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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Obituary - Ronald Raymond Souza

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FUNERAL MASS for Ron will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Montrose, Missouri.

OFFICIATING at the Funeral Mass will be Father Jason Koch.

VISITATION will be held from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 19, 2021 at Hill and Son Funeral Home in Appleton City, Missouri.

A MILITARY GRAVESIDE SERVICE will be presented by the Appleton City VFW Post 11242

INTERMENT will be in White Oak Cemetery, Urich, Missouri.

Ron requested that anyone wishing to give a MEMORIAL donation give to: Fire Department c/o Bryan Wade, for rural fire needs or to White Oak Cemetery.

Ronald Raymond Souza, son of Raymond and Olive (Gonsalves) Souza, was born January 27, 1942 in New Bedford, MA. He passed away February 13, 2021 in Appleton City, MO.

Ron graduated from Dartmouth High School in Dartmouth, MA. Prior to his graduation, he studied music since the third grade and learned to play the clarinet. Ron took his music seriously and played in a school band, a concert band, and during the summer months he played in the Bay State marching band while continuing in his music lessons. On weekends, he played gigs for weddings, parties and later played in night clubs. At this time, he was also playing the tenor saxophone. After high school and a short time studying music, he was hired to travel in a professional Rock-N-Roll band.

Upon being “drafted” into the military, he served four years in the United States Air Force with the Air Police. He served during the Vietnam Era overseas and received an honorable discharge at McConnell AFB in Wichita, KS.

Prior to his discharge, Ron was united in marriage to Catherine Dianne Ranzau (Montoya). From this marriage, two girls and two boys were born. Lisa, Ron Jr., Rene and Darrin.

He then was accepted into the Wichita, KS Police Department. He took on various assignments such as Patrolman, Case Desk, Turnkey, Traffic Investigator, Cycle Officer, Juvenile detective (which Ron chose to attend a full semester at U.S.C., the Juvenile Delinquency Control Institute), Narcotic Detective, Burglary Detective and finally served his last four years in the Training Academy before taking his retirement as a Master Police Officer II. Ron proudly served the department for 21 years.

Ron then applied for the position as an Administrative Assistant in the 18th Judicial District Court in Wichita, KS. He was hired and worked for Judge Montie R. Deer for the next ten years.

During this period of time, Ron met Christine L. Miller on Dec. 1, 1989. They dated approximately 18 months before Ron had the courage to propose to her. On March 27, 1992 they were married in Wichita, KS. To this union, 2 children were added, a girl, Stacy, and a boy, Ira became part of the family. Ron and Chris had been married for 29 years.

On August 1, 1997, Ron and Chris moved to Appleton City, MO. They wanted to be closer to the family and their needs. Chris thus turned Ron from a city boy into a country boy and he liked being called “Ronny Ray”. Ron worked ten years at Clinton Abstract and Title in Clinton, MO. He and Chris enjoyed their moments together fishing from their 2-man boat mostly at Appleton City lake.

Ron is preceded in death by his son, Ronald R. Souza Jr., Mother, Olive G. Souza and Father, Raymond Souza

He is survived by his wife, Christine L. (Miller) Souza of the home, Daughters, Lisa D. Montoya, Darling (Tony), Rene G. Divine (Leo), Son, Darrin A. Souza, Stacy Edmundson (Joe) and Ira Hutchinson Jr. (Takako), Eleven grandchildren, six great grandchildren and a brother, Raymond Souza; along with many extended family and dear friends.