Ronald Duane “Ronnie” Atchison, son of the late Emerson Edmund and Bertha Belle (Shores) Atchison, was born on December 20, 1953 in Davenport, Iowa, and went home to be with his Lord and Savior on October 19, 2013 at his home in Norwood, Missouri, following an illness. He was 59 years, 9 months, and 29 days of age.
Ronnie lived in Davenport until the age of three, when his parents moved to a farm near Hartville, Missouri. He went to school at Hartville through the seventh grade. His family then moved to Norwood. Ronnie attended school at Norwood and graduated with the class of 1972. He then went to Blue Bonnet School of Cosmetology in Springfield, Missouri. After finishing cosmetology school, Ronnie started working as a cosmetologist in 1973. This served as his profession for over 40 years.
He was united in marriage to Janet Lea Vonallmen of Cabool, Missouri, on August 13, 1977, and they made their home in Norwood. Three children were born to this union. Ronnie was a devoted family man and was loved and respected as a husband, father, grandfather, and friend.
Ronnie was saved in the spring of 1963 at Peace Valley Church which was later renamed Victory Hill. He was a longtime member of Union Grove/Caudle Church where he was attending at the time of his passing. Ronnie loved Jesus more than anything and made that evident throughout his life. He had a great passion for lost souls. He attended and served as a counselor for Camp Joy for 19 years. Ronnie and his wife, Janet, were leaders in the church serving in numerous capacities, some of which included youth ministry, teaching Sunday school, leading the song services, Sunday school superintendent, and director of vacation Bible school.
He was also an intricate part of the Norwood community. He was involved in Farmer’s Day, Betterment Club, the housing committee, senior dinners, and even served as mayor for several years. Ronnie was also an active supporter of Norwood Schools. He participated in alumni banquets and band and sports booster clubs.
Ronnie loved life and enjoyed family vacations, fishing with the kids, playing games with family and friends, singing, and gospel concerts. He will be remembered for his kindness and dedication to his community and friends and his deep love for family and God.
He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Janet Atchison, of the home; two sons, Duane Atchison and wife Mary of Norwood and Roman Atchison and wife Jenifer of Elk Creek, Missouri; one daughter, LeAnn Rogers and husband Stacy of West Plains, Missouri; 12 grandchildren and another due very soon, Trinity, Leviticus, Christian, Charity, Carman, Sebastian, Woodroe, Montgomery, Rosabelle, Keegan, Rachel, and Kennah; two brothers, Eddie Atchison of Mtn. Grove, Missouri, and Johnny Atchison and wife Karolyn of Omaha, Arkansas; numerous other relatives and friends who will miss him very much.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. in Union Grove/Caudle Church of Norwood. Officiating were Rev. Johnny Atchison and Rev. Zach Williams. Music selections were “O, How I Love Jesus,” “It Is Well With My Soul,” “Beulah Land,” “Wish You Were Here,” “Celebrate Me Home,” and “When I Get Where I’m Going.” Singers were Doug and Judy Chadwell, and Chad Sullivan. Serving as casket bearers were Paul Vander Bogart, Jack Chadwell, Charles Shelton, Curly Rawlings, Tony Dugger, and Glenn Adler. Honorary casket bearers were Gary Watts, Brent Halford, Marshall Yates, and Mike Fitzpatrick. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home.