Ronald Emery Jennings, 62, of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, passed away Wednesday, January 11, 2012, at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born in Jamestown, Pennsylvania, on March 15, 1949, the son of Emery and Byrel (Hamner) Jennings. In March, 1991, he was united in marriage to Betty Joe “BJ” Rader and to this union two sons were born.
Ron is survived by one son, Ronald E. Jennings of Siloam Springs, Arkansas; a daughter, Crystal Ralyea and her children, Taylor Simms and Caitlynn Ralyea, all of Plant City, Florida; his fiancée, Cindy McGrath of Siloam Springs, Arkansas; his cousin, Bobby Boylen of Brooksville, Florida; his extended special pals, Precious and Tanker; his adopted family, Barbara Moore of Cassville, Missouri, Shannon Farr and husband Dennis of Lampe, Missouri, Libby Jo Hamilton and Myrna and Everett Hamilton of Shell Knob, Jeremy McGrath of Wichita, Kansas, and Joshua McGrath of Siloam Springs, Arkansas; three adopted grandchildren, Katie, Christa “Gabby” and Little Jeremy McGrath of Wichita, Kansas; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by one son, John Jennings; his mother; his father; and his stepmother, Irene Jennings.
At the age of five he and his family moved from Pennsylvania to Florida to make their home. He latered returned to Pennsylvania, then Arkansas, Alabama, Texas, Missouri and Kansas and back to Arkansas to settle down. Ron worked for several trucking companies, the last being National Carriers and completed 42 years of over-the-road truck driving. He had worked 12 years in law enforcement as a sheriff’s officer in Barton County and a police officer in Cassville, Wheat, Pierce City, Cabool and Houston. In Willow Springs, Missouri, he was a reserve officer and dispatcher and in Tampa, Florida, he was as a lieutenant/supervisor for a security company.
He served his country in the United States Army for over eight years, serving during the Vietnam War. He received the Vietnam Service Medal, Campaign Medal, three Oversea Bars, Good Conduct Medal and Sharpshooter Medal (M-16) (M-60).
Memorial services with full military honors and last call by law enforcement will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, January 27, 2012, in Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville, Missouri.
Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society (Lung Cancer Research) in memory of Ron.