Ronald W. Van Fossen
August 4, 1943 - April 25, 2023

Ronnie Van Fossen, aged 79, bid farewell to this world and entered the pearly gates on Tuesday, April 25th, 2023. Known affectionately as "Ronnie Van," he was a true westender, spending most of his "River Rat" life along the majestic Mississippi. From his early days as a proud member of the Army National Guard Artillery Division to his distinguished career in the Davenport Fire Department and later the Scott County Sheriff's Department, Ronnie's commitment to public service knew no bounds. After 38 years, he retired from the Davenport Police Department, leaving behind a legacy of courage and unwavering dedication.

One of Ronnie's shining moments was earning the Medal of Honor for his daring rescue at a treacherous quarry. Imagine a child plunging into the icy depths, and there goes Ronnie, fearlessly diving in headfirst to save the day. He emerged victorious, a modern-day superhero. Ronnie Van embodied the spirit of a fun-loving character, armed with an infectious smile that could illuminate the darkest room. His baby blue eyes held a mischievous sparkle, and his quick wit could outpace even The Flash. To say he kept his patient wife on her toes would be an understatement.

Ronnie was notorious for always being ready to treat his friends to endless rounds of adult beverages and unforgettable moments. Whether tearing down the highway on his beloved Harley-Davidson, sailing the waves on daring boating adventures, stealthily stalking his prey in the great outdoors, or gallivanting across the globe with his friends, Ronnie embraced life's adventures with unmatched enthusiasm.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Linda, who stood by his side through it all. His children, Laurie Carmoega, Jason (Cindy) Van Fossen, Matt (Jeni) Van Fossen, stepchildren Trista Morgan, Micah (Melyna) Mosher, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and his brother and partner-in-crime, James (Cathy) Van Fossen, along with his sister Barbra Van Fossen and brother Jay (Cindy) Van Fossen, will forever hold onto memories that evoke laughter and tears simultaneously. Ronnie's parents, James W Van Fossen and Vera (Baker) Van Fossen, await a joyous reunion.

In true Ronnie Van style, he requests that any memorial donations be directed to the Roosevelt Community Center at 1220 Minnie Avenue, Davenport, Iowa 52804. As an alderman, he made an indelible impact, ensuring his ward received the resources necessary for this community center.

The Van Fossen family extends their heartfelt gratitude to the exceptional team at St. Croix Hospice for their extraordinary care during Ronnie's final days.

A celebration of Ronnie Van's life will be held at a later date, uniting friends and family to share stories, laughter, and perhaps raise a glass in his honor.

Ronnie Van Fossen may have left this world, but his memories live on in the hearts and minds of those lucky enough to have known him. Here's to a life well-lived, filled with laughter, adventure, and a touch of mischief. Ride on, Ronnie Van!

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