ASHLAND — Ronnie Harmon, recently retired from Harold G. Butzer Inc. in Jefferson City after 36 years of employment, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010. He was 62.
“He was a wonderful man, great husband, wonderful father and superb grandpa,” his daughter, Tracye Rae Harmon, said. “He would do anything for his granddaughters. He built them a swing set. He also built them an igloo in the winter.”
Mr. Harmon was a selfless man who always had time for a friend in need. “He was very loving, caring and compassionate,” Tracye Rae Harmon said. “You would never hear him say an unkind word about any other man.”
He was an avid outdoorsman and was often in the yard rather than in his house.
“He was a very hard worker. He built his own home, and he helped build his son’s home,” Tracye Rae Harmon said.
Mr. Harmon was born Sept. 22, 1948, at Boone Hospital to Lesselby Lewis “Bud” Harmon and Nelda Ellen Nichols Harmon. He was lifetime resident of Ashland.
Mr. Harmon joined the Sheet Metal Workers Local #36 after graduating from Ashland High School in 1966. He was a member there for 44 years. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in June 1967 and served until June 1969.
Mr. Harmon was married to Linda Sue Russell.
Mr. Harmon is survived by his wife; his daughter, Tracye Rae Harmon, of Columbia; one son, Kristopher Gale Harmon; his mother, Nelda Nichols Harmon, of Ashland; three brothers, Jimmy Harmon of Conway, Ark., and Lawrence and Curtis Harmon of Ashland; one sister, Susan Aitkens; two granddaughters, Bayle Nicole and Tate McKinley Harmon; and numerous nieces and nephews.
His father died earlier.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Robinson Funeral Home, 601 N. Henry Clay Blvd. in Ashland. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be sent to the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research at P.O. Box 16 Ashland, MO 65010, in the care of the family.