Ronald Ray Avey

Ronald R. Avey, age 74, left the loving care of his family to peacefully begin his journey home to be with the Lord on Monday, February 1, 2016 while working on the acreage he loved, outside Lawrence, Kansas.

Ron was born July 1, 1941 in Adair, IA the son of Carl Avey and Elsie (Elsberry) Pollock. He was the youngest of 4 siblings.

He graduated Atlantic High School in 1959. He furthered his education at The University of Nebraska-Kearney. Throughout his career he worked in Atlantic, IA, Council Bluffs, IA, and Holdrege, NE, which led him to working as a consultant in repackaging pharmaceuticals in California and Nebraska. He was a brilliant resource for information and leadership advice. Ron loved his employees and enjoyed encouraging and leading them every day.

He was a member of Trinity Family of Faith Lutheran Church in Basehor, KS and Mt Calvary Lutheran Church in Holdrege, NE. He loved many through the fellowship of our Lord. He enjoyed keeping busy with his acreage and handyman duties, including fixing refurbished furniture with his wife, Connie.

He loved to make people laugh with his wit and humor and served as a remarkable example for his family as a devoted husband and loving father.

He married Connie (Paulsen) Avey on September 3, 1972. They enjoyed 43 years of blissful marriage.

Survivors include his wife, Connie, three children, Jay and Mandy of Belton, MO, Marissa Ayotte and Chris of Lincoln, NE, and Nicholas and fiancé Stephanie of Lawrence, KS; 7 grandchildren, Haley, Austin, TJ, Anisten, Mike, Zach, and Justin; one brother, Maynard Avey. He leaves behind to cherish his memory many other relatives and friends who loved him dearly. He is preceded in death by his parents and two of his siblings, Gerald Avey and Betty Turk.

His funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 6 at Trinity Family of Faith Lutheran Church, 16928 Evans Road, Basehor, KS. Open visitation will be at 10:00 AM followed by the service at 11:00 AM. Interment will be held at a later time at Anita Evergreen Cemetery in Anita, IA.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions made to the Trinity Family of Faith Lutheran Church in Basehor, Kansas, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.