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Vigil honors man who crashed into Cedar River


There are still some unanswered questions as to why a Waterloo man's car went flying into the Cedar River Sunday.  50-year-old Ronald Fluhr was in the car pulled from the river.  Officials say he was on his cell phone at the time of the crash.  Police believe he may have experienced a sudden illness as they estimate his car was traveling 70 miles per hour as it left the roadway.  Monday night, family and friends gathered at the scene of the crash.         

After talking with Ronnie Fluhr's family and friends, it seems evident that he was a kind and caring man.  A memorial along the Conger Street Bridge is where around a hundred people gathered to pay tribute to a life suddenly lost.         

"I haven't had a chance to say it very often, Ron, but I love you.  You'll be missed," said Jeff Fluhr, Ronnie's brother.

Family and friends of Ronnie Fluhr are having a hard time grasping what happened along the Cedar River Sunday, when a car accident tragically claimed the 50-year-old's life.

"I just can't believe that it's real," said Patricia Fluhr, Ronnie's mom.

Fluhr's mom and three brothers were by each other's side as dozens of friends and relatives gathered to remember Ronnie Fluhr's memory at the place he died.  Many hugs were shared, along with prayers and candlelight.  Fluhr's family says Ronnie was a kind soul, who will greatly be missed by many.

"He would deliver groceries to the needy.  And he was always a helping hand for everyone else, always worried about someone else instead of Ronnie," Patricia Fluhr said.

And there was a lighter side to Fluhr, too.

"He always cracked jokes and made fun, made people laugh, you know.  He was always up to something.  He was a prankster, you know, and that's what people remember Ron by," said Melvin Fluhr, Ronnie's brother.

It's those fond memories that Fluhr's family are clinging to as they try to cope with their loss.  It's a small piece of comfort when there are still unanswered questions about what caused Fluhr to crash his vehicle into the river.

Fluhr's family believes Ronnie may have had a severe diabetic problem that caused him to crash.  An autopsy was performed Monday to determine what may have happened.  But the family's not sure when it will have those results.

Fluhr's funeral arrangements have been set.  Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Thursday night at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Home in Waterloo.  The funeral is set for 11 a.m. Friday at Jubilee United Methodist Church in Waterloo.

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