Ben Ronald Gonzalez

Our beloved Ben Ronald Gonzalez (AKA) ZIGGY, to his friends, entered eternal life on the morning of February 11, 2020. He was surrounded by his family and loved ones at the time of his passing. Ronald was born on November 26, 1970 to Ronnie and Nancy Serna Gonzalez and grew up in Pico Rivera, California. He brought joy and smiles to his family on that Thanksgiving Day in 1970.

Ronald is survived by his children, Jeremy Gonzalez, Kimberly Gonzalez, Brendon Rodgers, Damien Gonzalez, his longtime girlfriend of 12 years Stephanie Carney and stepdaughter Sierra Carney, his father Ronnie Gonzalez, sister Nanette Gonzalez, his nephew and niece Matthew Marquez and Brittany Gonzalez. He was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy, his maternal and paternal Grandparents, many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Ronald was the rock of his family. He was the ultimate dad. His love for his children is without end and everyone knows that nothing came before them. Ronald was a loving husband and pillar of strength to the love of his life for twelve years, Stephanie. He was an attentive and affectionate son and brother, and an adoring father figure to his niece and nephew.

Ron had a unique and infectious outlook on life. He was always so full of love and positivity. His attitude infected, not only those closest to him, but random strangers everywhere he went. Even after a terminal cancer diagnosis he had a positive outlook. He brought love and laughter into his chemo room, which made all the nurses, patients and doctors laugh or smile. His spirit was always glowing and continually infectious, inspirational and motivating to his family.

His aunts and uncles remember his love for Cookie Monster, a young baseball player and his insatiable taste for pan dulce. His late uncle Dan Terrazas enjoyed purchasing the pan dulce for him and hunted Ronald down and gave them to him just to see the smile on his face. That big beautiful smile that will never fade from our hearts and minds.

Ronald had an adventurous spirit that led him to many facets of work. He was a    longtime employee of the Venetian Hotel and Casino and most recently The Tropicana Hotel. He always wanted to be in control of his life by finding a business that would allow him to have the ability to spend as much time with his family as he could! So, he explored entrepreneurship, venturing in to specialty wines and Crypto Currency in his final years.

He loved life and never let adversity wipe the smile from his face. He will be greatly missed by his loving family and countless friends.

Funeral Services will be held at;

 La Paloma Funeral Home

 5450 Stephanie St, Las Vegas, NV 89122

Tuesday February 18th from 10:00am 12:00pm

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  • I will always love and cherish the time we shared together my brother. I cant express how much I will miss you. I love you cousin. My condolences to the entire family.

  • I’ve known Ronald most of my life. We grew up in Pico Rivera together and lived on bequette. We were best friends and even became blood brothers. I hadn’t heard from him in years and finally reconnected via Facebook a few years ago. We talked on the phone for a couple hours and it was like the years we missed just faded away. Ron and his family always treated me very well. I can truly say I love you my friend. May God bless you and All of your family.

  • April Anaya-Walker
    February 14, 2020 10:35 pm

    Ziggy had a way of making you smile no matter what was going on in life. He was a devoted father and friend. He ended up more family than friend to our family. It started with a trio of friends, Ziggy, Sharky, and Rob Dawg (my beloved uncle). They eventually became brothers in life, and I know that they are all together raising hell and have fun on the other side. You will be truly missed Zig! Sending love and prayers for all who he left behind.

  • May your zest for life be endless throughout your family. My condolences to your family and friends. Your memory will live on forever ❤️

  • Bobby Alvarado
    Co worker at the Venetian and Freind

  • I am so very saddend to hear of rons passing god bless you my dearest friend my thoughts and prayers to all the family and friends r..i.p my friend i will raise a glass of wine for you loved and missed forever your dear friend from england ❤🇬🇧xx

  • Uncle you receiving your wings is so hard for me to grasp. It still doesn’t seem real, but I know your with Grandma Nancy now watching over all your family and friends. I miss you everyday. You were the best and craziest uncle a niece could ever have, but more like a father to me. I keep replaying the sound of your voice saying “Hey Britt!” in excitement with a huge smile on your face when I’d go visit you. You were the only person that has only ever showed me love, made me feel protected and made sure I always knew you would be there for me at any moment. Losing you is really hard for me to fathom. I’m sorry I won’t be able to attend your funeral but I am thankful I was able to be with you last week. It meant so much to me to see you, hear your voice, and tell you I love you while giving you one last hug goodbye. I love you Uncle! Rest In Peace ♥️

  • My heart is broken, but he is no longer in pain. I will cherish our time working at the Venetian. His smile, laughter and antics always made me smile. I’m sure he knew how many of his friends loved him. RIP my friend 🙏🏼😢💔

  • Deena Gonzalez
    February 15, 2020 3:05 am

    We are so sorry, Cousin Ronnie & Nanette, Ronald’s kids… your cousins , Deena & Rita

  • So sorry for the loss of a great guy. You fought hard and stayed positive. You’ll be missed by many and remembered by all who crossed your path

  • Robert Vandelanotte
    February 15, 2020 6:53 am


  • Doreen Carrillo
    February 15, 2020 7:31 am

    Ronald, you are the bravest person I know. Your spirit lives on in the fond memories you gave us. Always positive, cheerful, loving and true. You faced your illness your way, and though you must have been fearful and sad, you gave us hope and courage to cheer you on with a smile on our face and hope in our hearts that you would beat this villain called cancer.
    I loved reading your updates. Your words and the eloquence with which you explained your journey exuded strength and promise.
    Now you are free from all the things you suffered and feared. You are whole and at peace with our Lord God and your loving mother Nancy. What joy you must feel to be in their presence. Please hug your mom for me. You know that she and I were best friends not a day went by that we did not talk on the phone or just hang out together. I love you mojito. Pray for your dad your sister, your children all your family and friends as we continue through this thing called life without you…💕
    Aunt Doreen🙏⚘

  • Kimberly DeFusco
    February 15, 2020 8:26 am

    My heart is truly broken 😢 I hadn’t seen my cousin Ron (or Ronald as we used to call him back then) since we were kids. Growing up together in Pico Rivera I spent a lot of time with him and his sister Nanette. So many nice memories. We lost touch for many years but had reconnected a few years back through Facebook. Unfortunately we never had the opportunity to meet up again in person. Now it’s too late and that makes my heart truly hurt. I would of loved to have seen him all grown up! But more than that, I would of loved to have known him as an adult and the incredible man he had grown up to be. Even though I knew him while he was still a little booger-brat, he was my little cousin and I loved him. My loving heartfelt condolences go out to all his children (all of whom I never got to meet) May God bless you and help you through this deviating time. I know you all meant the world to him.
    R.I.P. cousin. I know you’re with your Mom now and in some way that puts my heart at ease. Nancy truly was the best. To all my family, my love and prayers 🙏 are with you. 💕

  • This is beyond painful for everyone and a big loss for a lot of people, I can’t even begin to tell you how much you mean to me brother, both you and I came a long way in life, raising our kids and becoming true to life, your family always came first and made sure they were always taken care and I will always love you for that, a true man.. To many memories to share but we had our crazy ass fun man and I don’t regret any of it because it made us who we are today…
    Responsible!! On a side note we were the beer run kings lol. I will always love you brother and will never forget our friendship.. we will meet again brother..
    Tell all the bro’s what’s up Val Carrasco, Tony Rosales, Dave Penn and Sharky and I know there’s more.. (give Penn a kick in the ass for me 🙂) your hanging out with your mom now man I know she meant the world to you.. tell my mom hi and a big hug let her know she got 2 beautiful great grand kids.. rest easy brother.. love you always Zig 😢

  • Jesse Moran Zoellner
    February 15, 2020 3:59 pm

    This guy was a real brotha man for real o knew and bung out with him when we would hang at the road runner on lake mead and hollywood and Casa Blanca of course tjen in my old jobs. Parking lot Bucks tavern man u where a great friend brotha and alwaus be in my heart this toke and shot and beer is in your memory never forgotten big brotha😇😇😇😇🙏🙏🙏🙏💯💯🍻🍻🍻🍻

  • Ron, you have always been a great friend, mentor, full of life and laughter. I never got to meet you in person, but enjoyed talking with you online, and watching all of your posts over the years. You are greatly missed by everyone.

    Rest In Power Ron
    Heaven Gained Another Angel, Fly High ♥
    Prayers & Hugs & Love goes out to all of Ron’s Family & Friends.

  • you will always be remembered, brother I will not miss you because you will have never gone anywhere but in my heart

  • Carlene Russell
    February 16, 2020 12:45 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Although I hadn’t seen Ziggy in years, I could tell the caring, vivacious, loving and sometimes crazy (in the best sense of the word) man I’d worked with for almost a decade had not changed at all. I know he is no longer in pain and he, Sharky (or Sparky as my daughter called him!) and Robert are raising all kinds of…cane while keeping a sharp eye on all those he loves.
    R.I.P. My friend.

  • Wow Ron. You were my mentor and friend in business and life. You taught me how to go for it and not give up. I will forever be indebted to yo.

    Thank you and give those angel in heaven your encouraging words ores

    Randy hoff pho az

  • priscilla Mireles
    February 16, 2020 11:14 pm

    Ron I DNT even know what to were such a loving dad bro.Im so sorry 💔

  • 💔 I truly believe when your time has come here , it’s only because your job done here and now your needed in another place possibly on a larger scale. Something none of us here know anything about until it’s becomes our time. You were and always will be remembered as an inspiration to many Ron and I know you definitely had an amazing aura about you that will never be forgotten, you made an impact on many lives and that alone Speaks volume even in the heavens above, until we meet again ~

  • I grew up across the street from Ronald on Bequette Ave. He was my little brother Fred’s best friend. Ronald was always at our house. I considered him my other little brother. Over the last few years we connected on Facebook. We shared some real good memories. And if course we shared the sad memories of Nancy’s passing.
    Ronald you will be missed. You left an indelible impression upon all you touched.
    My heartfelt condolences to Ron, Nanette, and the rest of the family.
    Love you brother.

  • Words cannot express how much you will be missed and the struggle for your family these coming days and forever. Never known anyone who had the spirit and positivity you had thru this challenge. Tomorrow will be saying goodbye to you, but only till we meet again. R.I.P. Ron

  • You definitely made a big impact on so many people.. having you has a friend…you gave me good advice one time n I took it to heart….so my FRIEND I will truly will miss you n hearing you call me beckster ,love you my friend n until we meet again🙏😥❤

  • Ron, the thinking of you puts a smile on my face and happy tears in my eyes. A great man, father, supportive, fun and above all inspirational. You fought the fight and we all prayed vigorously for you! You brought awareness also and I am sure someone had to get the message and get proactive to go see the dr and get checked. Thank you for the love you have for Brittney and Matthew. They are extremely amazing young people and I know the love and support and fatherhood you gave them will make them shine. you mean the world to them. So much love and respect ✊ Rest In Peace 💜

  • Desiree Donnelly
    February 20, 2020 11:39 am

    Ron you will truly be missed at the Tropicana. You always had the biggest smile on your face even when you were in pain. Your constant positive attitude made you such a fighter. I’m sorry you lost this battle, but I can tell you this, heaven just received an angel, your were such a bright light in so many lives. May you forever Rest In Peace and may God give your family peace and strength at this difficult time. I pray he pours his grace down on your family for healing. Such a terrible loss. I’ll always remember your beautiful spirit. 🙏❤️😢

    • Julissa Laredo
      February 27, 2020 4:36 am

      I was just about to check on you to see how you were doing and I found this out, I am shocked. I used to babysit the kids (not so much kids anymore) years ago. And was glad We reconnected on fb and seeing how big the kids got. You were always such a great down to earth guy. You had such a positive attitude towards all of this and it made u that much of a strong fighter. it truly saddens me that you lost your battle. The kids, Stephanie and the rest of your family has now gained a guardian angel. My prayers go out to your family! RIP

  • Love you and miss you soo much Uncle!! I wish we had more quality time together while I was an adult. My fondest memories as a child have you in them though. I think of you often. You were the best uncle but I’ll always see you as like a father to me! You were loving and treated me and Matthew like we were your own. You never made me feel anything different than just loved. I hope you are happy with Grandma Nancy up in heaven. You have my heart always & forever. 💔


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