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Obituary for Ronald Albert Spielman

Ronald Albert Spielman, 92, of Hattiesburg, passed away on November 22, 2023, at Forrest General Hospital after a brief illness. He was born on April 12, 1931, to Bernice and Galen Spielman in Larimore, ND. A child of the Great Depression, he saw his father leave and return from WWII, at which time the family relocated to Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

As a young man Ron enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served during the Korean Conflict, specializing in Communications. After his Service to his country he returned to Sioux Falls, SD and soon met his future wife, Marlene (Flanders); they were married August 26,1955. Ron's career evolved during the infancy of the Computer Age, where he worked in Regional Sales for several corporations that sold large scale computer systems primarily to newspapers and other publishers.

Ron's career took his young family to Winter Haven, FL, and then to Novi, MI; Ron and Marlene had a vacation home in Kihei, on the island of Maui, Hawaii for several years. In 2006, with their family grown, Ron and Marlene moved to Purvis, MS and later Hattiesburg, MS.

Ron is preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 64 years, Marlene. He is survived by his younger brother, Galen Spielman (Jan); three children: Kim Smith (Ron), Scott Spielman (Patty), Todd Spielman; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Ron was a social being, with an easy laugh and quick wit. He was loved by many and respected by all. An avid game player, he enjoyed board and card games, especially contract bridge. In his younger days, he played ping pong, billiards and tennis. He was a jolly winner and a gracious loser, being a player was more important to him then the outcome. As his body slowed, his mind remained sharp. He relished his weekly trivia contests and the opportunity for his After Glows on the veranda with music.

Ron found great joy in his large family, and is fondly remembered by his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. His easy laugh and social graces will be missed by all he met and touched.

"Here's the lesson: Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your earthly possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home." —Luke 16:9