Ronald Jon Schmidl

Ronald Jon Schmidl

Penn Yan - Ronald Jon Schmidl, 83, longtime resident of Penn Yan, passed away Tuesday March 23, 2021 at Keuka Comfort Care Home after an extended illness. He was born on April 29, 1937. Ron moved to Penn Yan with his wife Bonnie over 60 years ago. He retired from Penn Yan Express after 36 years when he started his own business, Ron Schmidl and Son General Contracting. He was a loyal husband and loving father and grandfather. Ron made many friends over his lifetime both in Penn Yan and in Florida where he vacationed with his wife during the winter. Ron was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge and a member of the Moose Lodge in Penn Yan. Work was his passion and his life.

Ron is survived by his wife Bonnie Fries Schmidl of 62 years, three children, Rhonda (John) Goodell and Matthew Todd (Kate) Schmidl of Penn Yan, Lori (Boe) Hall of Timberlake, NC, 4 grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren Megan Goodell, Preston Goodell, JT (Ashlyn), Hall Jeffrey Hall, Michael Ferguson, Jessica Ferguson and 2 great grandchildren Madison Lewis and Maya Leist, a sister, Sharon Helton of Penn Yan and brother, Gerald (Carolyn) Schmidl of Stanley NY and several nieces and nephews.

Ron was predeceased by his parents Harold Schmidl and Elma (Thomas) Grady, and a sister Nancy (Harold) Naragon of Penn Yan.

Family and friends are invited to join together for a Celebration of Life for Ron on Saturday, May 1, 2021 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Elks Lodge, 133 Main St., Penn Yan. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to Keuka Comfort Care Home, 35 State Route 54, Penn Yan, NY 14527. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Townsend-Wood & Zinger Funeral Home, Penn Yan. To leave the family a message of condolence, or to light a "Candle of Remembrance", please visit

Posted online on March 31, 2021