Ronald Lee Gramza

1963 - 2024

Ronald Lee Gramza, 60, died suddenly on February 14, 2024 in Winston Salem due to a severe medical event. He was born in Milwaukee, WI to Gordon and Esther Gramza. Ron was active in sports throughout his youth and as a young adult. He attended Milwaukee Tech High School and went on to complete an apprenticeship to become a journeyman electrician. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for 28 years. He also devoted himself to caring for his elderly parents in their last years. He was passionate about his faith and building community. He founded and pastored two churches: Lighthouse Community Church (WI) and eXpedition: (NC) where he emphasized relationship over religion, embraced alternative music and a unique preaching style, and reminded people that they are not forgotten. He followed in his fathers footsteps as an avid Green Bay Packers fan, becoming a proud team owner in 2011. He loved music, movies, aviation, US history, and having deep conversations with family and friends. He will be remembered for being analytical, creative, and zealous about his projects. And he would want to remind us that “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

Ron is survived by his former wife Lora Ramsey and their three children: Sarah (Nicholas) Parker, Aaron (Cathlin) Gramza, Amy (Jacob) Easter and four grandchildren: Lincoln Gramza, Gordon Parker, Eleanor Parker, and Harrison Parker, as well as his elder brother Earl (Patti) Gramza. He was preceded in death by his parents Gordon and Esther Gramza. Ron was so proud of his children and their growing families. He always said they were his greatest legacy.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, March 9 in Winston Salem, NC. Contact Sarah, Aaron, Amy or for more information and to RSVP.


3 tributes for Ronald Lee Gramza

  1. Todd Newman

    I am really sorry to hear about Ron’s passing. We were childhood friends who lived across the street from each other. His mom took care of me for my mother while she was at work. Though our friendship drifted apart in high school I reconnected with him on Facebook and enjoyed reading his post and seeing what was going on with his family. May God give you great Peace during this time of remembering Ron.

  2. Donald Campbell

    im really hate to hear this he used to be my foreman in North Carolina he helped alot of people including myself he was a great guy

  3. John Medwin

    I just read recently that truth appears to you first in small bites and then in large gulps. However it is the small first bites that are hardest to swallow. So true. I took my first bites of truth from Ron. I consider myself a “seeker” for most of my adult life. And Ron got me started. I don’t want to upset anybody’s apple cart but those that know Ron will know the story. About a man riding a bike and who got bitten by a dog…. That simple story changed my life forever. He got me realizing how a well accepted theology was not only silly, but had no basis in the Scriptures. After coming to grips with that I began to wonder what else we’ve been wrong about. That opened a whole new world for me. That one interaction with Ron changed the course of my life.


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