Ronald (Ron/Ronnie) J. Ferguson

January 1, 1941 – April 9, 2022

Ronald J. Ferguson, 81, of Kearney, Missouri, peacefully passed away to join his Lord and Savior and Heavenly Father on Saturday, April 9, 2022.

The middle child of five, Ron was born on January 1, 1941, in Dodge County Nebraska, to David W. and Laura L. (Olson) Ferguson.  In his early life he had numerous adventures on the family farm with his brothers and sisters (Charles, Izitta, Connie and Cindy) before moving to Fremont, Nebraska, where he graduated from high school.  There he met his sweetheart, Mary Lou, and they shared 60 loving and precious years together.

Ron served in the United States Air Force before beginning his career in aviation maintenance, ultimately retiring from Trans World Airlines into a life of service, where he found his true calling and greatest satisfaction.  He joyfully spent his time serving others, whether spent preparing donuts and coffee between church services, gleefully being the “trash man” at bible school, volunteering at the Kearney Food Pantry, assisting friends, neighbors, and strangers without pause, or managing volunteer teams for Habitat for Humanity, and so much more.

A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, he deeply loved Mary Lou, their two children Rhonda (Jeff) Schuldt and John, five grandchildren (Kyle, Skyler, Austin (Taylar), Morgan, and Ava), and three great grandchildren (Ryder, Hunter, and Colten).  He was beloved by everyone who knew him, and he will be eternally missed.

A celebration of Ron’s life will be held Saturday, May 7, 2022 at Kearney Community Covenant Church, 1820 S. Jefferson St., Kearney, MO 64060.  A visitation will be at 2:00 p.m., followed by a Memorial Service at 3:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Ron’s honor to the Kearney Food Pantry (, the Alzheimer’s Association-Heart of America Chapter (, or Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity (

Arrangements in care of Fry-Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, Kearney.

Our Sincere Condolences

Having been the frequent victim of my Grandpa’s finger-jammed-in butter trick at the dinner table, I’m well aware of his reputation as a prankster. A reputation only succeeded by his reputation for spreading joy through service to others. He was always eager to help anyone he could in any way he could. Not only was this a value that he enjoyed living but a lesson he wanted to teach others to emulate. As a kid, he encouraged me to do one random act of kindness for someone every day, no matter how small. Although we’ll all miss him dearly, his spirit lives on. Not only in Heaven but through the joy that he’s inspired us to spread.
– Kyle

From Ron’s Class of 1959
So sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. Our thoughts an Prayers are with you all at this difficult time. God Bless.

Mary Lou and Family
Fred and I would like to send our deepest condolences to you all. Please know we are thinking of you and praying for peace and comfort for all of you. God wrap loving arms around you and give you all the comfort you need.
In Jesus Name Amen
Paula Venhoff