Ron Fedler was born Aug. 23, 1950, the 10th child in a family of 13 children. Growing up in a family with so many kids, he learned the values of sharing and taking care of each other.
In 1968, Ron graduated from Marquette High School in West Point, Iowa. In May of 1970, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. There he served as a radio Teletype operator with a secret crypto clearance. After getting out of the Army, Ron came back to West Point and vowed to stay there for the rest of his life. Being away from his home state showed him that he grew up in a great part of the country and in one of the best places to live. He has never lived anywhere else since.
In 1973, Ron attended Fort Dodge Community College, where he took a course in bricklaying. He worked for Mike and Gary Sanders Masonry until 1977. He then worked for Leroy Bentler and Jet Gas Corporation. While working there, Leroy Bentler sold Ron Dugan’s Corner Convenience Store, which Ron rented out for 17 years. In 1994, Ron built a new Dugan’s Corner Convenience Store that is the current BP station in West Point; Ron sold the store in January 2004. On June 1, 1984, Ron began working as a correctional officer at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison, where he continues to work as a correctional officer today.
Ron married Mary Linn Frietag on Feb. 9, 1974. The couple have three children: Linus, 32; Nicole, 28; and Adam, 24. They have six grandchildren.
Ron is a lifetime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Point. He was on the West Point Volunteer Fire and Rescue for seven years. He served as the American Legion commander for Holt-Gears Post 668 in West Point for one year and was delegated to the state convention. Ron also served one term as a city council member and two terms as mayor of West Point, from 1988 to 1992. Very busy with the convenience store and his job at the Iowa State Penitentiary, Ron chose not to seek a third consecutive term as mayor.
After selling the convenience store, Ron decided it was time to get involved in the community again, so he ran for mayor in 2005 and was elected to his third term. He continues to serve as mayor to this day.