In Memory

Ronald Russell

Ronald Russell

Ronald Ray Russell

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October 27th, 1952 - July 17th, 2013


Sunday, July 21st, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Charter Funerals,
10250 Shawnee Mission Parkway,
Shawnee Mission KS 66203


Ronald Ray “Big R” Russell, 60, of Shawnee, KS passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 17, 2013, surrounded by his family at his home. A Celebration of Life will be held for Ron at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, July 21 at Charter Funeral Home, 10250 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Merriam, KS.

Ron was born October 27, 1952 to Harold and Rosemary Russell. He is preceded in death by his mother Rosemary, his brother John Russell and his brother Don Russell. He is survived by his father and step-mother, Harold and Marilyn Russell of Isabella, Missouri, daughter Randi Russell Bullard (Sheldon) of Olathe, KS, sons Daniel and Andrew Russell of the home, the mother of his sons, Molly Russell, DeSoto, KS, two grandchildren, Katlyn Bullard and Quentin Russell Powell of Olathe, several nephews and cousins and countless friends.

Ron attended Shawnee Mission Northwest High School and was among the first graduating class of 1971. After attending trade school, he became a union carpenter, with Carpenters Local 168. He worked for Mid Continent Industrial Insulation, KCMO as a superintendent, specializing in the construction of refrigeration and cold storage facilities across the country, some of which include Mid Central Sysco, Associated Wholesale Grocers, Quik Trip and most Tyson Chicken and meat packing plants west of the Mississippi. After 33 years with Mid Continent, Ron retired in 2009.

Ron was an avid golfer, fisherman and hunter (more of a “watcher”). He loved to be on the go, riding his motorcycles with his ROMEO boys. He went on several motorcycle trips out west, loving the wind in his face and the sun on his back. He took many great fishing trips to Canada with family and friends. Ron’s great love for the outdoors took him down lots of back roads, winding trails and mountain passes looking for the perfect landscape, which he has certainly now found.

The family requests that any donations be made in his name to the American Cancer Society. The family also extends our very sincere thanks to his nurse Debbie of Kansas City Hospice.

Ron will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him…you know who you ALL are…he was a man of simple words, but BIG R would say “Peace, “get r done” and SCREW CANCER



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07/18/15 06:05 PM #1    

Phillip Fivgas

I just found this website and would like to give condolences to the family and friends of Ron. Ron played on our Intramural basketball team at SMNW. He was the 'Big R".

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