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Hamilton Lakes – Ronald Albert Baciak, 73, of Hamilton Lakes, died Saturday, August 27, 2022 at Marshfield Medical Center – Dickinson in Iron Mountain.

He was born on September 5, 1948 in Norway, the son of the late Albert and Marjorie (Wall) Baciak.

Ron graduated from Carmel High School in Mundelein, Illinois in 1966.

He married Margaret “Ankle” Canney on December 11, 1976, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Gwinn. She preceded him in death on September 5, 2019.

Ron had 40 years of racing experience on tracks across the Midwest. He started his racing career in drag racing from 1964 to 1967. In 1968 he started oval track, dirt racing in Norway.

He was in the sports division. Ron then switched to Winged Modified from 1973 to 1977, racing in Michigan and northern Wisconsin on dirt and asphalt tracks. From 1978 to 2003, he rode late-model dirt and asphalt models throughout the Midwest.

In 1980 he received the Most Improved Driver Award, in 1983 he won the Sportsmanship Award. He was the late Model B champion at Escanaba in 1982. Ron was always proud of the way his car looked. It won Best Car in 1983 and 1985.

Ron was a member of the Dickinson County Racing Association, Peninsula Stock Car Association, Door County Racing Association, Eastern Wisconsin Stock Car Association, and National Hot Rod Association. In 2017 Ron was inducted into the Norway Speedway Hall of Fame by the Dickinson County Racing Association.

Ron also loved westerns and anything to do with westerns. He loved music, especially playing guitar with the youth choir that made him so proud. Enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Ron was a member of the choir at St. Barbara Catholic Church in Vulcan. Member of the choir, assistant of the youth choir at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Norway.

Along with his wife, Peg, Ron was the regional coordinator for the United Cerebral Palsy Area Funding Drive.

Ron is survived by his furry baby, Jesse; many cousins; special friends Brenda Reed, Kathleen Wickman, Willie and Jeanne Goeden; and many other friends.

He was predeceased by his fur babies, McBazch, Casey and Shane.

Visitation will be Friday, September 2 from 10 a.m. to noon at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Norway.

The Christian funeral mass will be held Friday at noon at the church with Father Marty Flynn officiating.

Interment will be in Norway Township Cemetery.

Condolences to Ron’s family can be expressed online at www.ortmanfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements announced by Ortman Funeral Home.

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