SAVANNAH, Mo. - James Ronald "Ron" Young, 76, Savannah, passed away Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Ron was born on May 8, 1943, in King City, Missouri, to the late James and Vinnie Rose (Kelsey) Young.

He was a graduate of Union Star High School and attended Northwest Missouri State University.

Ron married Donna Fay Theis, on June 14, 1964, in Union Star, Missouri. Together they celebrated 55 years of marriage and raised their family.

Ron proudly served his country as a member of the Army National Guard.

Mr. Young retired from Wire Rope Incorporated, and had previously worked as the quality control manager for Peachtree Windows and Doors for 17 years, and Whitaker Cable Corporation.

Ron was a man of great faith and was an active member of the First Christian Church, in Savannah; where he served as Vice-Chairman of the church board, elder, evangelism committee and the sanctuary choir.

He was also a member of the Savannah Lions Club.

Ron was an avid sports fan, and athlete on both the high school and collegiate level and received all conference honors in football and basketball.

He enjoyed gardening, lawn care and fishing, but above all was spending time with his family.

He was a proud and regular attendee of his children, and grandchildren's sporting events and programs.

In addition to his parents, Ron was preceded in death by: a sister, Darlene Shipley; brother, J.D. Young; and infant brother, Jerry Lee.

Ron is survived by: his wife, Donna, of the home; three daughters: Jamie Baker (Bruce), Savannah, Julie Ammons (Rick), Blue Springs, Missouri, and Stephanie Young (Jeff Miller), Savannah; eight grandchildren: Christopher, Cory, Morgan and Aaron Baker, Macy McCampbell, Hope and John Ammons, and Payton Miller; great-granddaughter, Lucy Baker; four sisters: Carol Teter, Maysville, Missouri, Elizabeth Garcia (Randy), Blue Springs, Mary Ballard (Dr. Dewey), St. Peters, Missouri, and Nancy Deatherage (Gary), King City; brother-in-law, Dr. Charles Theis (Lena), Atchison, Kansas; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral service: 10 a.m. Wednesday, at the First Christian Church, in Savannah.

Interment: Bennett Lane Cemetery, with military honors.

Visitation: will be held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, at Heaton-Bowman-Smith Savannah Chapel, and the family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, at the First Christian Church in Savannah.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to: First Christian Church, in Savannah, or Mosaic Hospice. As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.