Mr. Ronald Dean "Ron" Ernest, 65, Goodman, departed this life on Saturday morning, Jan. 19, 2013, at Freeman Hospital West in Joplin, after a long illness.
Ron entered this life on Dec. 21, 1947, in Coffeyville, Kan., to the late Rex Harold and Bonnie (Trimble) Ernest. He was raised in Caney, Kan. and was a 1965 graduate of Caney Valley High School.
On May 7, 1966, in Independence, Kan.,he was united in marriage to Mary Katherine Bagwell and to this union two daughters and one son were born.
In 1971, he moved his family to Neosho. He began his employment with La-Z-Boy in 1973, eventually retiring in 2002. He then worked for America's Car-Mart in Joplin, as service manager. Ron led a very active life. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, painting, fur trading and woodworking. He was a welder, machinist, tool and die maker, former rodeo bronc rider, stock car racer and bass guitar player for the Ozark Country Playboys. As busy as he was, he always made time for his family, especially his beloved grandchildren. He was a member of the Risen Ranch Cowboy Church in Neosho, and the Missouri Fur Company Muzzleloading Rifle Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Phillip Ernest; a brother, Tom Ernest; and one sister, Shirley Todd.
Ron is survived by his wife of 46 years, Mary Ernest of the home; two daughters, Christina Boman and husband, Rodney, Goodman, and Laurie Campbell and husband, Brent, Neosho; four grandchildren, Jodi Carey, Deanna Sherman, A.J. Campbell and Tyler Boman; one great-granddaughter, Kaydence Carey; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Harold and Ann Bagwell, Cushing, Okla.; a sister, Joann Daniel, Goodman; three brothers, Bill Ernest, Caney, Lester Ernest, Goodman, and Dennis Ernest also of Caney; several nieces and nephews; as well as a host of other family and friends.
Funeral services for Mr. Ernest are 6 p.m. Wednesday, in the Anderson Chapel of the Ozark Funeral Homes with Pastor Ron Bridges officiating and Don Jessen delivering the eulogy. The family will receive friends on Wednesday at 4 p.m. until the time of service in the funeral home chapel. Burial will take place in the Howard Cemetery in Goodman.
Donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House of Joplin. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the website www.ozarkfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of the Ozark Funeral Home, Anderson.