Ronald Lee McKeown, 20, automobile body rebuilder, assisted in an attempt to save William E. Callaway and others from drowning, Holden, Missouri, July 20, 1965. (See case of WILLIAM E. CALLAWAY.)
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Ronald Lee McKeown of Belton, Missouri was born May 5, 1945 in St. Louis, Missouri the son of DeForrest Leroy and Lorena Louisa (Brandt) McKeown. He departed this life on Sunday, December 13, 2020 at his home in Belton, Missouri surrounded by love and family at the age of 75 years, 7 months and 8 days.
On August 9, 1964 Ron was united in marriage to Cheryl Kay Walker in Holden, Missouri.
Ron was employed as an auto estimator for State Farm Insurance in Overland Park, Kansas until his retirement in 2005. He was a faithful member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Harrisonville, Missouri. He was the happiest when surrounded by his large family. He enjoyed restoring cars, woodworking and landscaping projects and just staying busy. Ron had lived in Peculiar, Missouri for 38 years before moving to Belton in 2016.
Besides his parents, Ron was preceded in death by his brother, Buck McKeown and a sister, Marilyn Wilson.
Ron is survived by his wife, Cheryl McKeown of the home; a son, Ron McKeown Jr. (Jerry Jackson), Overland Park, Kansas; three daughters, Kathy Barnes (Chris), Harrisonville, Missouri, Brenda Mackender (Jamie), Peculiar, Missouri, Crissy Bohannon (Shannon), Adrian, Missouri; 9 grandchildren, Samantha, Steve, Emily, Brooks, Tyler, Carter, Sarah Beth, Tanner and Katie; 9 great-grandchildren, Titus, Rory, Tatum, Audrey, Hallie, Rena, Emma, Parker and Trace; a brother, Rick McKeown, Kearney, Missouri; a sister, Patty Raker, Holden, Missouri; other relatives and a host of friends.
(Edited from dickeyfh.com)