomorrow with your loved one. Hold on to your memories until the sun rises to set no more.

    Willie & Eve

  • To Barbara and family,
    We are truly sorry for the loss of your husband Ron. I know how much you and your family will miss him. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Hopefully he is at peace and will always be watching with you. May he Rest In Peace. God Bless you Barbara and your family.
    Love, Pat and Bob

  • Dear Barbara, Sending prayers of comfort to you and prayers of peace to your dear husband. Regards, Betty

  • Dear Barb,

    So sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Love you Uncle Doc !! See you in the next life.

  • My most heartfelt sympathy to you and family! Prayers sent!

  • Barbara & Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Barbara, So very sorry to learn. God bless you and your family in the
    days ahead. Fran (Sue) Paglia

  • Dear Barbara,
    We were saddened to learn about your husband’s passing. So sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Sending love to my childhood friend,
    Joyce and Syd

  • So sorry for your loss, Prayers to you and your family.

  • The years of dealing with physical limitations are over. I imagine him training horses, riding like the wind and racing white knuckled to another win. You will be missed by many. Rest in peace.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences to all the family and especially to his wife, Barb.
    Gail Yorkston

  • Doc was a great guy to be around. We were all gearheads back in the day hanging out at Walt Marvels Car Lot and drag racing on the streets. Then Doc hanging out at Norman Buckalew’s shop and my my buddy Craig Miller’s repair shop. When we moved to St. Louis, I didn’t see Doc much ,except when we would come back to Wilmington to visit family, and would see Doc when he would stop at Craig’s shop or Norman’s shop before Norman passed away. I’ll miss Doc a lot, he was so much fun to be around and was a good friend. May the peace of the Lord be with him! God bless his family ,as they lost a good man.

    Bill Kener