Ronald H. “Ronnie” Satterly, a lifelong resident of Galveston Island, died at Clear Lake Regional Hospital November 16, 2008, after a long battle with several serious illnesses. He was the husband of an incredibly devoted wife that rarely left his side in the past five months, Cathy (McWilliams) Satterly, and the father of three daughters and one son.
Born in Galveston, TX, December 30, 1930, to Vernon, Sr. and Emily Satterly, of Galveston, Ronnie served in the United States Navy during the Korean War, where he became an accomplished and published poet. He came home to start a career as an inspector for the Grain Elevator and ended up perfected the trade that he had such a passion for, fisherman and shrimper for most of his adult life. In the past several years one of Ronnie’s greatest joys was visiting and playing cards with his brother, Skeets, most every day, and going to coffee every morning with his beloved daughter, Eva, and his dearest and longtime friend, Louie Negrini. He enjoyed his visits with his grandchildren most of all.
Although he will be sadly missed, after an endless depression over the loss of his only son, Warren Satterly, they are finally reunited.
Ronnie is survived by his wife, Cathy (McWilliams) Satterly, of Galveston; brother, Vernon “Skeets” Satterly, of Galveston; three daughters: Eva Miholick and husband, Jim, of Galveston; Amy Carr and husband, David, of Texas City; and Gayle Raines and husband, Timothy, of Sugarland; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Vernon, Sr. and Emily Satterly, of Galveston; and his beloved son, Warren Satterly, of Houston.
Ronnie’s family will receive visitors beginning at 9:30 am, Friday, November 21st, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. A rosary will be recited at 9:45 am, followed by a memorial service at 10:30 am, led by Father Niall Nolan.