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.
married daisy “Plug” Canney on December 11, 1976, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Gwinn. She preceded him in death on September 5, 2019.
Ron had 40 years of racing experience at tracks throughout the Midwest. He began his career as a driver in endurance racing from 1964 to 1967. In 1968 he started oval track, dirt racing in Norway.
I was in the sports division. Ron then moved on to Winged Modified from 1973 to 1977, racing in Michigan and northern Wisconsin on dirt and asphalt tracks. From 1978 to 2003, he raced the latest dirt and asphalt models throughout the Midwest.
In 1980 he was awarded Most Improved Driver, in 1983 he won the Sportsmanship Award. He was the last Model B champion at Escanaba in 1982. Ron always took pride in the way his car looked. He won the best car award that appeared in 1983 and in 1985.
Ron was a member of the Dickinson County Racing Association, the Peninsula Stock Car Association, the Door County Racing Association, the Eastern Wisconsin Stock Car Association, and the 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. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Ron was a member of the choir at St. Barbara Catholic Church in Vulcan. Choir member, youth choir assistant at St. Mary Catholic Church in Norway.
Along with his wife, Peg, Ron was an area coordinator for the United Cerebral Palsy Area Funding Drive.
Ron is survived by his fur baby, Jesse; Many cousins; special friends Brenda Reed, Kathleen Wickman, Willie and Jeanne Goeden; and many other friends.
She was preceded in death by her fur babies, McBazch, Casey and Shane.
Visitation will be held on Friday, September 2, from 10 am to noon at St. Mary Catholic Church in Norway.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday at noon in the church with Father Marty Flynn officiating.
Burial will take place in the cemetery of the municipality of Norway.
Condolences to Ron’s family can be expressed online at www.ortmanfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements announced by Ortman Funeral Home in Norway.