Funeral services for Ronnie “Ron” Lee Westerhold will be held Friday, September 15, 2023 at Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs, MO. His family will receive family and friends from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. A celebration of Ron’s life will begin at 1:30 p.m. A committal service with full military honors will be held 3:00 p.m. at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, MO. Memories of Ron and words of comfort for his family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com
Ronnie “Ron” Lee Westerhold, 73, went to meet the Lord on Monday, September 4, 2023. He was born December 21, 1949 in Odessa MO to Lloyd and Mary Jane (Barker) Westerhold.
Ron grew up in Odessa MO. After High School, he joined the Army and married his High School sweetheart. He was stationed in Washington and trained as a medic but at the last minute he was kept on base as a Medical Records Clerk. After the service, he worked at various jobs and divorced. He married Patricia Goodrich in 1974 and had a daughter. After several years they divorced and he met and married Sally Crowson in 1983, and they had a son.
Ron attended Wentworth Academy and graduated with a mechanical engineering degree. He worked for a Sign company and an architectural company as a mechanical engineer. When they closed down, Ron went to work for Dave Jensen working on and building race cars. Ron would do lettering on the side. He eventually left there and opened his own Lettering and Graphics company and was very successful. Ron eventually closed up his shop and moved the business to his home and was still working jobs up until his passing.
Ron had an avid love of racing and either owned or worked on race cars at local tracks throughout his adult life. He raced until his son, Kyle at the age of 15 was ready to race himself and put Kyle in a race car. They raced for several years, which was a wonderful family bonding time. When Kyle had children and wanted to spend more time with them, they hung it up and sold the race car.
Ron was also very active in the Blue Springs Elks Lodge #2509, rising up through the ranks until he became the Exalted Ruler. He was active with several committees and loved working on their annual Car Show. Ron really enjoyed golfing, especially after selling the race car. He golfed with son Kyle frequently, as well as with several Elks members. Ron would go on golf trips to Phoenix with several of them yearly and really enjoyed that.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Cecil Westerhold; and niece Robin Davenport. Survivors include his wife, Sally, of the home; daughter, Kristen (James) Drew; son Kyle (Victoria) Westerhold; 8 grandchildren; sisters, Barbara (Michael) Bitnoff and Kathy (Ron) Hontz; several nieces and nephews and his beloved Elks family.