Ronald W. Heape

Ron W Heape, 71, passed away Monday, November 4, 2019 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He was born October 27, 1948 in Pratt, Kansas at Ninnescah Hospital. He is the son of Vernon and Betty Heape. He is survived by his mother Betty Heape, Pratt; his wife Rose Mulally-Heape, Lawrence; son Ryan Heape (Melissa) and granddaughter Margaux Heape, Owasso Oklahoma; daughters Jennifer Heape, Medford Oregon; and Allison Heape, Austin Texas. Ron was preceded in death by his father Vernon Heape and maternal grandmother Madeline (Mimi) Simmons.

He was a loving father, husband, son and friend. He was a Kansas University School of Law graduate and a member of the KU Endicott Society. As a teen he was the drummer with the band Captain Crunch and the Quakers. He facilitated singer song writers for years on his KJHK radio show, The Lawn Chair Review. He was a frequenter of the Lawrence Public Library and the La Prima Tazza. He volunteered at the Spencer Art Gallery. He was a volunteer at the Ecumenical Campus Ministries for the last three years making close friends with Meredith, Amy, Claudia, and Kim. His friends and family will miss him dearly.

The family asks that flowers be withheld and that instead donations be given directly to the Lawrence Humane Society or ECM in Ron’s loving memory. Ron is survived by his beloved three cats who will be in need of a home together.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Ecumenical Campus Ministries (ECM) on KU campus at 3pm on Saturday November 9th. We ask that you bring your thoughts, prayers and fondest memories of Ron. Memorial services held in Pratt as well with a date to be determined.

Messages & Condolences

From Carol Mott...

Dearest Betty I am so sorry to hear of your son’s passing.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

From Sharilyn Wells...

Blessings to his wife and children.

From Jonne Avery Long...

To Rose, I am sorry to learn of Ron’s passing, and will be thinking of you as you adjust to life without his presence.

From Deanell Tacha...

The Tacha family sends our love and caring concern. Allison was like part of our family for several years as she and Leah were growing up. We are thinking about all of you.

From Sharon Dwyer...

Ron had a quiet sweetness about him that I have valued. He was a fine supporter of local music. Love to Rose and the girls.

From Teresa Sillin Reed...

So sorry to hear the news of Ron’s passing. He was a wonderful person, and a great classmate. He will be missed.

From Roger Holden...

I am very grateful for Ron’s radio airplay support of local musicians including myself. His kind heart was evident every time that I would see him out and about.

From Erin Kate Curtis-Dierks...

Ron was a wonderful person. We loved running into him around town, and he always had a sweet hello for us. I will always remember when he gifted us a poster from the Royals 2015 World Series win because he knew that we had attended the parade with our kids. I framed it and have it hanging in our home. He will be dearly missed. LFK lost such a lovely soul.

From Robert Tatro...

Ron and I grew up in Pratt and played Little League ball together On the Drive-In team. We won third place that year. We also went to high school together as classmates. I will always have great memories about him and will miss him at our Pratt High School reunions.

From Diana Hurst Steppe...

Ron will truly be missed. So glad to have been a friend and a classmate. Prayers to all his family. You will not be forgotten.

From Sherry Peterson...

So sorry to hear about Ron’s passing. He was a classmate and friend in Pratt, Kansas. Prayers for his family and other friends. He was truly one of the nicest people I know! RIP Ron

From John Bode...

Ron, I’ll sure miss seeing you around town and at shows and our chats about music. Thanks for having me on your show, for coming to see us perform, for promoting local music, and for being a good friend. You will be missed.

From Mick Palmer...

Ron and I shared an appreciation for live music over many years. Always had good conversations every time we ran into each other. RIP Ron.

From Larry Hurst...

Ron was one of my favorite teacher. And I did several plays under his direction.

From Andy Dierks...

So sorry to hear this. I always enjoyed bumping into Ron and I’m very thankful that he had a chance to meet my youngest son a couple months ago. My heart goes out to his family and close friends.

From Nate Hofer...

A musical mentor to me.

From Kelley Elder...

Ron was a good friend and a very good teacher. We worked on many theatre projects together while I was his student many years ago in Pratt. He loved theatre and he loved sharing it with others.

From Rodney Smith...

Ron is and was a good friend. Rodney

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