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.