IPENBURG – Ronald Frank

Born on July 13, 1959. Passed away January 6, 2021.

Passed away suddenly on January 6th 2021
Aged 61 years
Former husband of Raelene and former partner of Stephanie.
Much loved father and father in law of
Megan and Craig, Simone and Gareth, Taryn and Matt, Chelsea, Kathryn and Peter, and Lauren.
Adored Granddad of Macie, Chloe, Jasper and Wynter.

Much Loved Son of Hans Ipenburg (dec) & Jo Ipenburg-Sluik Brother of Raymond, Linda & Brother in law – Jelle Uncle to Zoey, Freek, Nadine and Noah


I still remember the day I first called you “Dad”.

The look on your face was of pure love & emotion.

I saw that look again when you first held Jasper and Wynter.

Then again when they first called you Grandad x Missing your chuckle, Big Hugs & Love, Megan, Craig, Jasper and Wynter



Dad, you came into my life from an early age. You were a picture of strength, you brought music, lame sitcoms, Dutch meals & wonderful adventures.

Your warm Dutch voice & guitar riffs are now gone too soon.

Love Simone, Gareth, Macie & Chloe.


My beautiful Dad, your passing has left us absolutely broken. What we would give for one last hug and a look into those incredible, blue eyes. I trust the pain in my heart will ease over time, however the immense pride I feel to be your daughter will stay with me forever.

Loving you always, Taryn “Boof head” + Matt xxxxx


To Dad. My hero, my friend and my world. No man in my life will ever hold the place in my heart that you do. No Limit RIP  – Chelsea xx



On July 13, 1959 Ronald Frank Ipenburg was born in Haarlem, the Netherlands, as the first child of Hans and Jo Ipenburg-Sluik. In 1961 two younger brothers of Hans, Hugo and John Ipenburg, migrated to Australia. From that moment on a bond developed with Australia. Raymond born in 1962 and Linda (1966) completed the family. In 1968 the family moved to the village of Dieren. Ronald had a nice childhood, loved the cold Dutch winters, was a fan of soccer club Ajax and loved making long mountain hikes during the summer holidays in Austria. He took an enormous interest in aviation and astronomy. He started gliding as a 16-year-old boy and wanted to become a fighter jet pilot. When he finished high school at the age of 17, his childhood dream fell to pieces. He didn’t pass the physical inspection, because he was 4 cm to tall. His parents advised him to travel the world for a year to make up his mind. Ronald decided to go to Australia, and stayed with his uncles and returned to Holland after that year. He started working in the Netherlands for more than two years, but was feeling homesick for Australia. The day after he became 21 he left to Australia again and this time for good. From that moment on, the whole family flew a lot back and forth. In 2010 his father Hans passed away suddenly. Ronald wasn’t able to come over by then. In 2016 Ronald came with his former partner Stephanie to the Netherlands to visit the family. We organized a big surprise party for Ronald birthday and lots of cousins, aunts and uncles and old school and work friends came along to celebrate together. While Ronald’s heart and life lay in Australia, he always remained true to his Dutch roots. Even this New Year’s Eve he baked the Dutch traditional Oliebollen and his famous slaatjes (salads) were also very loved by his children. He himself thoroughly enjoyed the typical Dutch raw herring with onions.


Ronald will be especially sorely missed by his mother Jo, whom he has called on a weekly basis since the covid-19 outbreak. We are all extremely sad that we cannot say goodbye to him personally because of the same covid-19. Our son, brother and uncle has been snatched from our lives at much too young age and we will miss him terribly, his humor, his music and his warm character. Our hearts and deepest thoughts of sympathy are with his girls Megan, Simone, Taryn, Chelsea, Kathryn and Lauren, their partners, children and mothers.



Funeral Notice
Latrobe Valley Funeral Services Chapel 260 Princes Highway , TraralgonView Map
The Funeral Service and Committal  for Mr Ronald Frank Ipenburg will be held at Latrobe Valley Funeral Services Capel 260 Princes Highway Traralgon on
Wednesday January 20th, 2021 at 10.am

This service will also be live streamed, to view the live stream, click here.
  1. I miss you so very much Ron. You were a beautiful soft, unique soul who will have a special place in my heart forever. Our connection with music and all that we shared will be with me always. So very sad that you were taken from us so unexpectedly but so very grateful that our paths in life crossed. Love you my friend always.

    Cheryl Collette Roberts January 10, 2021
  2. Rest in peace

    Marianne Roerdink January 11, 2021
  3. Ahh Ronald I miss you so much already, we talked almost daily for the past 20 years, we shared so much, we fought, we laughed and we cried, you were a true and very dear friend. RIP my friend until we meet again, Love always

    Andrea Platt January 11, 2021
  4. Though our time together was too short, you left a lasting impression in my heart. You made me feel special and the memory of you, my gentle giant, will last my lifetime. Angel and I will miss you. Rest in peace.
    Ik hou van je. ❤️️ Mary

    Mary Dardha January 11, 2021
  5. I will miss our talks for the past 23 years you have been there for me ….I don’t know what I will do now…..I miss you already……I am still in shock not believing you are truly not there anymore……sending Condolences to your beautiful and loving family I know they are in shock as well……love you always dearest Ron ….hope you have your trusty Guitar with you singing and playing for everyone!

    Lisa Nalley January 12, 2021
  6. RIP Ron, i miss your voice,phone calls messages every day..2years of loving each other and this week we wete going to be together. I loved you then i love you now and forever .A piece of my heart is always with you..i am truly heatt broken.all my love.until we meet again. I don’t know to cope without you in my life..i will watch the stars ,i know that you are near me
    Your Outback girl xx
    Julie Dennis Broken Hill.

    Julie Dennis January 12, 2021
  7. This is NOT how the script is supposed to go Ronald but we cannot dictate our destiny’s and your parting will leave a big hole in many hearts. You were a true honest bloke and one of the Ipenburg’s finest and best person. May you rest in PEACE and we thank you for having been in our lives.
    Love Dorothy and HUG.
    TC mate Have a safe journey wherever it may lead you xxxx

    Dot and Hugo Ipenburg January 12, 2021
  8. My sincere condolences to Ron’s beloved family and children. He will be sadly missed by all those who knew him. Such a kindred spirit. Always spoke of his family with such love and adoration. Prayers and love to you all. May he rest in peace.

    Susan Lynne Nichols January 13, 2021
  9. See you on the other side brother. Rock on and say g’day to Jimi for me.
    Deepest sympathy to family and friends.
    Steve Z.

    Steve Zabiegala January 13, 2021
  10. RIP beautiful man!
    Truly charming, witty, intelligent and cheeky.
    Thanks for all the music, videos and long daily talks.
    You spoke of your family with so much love and adoration.
    They would know you were loved by many. A testament to a really great man!
    I’m sorry I will never like John Farnham 😜 as much as you do but will always remember you with real affection anyway!!
    The stars are waiting for you Dutchie my friend.
    Condolences to the whole family who would be struggling to understand why you were taken from them too soon and so suddenly.
    Helen xx

    Helen Duffy January 13, 2021
  11. My memories of Ronald went back more then forty years ago to Ellecom were we were celebrating the birthday of uncle Hans and Ronald was playing on his guitar on the loft of the house. Not much later he found his new homeland in Australia and our contact became less.

    The last years we increased our contact using FB and I was very happy that I met him in 2019 at aunt Jo here place.

    I was shocked by the news of his passing away and wish his children, aunt Jo, Linda, Raymond and all family in Australia and the Netherlands all the best and strength processing his lost.

    Martin Ipenburg January 13, 2021
  12. Dear family Ipenburg! My sincere condoleances with the loss of your beloved Ronald. Iget to know him, when he was in Holland to visit his mother, who is my best friend and it was a pleasure to meet Ronald. I wish you all the strenght to get through this difficult time. My best regards, Janny Kerseboom

    Janny Kerseboom January 14, 2021
  13. My partner and my love for 18 years. The man I will remember will be the loving, generous, proud man who cherished me and his girls more than anything in the world. I cannot list all the wonderful memories I will now keep forever in my heart as they are too numerous, but here’s a snapshot: The sounds of electric guitar streaming through the house on a Saturday morning; watching him mow the yard at break neck speed, family holidays to different places every time; philosophical discussions about what was happening in the world.; endless repeats of The good life and Dad’s Army; Whitesnake and Deep Purple playing loudly on our many road trips; walking hand in hand along the beach…. Thanks for being a wonderful father to my girls. Always in my heart. RIP

    Stephanie Borg January 14, 2021
  14. Sleep the eternal sleep Ronald. I had shocks before, but this is unbelievable. Still cant comprehend it, but you left a legacy and your life was rich and varied. You were loved, respected and touched many. You are leaving 6 beautiful girls and grandkids. Going to miss you deeply.
    John Ipenburg

    John Ipenburg January 14, 2021
  15. To an amazing man and Dad! You will forever be in my thoughts and memories. You helped me grow into the person I am today and I thank you, for all your support and love. Such an awesome talented person, you will be missed xx
    Love Kathryn

    Kathryn Borg January 14, 2021
  16. My big brother and childhood hero has left the planet. I’m heartbroken. Never again laughing our heads of watching Dutch comedians, never “een bakkie koffie” anymore. Never listening to the newest best album of who ever was having our ihnterest at that moment, and never watching the sky together and you pointing me all the interesting stars and planets, while I’m fighting the musquito’s.
    But one day I will raise my head, like you have done somany times before, and look up into the sky and see you shooting by somewhere between the Southern Cross and “de Grote beer”.
    Hope you found Pa jet and that you had a good one together.
    Love you to the moon, Saturnus, Venus and beyond.
    Your forever little sis Linda

    Linda Brouwer-Ipenburg January 14, 2021
  17. Such a shock to hear you’re gone . You only messaged the other day to say you missed me. A lovely kind-hearted loving man gone way too soon. Sleep in eternal peace xxx

    Robyn slavin January 17, 2021
  18. Dear Ronald, disbelief and amazement that you are no longer here. The memories remain and I am so glad we saw each other two years ago .. I will miss our chat but you most of all. You hold a special place in my heart. ❤ I wish your daughters and the rest of the family a lot of love and strength. Goodbye dear Ronald big kiss from me.

    Tineke Bolhuis January 18, 2021
  19. Beste familieleden en vrienden van Ronald,
    Als laatste Ipenburg-oom in Holland reageer ik op het bekend worden van het overlijden van mijn neef.
    Ik heb Ronald in jaren niet gezien en bij zijn laatste familiebezoek aan Nederland is er door een communicatie-probleem geen bericht gekomen van dat bezoek in 2019.. Ik heb Ronald verder niet gekend maar uit de eerbetonen begrijp ik dat Ronald een ware mensen-mens was.Toevalligerwijze bekeek ik enige weken geleden oude 8-mm films waaronder bewegende beelden van de familieleden van Hans toen Ronald ongeveer 12 jaar was. Een lieve jongen en zo zal ik hem blijven herinneren.
    Alle aanwezigen bij zijn uitvaart –veel sterkte gewenst door mij en echtgenote Henny.
    Rob Ipenburg.

    Rob ipenburg January 18, 2021
  20. Dear Ron
    I’m still in shock on hearing the news of your passing – your regular texts & messages will be greatly missed. You were a very caring man & our conversations covered many topics always with a touch of humour – our last messages on New Years Day were no different.
    R.I.P. xx
    Gold Coast

    Joyce Zeller January 18, 2021
  21. To Ron
    You came into my life about 3 years ago.we had a world wind romance.from the Mornington to Adelaide and all our other trips to coming home from work to many of your beautiful meals to listening to you play your guitar watching your face and eyes light up when ever you spoke about your girls or your mum you were such a beautiful soul and a unbelievable friend my condolences to your whole family Rest In Peace magnum xoxoxo

    Your little Dutch girl January 19, 2021
  22. dearest cous. You were such a big sweet man with the heart on the best place. You stay in my heart and what you keep in your heart, you will never lose.
    Bye my dear Ronald,
    Jet Ipenburg

    Jet Ipenburg January 19, 2021
  23. My little nephew! For always in my memory!!!!
    Rest in Peace!

    Ellen & Arnaud (and boys)

    Ellen & Arnaud Sluik January 20, 2021
  24. Rest In Peace Ronald.. love from the Walters family ❤️❤️😔

    Brenda Walters January 20, 2021
  25. To a warm and beautiful soul…Rest now knowing you provided beautiful memories to all left behind. Our time was short, intense and magical. To be continued in our next life…. I will always remember you when I look to the stars and will whisper a gentle hello xx

    Kris xx

    Kris January 20, 2021
  26. My Darling Ron. I am devastated. All our beautiful plans of our life together forever taken away so suddenly and way too soon. I will always love you and you will always be in my heart. In the word I always used to you that you loved “Absolutely”
    I will cherish our time together, your music and your clips will be played often.
    All my love always Kerry

    Kerry April 15, 2021