“D” Is For Dad; The Hardest Thing You’ll Ever Write

I thought I was a writer. Until today.

Today I wrote my father-in-law’s obituary. I would rather write a thousand books in Japanese, but it was an honor.

Goodnight Ronnie.

Ronald K. Hearn

Ronald Keith Hearn passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Leisure Homestead in St. John, Kansas, where he had recently made his home after a long illness.

He was a lifetime resident of Stafford Kansas.

“Ronnie” was born on July 14, 1945 in Stafford, Kansas to Howard and Esther (Hildebrand) Hearn. He attended Stafford Schools all his young life. His marriage to Donna Ruth Mitzner produced two sons, Brandon Keith and Brian Matthew.

Ronnie worked as a farmer and a seed salesman before becoming a janitor for Stafford Schools for many years. He shared a jovial spirit and was known for his smile and laughter. He suffered from health issues most of his adult life, but was still an avid fisherman, enjoyed his home town and expressed constant pride in his sons and grandchildren. He was also very close to his brother Merlyn, nephew Tyler and his wife and daughters, Carissa, Madilyn & Kynlee.

He is survived by his son, Electric Superintendent Brandon Hearn and wife Cherilyn of Neodesha, Kansas; his son, Master Sargeant Brian Hearn of Steelville, Missouri; grandchildren Makayla, Alexandra, Renae, Colton, Peyton, Jesse & Gunner and one great-granddaughter, Marley Raelynn. Also surviving are his former wife Donna Hearn of Stafford, Kansas; brother Merlyn Hearn and wife Diana of Stafford, Kansas; nephew Brent Hearn and wife Marsella and their daughter Melea of Stafford, Kansas; nephew Bradley Hearn; close friends Chuck & Lucille Richardson, Jim Smith, Ray Felton & Julie Blea and many more close friends and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Carolyn (Hearn) Reimer.

Graveside services will take place at the Stafford Cemetery, Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 1pm. A reception will follow at the Stafford Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Stafford Methodist Church

Dad was a God fearing man who was at peace, ready to join his Heavenly Father, to watch over his family forevermore.

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