’67 Beetle Community – Ron Waller Needs Your Prayers!

Many of you likely will recall Ron and Diane Waller’s Border-to-Border Cruise Article.

Ron not only has been a faithful Reader of 1967beetle.com, but he has contributed from time to time for our enlightenment and enjoyment on the Site.

Earlier this year, it was time for Ron to have a knee replaced.  This was the beginning of his trouble.  A severe infection ensued with ins-and-outs of the hospital and additional surgeries. 

He was placed on potent antibiotics and sent home for weeks where the antibiotics were delivered directly into the blood stream via a port.

Just this week, Ron noticed seepage from the surgical wound.  Back to the doctor and then back into the hospital for a complete removal of the knee implant and a temporary knee insert.  Tomorrow (August 10th), Ron will be back at home, repeating the strong antibiotic routine for the next 6 weeks.

Ron and Diane need your thought and prayer support at this time of emergency.  Please give them your attention during Ron’s recovery.

We are rooting for you, Ron—we want to see you back in your beloved 1967 Beetle!

The Finishing Touches for Your Vintage Volkswagen™

Posted by Jay Salser

My wife, Neva, and I have been driving and working on VWs since 1976. In fact, we raised our family in these cars. Now, we are retired and enjoy VWs as a hobby. The ’67 Beetle always has been our favorite year. We own a '67 Beetle and a '68 Karmann Ghia.

  1. From Amanda, Milo, Olive and Myself, we are thinking about you Ron! Please let us know if there is anything we can do. The ’67 Beetle community is here always.


  2. Frank Connolly, Jr August 10, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    Ron: We are saying some prayers and the good Lord will make you well.
    Frank Connolly,Jr


  3. Thanks everyone. Your thoughts mean a lot to us.


  4. Ron, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Hang in there.
    Day at a time……………..day at a time. You can do this.


  5. Ron, I will be praying for you. I had bilateral knee surgery on 7/10. I seem to be doing really well from what my PA and PT states but it has been a long process as you know better than I. I pray for you and Diane each day to have a better day than the last and that the your recovery will be smooth and without complications.


  6. Thoughts and prayers to you. You will be back in the ’67 beetle in no time…


  7. Prayers once again, from Alabama, for you and your family!



  8. Hi Ron & Diane, my prayers are with you, I also need knee replacement and refuse to do it because complications !! I refuse to let a doctor that feels as though he is qualified to fix the problem. I have had two knee surgeries and need a new replacement not going to do it. So sorry for your failure and problems with the knee replacement. Infections are the number one problem with the replacements. Hopefully the antibiotics will resolve the issue. Good Luck get well quick.

    Frank Salvitti


    1. Thanks Frank, appreciate your thoughts. My original TKR was in 1999, so I just wore this one out. Everything that could go wrong did. It’s going to take a while, but it will get fixed. Best part of this experience is that I would have never met my wife if it wasn’t for the original surgery (1972). That was 47 years ago! But it is a true Volkswagen story about my 68 type 1, a girl and crutches.


  9. Ron this good luck, prayers and wishing you a quick and successful procedure. God Bless you sir. Get well soon my friend.



  10. Hoping for a speedy recovery.


  11. Richard (Dick) A Diaz August 10, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    Thinking of you Ron and a speedy recovery! Thinking of Diane and hoping she finds strength for both of you during your recovery!


  12. I want to thank everyone for their kind thoughts and prayers. It’s nice to know the support we provide – even if it is not about our 1967’s. The downside of this, since I an in a knee immobilizer for at least the next 7-8 weeks, makes driving impossible. I can’t even get in behind the wheel! Thanks again to all.


    1. Good morning, Ron! Here’s praying for a great day for you and Diane today! jay


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