Ronnie Lee McFadden was born on October 24, 1961, in Texarkana, Arkansas. He was one of eight children born to the union of Fred and Mildred (Pree) McFadden. As a young boy Ronnie moved to Michigan. He attended Monroe High School for a period of time before transferring to Detroit Kettering High School in Detroit, Michigan where he would graduate with the class of 1979.
For many years, Ronnie was employed by the State of Michigan as a custodian tending to the needs of the State’s Welcome Centers.
At an early age, Ronnie obtained the nickname “Wolfgang”. He would often refer to himself and his buddies as the “Polish Players’’. This special group of friends enjoyed dressing up and going out on the town. Ronnie loved to dance and watch western movies. His favorite movies always starred John Wayne or Clint Eastwood. He also enjoyed watching educational shows about animals or any classic military movie, the older the better. Ronnie and his friend Gary Blunt liked to fish at the Port of Monroe for whatever they could catch. He also spent time with Steve Campbell fishing at some of their favorite spots. He enjoyed hanging out with his best friend, Carl Ford and doing “guy things” partaking in any sports activity. Besides Ronnie’s daughters and sisters, he had two very special women in his life; Mother Mitchell, who was like a mother to Ronnie and Ms. Barbara Cheatham who was an inspiration for Ronnie.
Growing up, Ronnie was to say the least an adventure to be around. He and sister Linda were partners in crime and if she started a fight, Ronnie was sure to finish it. Later in life, he became a born-again Christian. Ronnie was a proud member of the Oaks of Righteousness. He was very outgoing and enjoyable to be around with a wonderful sense of humor.
Ronnie Lee McFadden, age 60 of Monroe passed away on Wednesday; October 12, 2022, at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital. His passing was preceded by his parents: Freddie and Mildred McFadden; two brothers: Freddie McFadden Jr. and Donald Michael McFadden.
To cherish his memory he leaves four daughters: LaSheila (Heather) Jackson of Monroe; Gabriella Richardson (Jontae Pippens) of Monroe; Adrianna (John Ragland) Richardson of Monroe and Tyteanna Todd of Monroe; three sons: Ronnie “RJ” McFadden of Inkster, Michigan, Terrence Richards of Toledo, and Althonio Jackson of Monroe; five sisters: Sheila McFadden of Monroe, LaVern Caine of Inkster, Linda (Richard) McFadden-Jett of Monroe; Betty McFadden and Letha McFadden both of Detroit; ten grandchildren: Jae’den Richardson, Guillianaa Richardson, Nyla Richardson, Jayceon Richardson, Giyanaa Richardson, Carmellous Richardson, Jacaion Richardson, Mashaiya Richardson, Amaiya Richardson, and Taelynn Todd.
Friends may gather from 11:30am until 1:00pm on Friday; October 28, 2022, at Merkle Funeral Service, North Monroe; 2442 North Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan 48162 (734) 384-5185. A Homegoing Celebration of His Life will follow at 1:00pm also at Merkles. Cremation will follow through Covenant Cremation of Erie, Michigan
Memorial donations are suggested to the McFadden family to assist with funeral arrangements. Online guests may leave words of inspiration and comfort or share a photo by visiting www.merklefs.com.