Richard Ronnie Testerman, 75, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away Sunday, November 24, 2019.

Ronnie was born on August 6, 1944 in Joplin, Mo., the son of Wave Testerman. He was married to Barbara Elbert in Seneca, Mo. on October 1, 1966 and his two children were born from this marriage. Ronnie was united in marriage on September 1, 2019 in Jefferson City, Mo. to Debra Ousley Welschmeyer, after 22 years of being together.

He was a 1962 graduate of Seneca High School in Seneca, Mo. Ronnie was quite the athlete in high school and played football, basketball, baseball and ran track. Ronnie earned an associate’s degree in Environmental Health which he later used in his career at the Department of Natural Resources in Jefferson City, Mo. for over 30 years. In his younger years, Ronnie worked at the Eagle Picher in Joplin, Mo and worked for the City of Seneca as a water specialist.

He proudly served in the United States Navy and was stationed on the USS Henrico during the Vietnam War.

Survivors include: his wife and partner of 22 years, Debra Testerman; his children, Lori Miller (Mike Brown) of Westphalia, Mo. and Russell Testerman (Lindsey) of Culver City, California; his step-children, Christopher Welschmeyer (Rebecca) and Robyn Brand (Jamey) both of Jefferson City, Mo.; his sisters, Nella Young of Corpus Cristi, Texas, and Phyllis Curtis of Seneca, Mo.; one grandson, Christopher Miller; one step-grandson, Trent Welschmeyer; a great-grandson, Alex Miller; and numerous nieces and nephews, including his nephew, Bobby Martin (Judy) of Seneca, Mo. that he thought of as brother.

He was preceded in death by his mother in 2003; his brother, Ernest Testerman in 2009; and a grandson, Michael Miller in 2011.

A visitation will be held at Freeman Mortuary in Jefferson City, Mo. from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 30, 2019 with his memorial service following at 2:00 p.m. Saturday. Military honors will follow his service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Ronnie Testerman Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 95, Jefferson City, Mo. 65102.

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