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Ronald Lee Barrett
Ronnie’s life began on February 14, 1939 at home in Herington. He was the son of Daniel and Leah (Berg) Barrett. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lyons Creek. He was a 1958 graduate of Herington High School and attended Washburn University. Ronnie served his country in the United States Army Reserves for over 20 years. He had worked for Anderson/Oxandale quarry before becoming a police officer in the City of Herington, an agent for the Kansas Department of Revenue Alcoholic Beverage Control and in “retirement” a security officer for Aldersgate Security. Ronnie was a member of the American Legion and enjoyed fixing lawn mowers. He was an avid auction sale attendee and would often buy something because it was a good price then give it away. His dream was to outbid everyone at an auction someday. He had to read the morning newspaper daily and was devoted to his wife Patricia and family. Ronnie and Patricia enjoyed 60 years of marriage. They were wed on September 6, 1959 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lyons Creek. His loving family includes his wife Patricia Barrett of Auburn; children April (Mark) Millikan of Topeka, Matthew (Brandi) Barrett of Fairfield, CA, Faith ( Michael ) Martin of Topeka, Amber (Burt) Wickersham of Lawrence, Aaron (Leonita) Barrett of Vallejo, CA and Rachel (Buzz Kitzhaber) Gray of Topeka; grandchildren Terah (Christopher) Baldridge, Kayleigh (Kyle) Biggs, Hayden (Adriana) Barrett, James (Olivia) Edwards, Brandy (Nick) Jensen, Shaun Martin, Andrew (Dani) Edwards, Kaity (Keegan) Cole, Alexander Wickersham, Josh Gray, Jordan Gray, and Jaden Gray; great grandchildren Kaelyn, Jayce, Libby, Laine, Isabella, James, Aiden, Ian and Cheyenne; and his brother James Barrett of Mexico. Ronnie went home to meet his Savior on May 27, 2020 from the University of Kansas- St. Francis Hospital in Topeka. He is preceded in death by his parents, son Daniel David Barrett, and brothers Walter, Lloyd, LaVern and Bobby Barrett. His family will gather with friends on Tuesday from 1-2 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in rural Herington where his funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, Herington is serving the family. Memorial contributions in his name may be directed to the Topeka Rescue Mission in care of the funeral home. Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of Ronnie at www.ymzfh.com.
My condolences to Ron's family. He and my dad were close friends, and his name was always a regular one in conversation. God bless you all.
Chantal DeYoe Jul 1 2020 12:00 AM
Ron and Pat were such an integral part of raising my children. What an inspiration and great friends.
Jan Zander Droge Jun 2 2020 12:00 AM
I knew Ron from the Kansas Alcoholic Beverage Control. When I interned with the agency, I rode with Ron on most days and I don't know if I have ever met a more likable person in my life. Later, when I hired on with ABC, I worked with Ron often before his retirement and always looked forward to those assignments. Ron always had a way of putting those he dealt with at ease and treated everybody he came in contact with respect. When I think of Ron, I will always have a smile on my face thinking of all the fun times and his quick wit. Ron was a good, decent, man and will be hard to replace. Take comfort in knowing that Ron is with God and is at peace.
Jim Fay Jun 1 2020 12:00 AM
Diana, I remember babysitting for you and remember when dad told me he worked with you. You lived on 21st street. If I remember right, your last name was Toy.
Thank you for your kind words
April Shideler Jun 1 2020 12:00 AM
Dear April and Family, may he rest in peace...Mike & Rosemary Hadl...
MIKE HADL Jun 1 2020 12:00 AM
I only met your dad once, at the Halloween party the kids and I went to. But Ive known Rach my whole life just about, and sisters recently more than just on the bus back then. I just watched this absolutely beautiful tribute to your father and who he was and I honestly cried about the whole way through. I wish I could attend and be there. I see the absolute love and more through this video. May peace be with you all.
Robyn Palmer Jun 1 2020 12:00 AM
To the family of Ronald Barrett. I met him at Faith Lutheran Church, Topeka, KS along with his family. I also would spend a few Sundays with them when I would go with Elex Carter & Family. Thoughts and prayers are with all of the family in your time of sorrow, from Pam (Calderwood) & Bernie Lister
Pam May 31 2020 12:00 AM
Pat and family, I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of Ron. Prayers for peace, comfort, and strength during this time. I miss seeing your whole family.
Kathy Reb May 31 2020 12:00 AM
To Pat, kids and Grandkids:
I had the Pleasure of working with Ronnie as a Agent for ABC.
I never had shot and kind of weapons and Ronnie was our Range Master.
Ronnie was very Knowledgeable about lots of weapons and he taught me how to Shoot. I nickname Ronnie Hair Bear.
Ronnie would always tell me stories and at the end would say if it ain't True it out to be.
I will miss that funny witty Man.
My prayers are with you all. And God took Home a Great Man. Till we met again my friend, Fly High and RIP.
Libby Smith May 31 2020 12:00 AM
Our monthly "Old-guys" lunch has been quiet since Ron was unable to attend. He always made us laugh..
He has been missed, and now will be for as long as we old guys are able to meet. Our condolences to Pat and family. Ed Jenkiins
Ed Jenkins May 31 2020 12:00 AM