Ronald “Ron” Menz, age 69, resident of Smiths Station, Alabama, passed away on Friday, April 22, 2022 at his residence. Funeral services are scheduled at the Chapel of Vance Brooks Funeral Home, 3738 US Hwy 431N, Phenix City, Alabama on Monday, April 25, 2022, 11 a.m. with Reverend Jonathan Clark and Chaplain Dean Knipe officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at Fort Mitchell National Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, April 24, 2022 from 2-4 p.m.
Mr. Menz, son of the late Albert Clay Menz, Jr. and Henrietta Myers Menz, was born August 26, 1952 in Sikeston, Missouri. He was a veteran of the military and served his country honorably in the U.S. Army. After serving in the military, he began a career in Fire Fighting. Mr. Menz served the Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania community as a fire fighter for over 20 years. His dedication as a fire fighter and first responder was quite evident as shown by his heroic service at the 9/11 First Tower wreckage, serving faithfully for 19 continuous days.
Mr. Menz then moved to the Smiths Station, Alabama area where he then served as a volunteer fire fighter for several years. He was Catholic by faith, a man who enjoyed traveling, listening to country music, and watching police and fire movies/shows. Mr. Menz was seen by his family and friends always studying and acquiring more knowledge of the fire fighting industry. Most of all, he enjoyed spending quality time with his children and family members. The family remembers him as a man who demonstrated selfless love to not only his family but also to others.
Mr. Menz is survived by his wife of 16 years, Carleen Menz; three daughters, Halie Neal and her husband Justin of Covington, Pennsylvania, Laile Crawley and Celena White, both of Smiths Station; two sons, Ryland Davis and Nathyn Davis-White, both of Smiths Station; two sisters, Brenda Caudle and her husband Christopher of Bertran, Missouri and Lorry Jones of Columbus, Georgia; one brother, Donald Menz of Hoffman, North Carolina; one granddaughter, Evelyn Neal; one grandson, Jacob White; one great-granddaughter; several nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.