Ron Melton Ivey

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Ron Melton Ivey

March 21, 1951 - February 27, 2019

Ron Melton Ivey Ronald "Ron" Melton Ivey, 67 years old, of Edmond, Okla., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019.
Ron was born in Enid, Okla., on March 21, 1951, to Cecil and Betty Ivey. A middle child, Ron's older brother was Charles Ivey (deceased) and his younger sister is Cecilia Ivey Runnels. Musical from a young age, he played the trumpet in the high school band and later became the drum major of the Enid High School marching band. During his time as the drum major, he met and fell in love with the blue-eyed band queen, Susan Jane Fitzgerald. They became high school sweethearts and continued to date into college when both attended the University of Oklahoma. After OU, Ron traveled to Hawaii, learned to surf and lived there for a short time. Luckily, Susan was able to convince him to come back to Oklahoma. In 1974, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Enid, Okla., these two sweethearts married and honeymooned in Big Meadows National Park near South Fork, Colo. They had two sons, Ronald "Ron Jr." born in 1978 and James "Jimmy" Ivey born in 1981.
Learning from his maternal grandfather John Laforge, Ron discovered his gifts of craftsmanship and woodworking. He worked as a trim carpenter building homes first in Enid and then later when he and Susan moved to Edmond in 1980. In 1986, Ron decided to shift careers and become a real estate agent. He loved serving clients and enjoyed working with his colleagues at Remax, Keller Williams and Churchill Brown. A few of these co-workers became fishing and hunting buddies and close friends. Later, he had the joy of working with his wife Susan as she transitioned from a forty-year career as a public school teacher to partner with him in his real estate business. In 2006, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Edmond Board of Realtors for helping many Edmond families find their dream homes.
Ron was an avid fly-fisherman, hunter and outdoorsman. He shared these passions with his two sons on many trips to South Fork, Colo., where they often vacationed. He loved training bird dogs and walking the landscapes of Oklahoma on bird-hunting trips with his sons and friends. Given his lifelong connection to homebuilding and real estate, he enjoyed serving on the Edmond Board of Realtors committee for Habitat for Humanity and helping the disadvantaged find their homes. Over the years, Ron was an active member of churches in both Enid and Edmond and spent his final years as a member of Henderson Hills Baptist Church (HHBC). He loved attending HHBC community groups with Susan and participating in the men's bible studies. Susan and the family are deeply indebted to HHBC staff and their community groups for caring for Ron and his family during his illness. Ron will be remembered as a man that loved God, his family, his friends and his local community.
Ron is survived by his wife, Susan Ivey of Edmond, Okla.; his son, Ron Jr. and wife, Kathryn Ivey of Paris, France; and his son, Jimmy, wife, Megan Ivey, and his granddaughter, Penelope of Edmond, Okla. He is also survived by his sister, Cecilia and her husband, Robert Runnels of Enid, Okla.
He is predeceased by his father, Cecil Ivey (2000) and his mother, Betty (2010), both of Enid, Okla., and his brother, Charles Ivey (2009) of Kansas, City, Mo.
The memorial service will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at Henderson Hills Baptist Church in Edmond, Okla., officiated by Pastor Rob Hunt. A reception will be hosted by Crawford Family Funeral Service from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, March 4. Crawford Funeral Service will manage all arrangements. For more information please call 405-340-2333.
If you would like to make a donation in Ron's name, please donate to Ministries of Jesus at Henderson Hills Baptist Church, 1200 East I-35 Frontage Rd., Edmond, OK 73034.
"May your heart be speechless
At the sight of the truth
Of all your belief had hoped,
Your heart breathless
In the light and lightness
Where each and every thing
Is at last its true self
Within that serene belonging
That dwells beside us
On the other side
Of what we see."
John O'Donohue
Published on March 4, 2019
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