Ronald “Ron” Peter Goulet, 83, Kokomo, died at 5:40 a.m. Sunday, July 14, 2013, in his home. He was born in Milwaukee, Wis., June 6, 1930, to the late Wilbert and Ellen (Ecklund) Goulet and attended Pulaski High School. Ron joined the United States Marine Corp on Aug. 27, 1947, and was honorably discharged four years later as a sergeant. He also served with the Civil Air Patrol.
On Jan. 27, 1955, Ron married Joan Peterson at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Gays Mills, Wis., and she survives. He then continued his education with a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1956 and a master’s degree from Purdue University. While attending college in Wisconsin, Ron belonged to πKA. He was employed at DuPont in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Philco in Souderton, Pa., before moving to Kokomo, taking an engineering position with Delco in 1962. During his career with Delco, Ron and his family were sent to Michigan to work at the Proving Grounds for six years before returning to Kokomo to retire in 1992.
After retiring, Ron kept himself very busy. He served with Habitat for Humanity as a volunteer and as a board member, was a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, where he sang bass in the choir, sang with the Kokomo Symphony Chorus, and belonged to the Kokomo Civic Theatre and the Morning Musicale. He also organized the Thursday Golfers, a group of about 30 men who, under Ron’s direction, would join for breakfast, play a round of golf at a negotiated rate, and then finish their day together with lunch. Ron also helped maintain all the golfers’ stats. He was an avid golfer, rating courses for the U.S. Golf Association and adding to his list of proud accomplishments, two holes-in-one, one at Pleasant Valley Golf Course in Madison, Wis., and one at Norwood Golf Course in Huntington. He enjoyed vacationing in Florida and Alabama in the winter months, where he would spend time golfing. His favorite hobbies included golfing, playing bridge, reading, traveling to California, Texas and Louisiana, among many other places, and woodworking. He enjoyed making furniture and many other projects. He took the initiative to study woodworking later in life at Ivy Tech, and took some of the classes a number of times. Ron also taught computer classes at Ivy Tech and for Michigan State extension classes.
Ron is survived by his wife, Joan Goulet; treasured children, Susan (Mark) Bartholomew, Bill (Kyle) Goulet and Bob (Jayne) Goulet; grandchildren, Brendan (Samantha) Bartholomew, Anna (Jimmy) Mooney, Katie (Ben) Linder, Ellen Bartholomew, Betsy (Nate) Thieme, John Matthew Goulet and Amy Goulet; great-grandchildren, James and Brendan Mooney, Alexis and Lucas Linder, Paige Bartholomew and Colton Thieme. Other survivors include a sister, Delia (Tyrone) Bujold; a sister-in-law, Carol Goulet; brothers-in-law, James O. (Mary Ruth) Peterson and Robert J. (Barb Thies) Peterson, along with several special nieces and nephews.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents; 3-year-old son, John Michael Goulet, who passed away in 1973; a brother, Lawrence Goulet; brother-in-law, Col. Paul (Virginia) Peterson; sisters-in-law, Dolores (Howard) Fergot and Lillian Peterson; and several nieces and nephews.
There will be a memorial Mass for Ron at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 3155 S. 200 West, Kokomo, with the Rev. Father Martin Sandhage celebrating. Ron’s remains will be privately laid to rest later at Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery, Kokomo. Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel, 3400 S. Webster St. The visitation will begin at the mortuary with military rites provided by the United States Marine Corps and the Kokomo VFW Military Rites Teams at 4 p.m. There will also be a scripture service that evening at 7:30 p.m.
You are invited to read Ron’s obituary at www.ellersmortuary.com, where you may sign the guest book or share a personal message. Memorial gifts in Ron’s memory may be made to Habitat for Humanity, Toys for Tots, or St. Joan of Arc. Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel, 3400 S. Webster St., assisted the family with arrangements.