Friday, April 29, 2022

Obituary - Ronnie Loren Legendre

Ronnie ("Ron") Loren Legendre, 79, of Clinton, MO, died peacefully on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at Clinton Health Care in Clinton, MO. Memorial services with military honors will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2022 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, MO with visitation from 10:00-11:00 a.m. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare Hospice Services, 725 E Ohio Street, Clinton, MO 64735 or to The Salvation Army - Kansas & Western MO Division, P.O. Box 414077, Kansas City, MO 64141.

Ron was born September 8, 1942, the son of the late John Blanchett Legendre and Mary Elizabeth Friesz of Kansas City, MO. In addition to his parents, Ron was preceded in death by siblings John William Legendre, Michael Jolliffe, Johnny Legendre, Dean Legendre, Sharon Miller, Linda Davis, Jimmy McCullough, and David Jolliffe, and his grandson Isaac Porter.

Ron graduated from Raymore-Peculiar High School in 1960 and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp. during the Vietnam War era. Following his time in the service, he worked as an Ironworker in downtown Kansas City and in construction and carpentry. He obtained his Associates Degree from the Metropolitan Community College. His amazing mathematical mind and hard work ethic brought him success in many ways. He was a Master Builder and Craftsman. He designed and created the blue prints for eight homes that he built. Ron was a recruiter for the Army National Guard and was a Machinery Maintenance Worker retiring from the U.S. Postal Service in 2005.

In 1963, Ron married his beloved wife, Beverly ("Bev") Sharon Carney in Peculiar, and they shared 58 wonderful years of marriage. Their relationship was a true testament of love and commitment. Together they raised three daughters in Raymore, Peculiar and Harrisonville, retiring to Warsaw and Clinton. Ron built the family home in Peculiar that still holds precious memories as Timber Lodge Farm.

Ron had tremendous faith and was known for his very moving and powerful words at Thanksgiving dinners and in general conversations about life. Ron was an amazing Dad to his girls and fiercely loved and protected them. They were the light of his life and he had a very special relationship with each of them.

Ron enjoyed scrimshawing, carpentry work, reading about and collecting guns, and watching his grandkids play sports. He was a life-long learner and enjoyed designing and working on many projects. He loved the outdoors and watching wildlife out their windows. He especially loved spending time with his wife and family.

He will be deeply missed by so many.

Ron is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Bev Legendre, of Clinton, MO; three daughters, Brenda (Gerard) Porter of Warsaw, MO, Becky (Don) Pflumm of Overland Park, KS, and Amy (John) Crowley of Harrisonville, MO; 13 grandchildren, Mikaela, Kassidy, Grady, Whitney, Allison, Camille, Jillian, Brielle, Ellaina, Keith, Karlie, Jackson and Carson, and 9 great-grandchildren, Eva, Walter, George, Rosalene, Waylon, Ophelia, Frederick, Evelyn and Avery. He is also survived by his, brother, Victor (Pat) Legendre, Raytown, MO; sisters, Elaine (Harold) Yungeberg, Shawnee, KS, Suzanne Hendrickson, Kansas City, MO, and Sharon Houchen, Kansas City, MO; siblings, Kenny Jolliffe, Kansas City and Belva (Dennis) Geising, Lee's Summit, as well as several nephews and nieces.

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