Ronald Edmund Hill was born April 29, 1933 in Wellington, Kansas, son of Roy and Wilma (Collumber) Hill. He was raised on a farm near Mayfield and graduated from Wellington High School in 1951.
After graduating, Ron received a job opportunity at Safeway Grocery Store in Anthony, Kansas. It was during his first year at the grocery store that he met and began courting Lewanna Fox, who worked at Campbell Variety Store, next door to the grocery store. They had their first date on Valentine's Day in 1952, and Ron proposed to Lewanna on Valentine's Day in 1953. He had found his million dollar baby in a 5 & 10 cent store! Ron and Lewanna were married on May 9, 1954. They were blessed with three daughters and one son.
Ron became a manager for Safeway Grocery and with this new title the family moved around to many places for short periods of time so Ron could manage where needed. In 1965, he and Lewanna purchased the Smith Grocery Store, renaming it Ron's Foodliner. They owned and operated the store until 1976. In 1967, Ron began a new career with the United States Post Office as a mail carrier. In the 1970's, he also started a side business with his well known red van. For 40 years, Ron displayed birthdays, anniversaries, congratulations and various other announcements on the side of his red van, which could always be read when driving down Main Street. He retired from the Post Office in 1992.
Ron was a well known and respected citizen of Anthony. He was active in the Kiwanis Club, which he joined in 1966, Key Club, Community Choir, and served on the Airport Board and Library Board, to name a few. He loved photography and was always capturing memories for everyone to treasure for years to come. Ron's greatest joy in life was his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a very supportive grandpa and loved attending all their activities and functions.
Ron and Lewanna celebrated 65 years of marriage this past May. During those 65 years nothing but love and respect was shown for one another, as they truly cherished their sacred bond of marriage. They knew they had been truly blessed with one another and their family.
On June 24, 2019, Ron passed away at Harry Hynes Hospice in Wichita, Kansas at the age of 86 years. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Edmund; and brother, Richard Hill.
Ron will be deeply missed by his wife, Lewanna; his daughters, Diana Hill and Tammy Norman and companion, Lonnie Crites; brother, Gerald Hill and wife, Anna; daughter-in-law, Susan Hill; 6 grandchildren: Heather Brannon, Shana Appelhanz, Melissa Barnett, Kyle Hill, Amy Giersch and Ashley Giersch; 8 great-grandchildren: Michaela Brannon, Blane and Bryce Appelhanz, Destiny and Travis Barnett, Thomas and Harrison Hill, and Noah Deere; and 1 great-great granddaughter, Zaylee Deere; and a host of other relatives and many friends.
Ron was a wonderful and loving grandpa to his grandchildren and to many other kids in the community, especially, Spencer, Ali and Kori Harbin.
Memorial service was held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 29, 2019 at Prairie Rose Funeral Home in Anthony with Pastor Warren Stanton officiating. Musical selections "How Great Thou Art" and "The Old Rugged Cross" were played.
A private inurnment was held at Spring Grove Cemetery. Honorary urn bearers were Kelly Barnett, Travis Barnett, Kyle Hill, Rod Goertz, Mark Harbin and Spencer Harbin.
Memorials in memory of Ron may be made to Harry Hynes Hospice or Anthony Kiwanis Club and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Prairie Rose Funeral Homes, 602 E. Main St., Anthony, KS 67003, was in charge of arrangements. www.prairierosefuneralhomes.com