Ron Metheny was born in Chickasha, Okla. on April 19, 1940 to Luther Haywood Metheny and Della Lena (Ivie) Metheny and raised in Anadarko, Okla. He was the youngest of seven children.
Ron began working at age 7 at a grocery store in Anadarko. At age 14, he joined the Oklahoma National Guard as a way to supplement the family income. Ron graduated from Anadarko High School in 1959 and shortly thereafter, moved to Edmond, Okla. to attend Central State University. While at CSU he was a member of the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity. For over 40 years, he owned and operated a small shoe repair business in Edmond. For a time in the late 1960s, he toured as a professional bowler.
Ron would say that his wedding day to Jean in December of 1971 was the happiest day of his life. He would also say that the other happiest days of his life were the days when his four children were born and the day he gave his life to Christ in baptism. Ron and Jean and their children attended the Edmond Church of Christ. Ron loved the ministry for the deaf at the Edmond Church, having grown up with deaf parents and being a fluent signer. He also held morning prayer meetings and Bible studies at his shoe shop. It was important to Ron that everyone who came into his shop left with a smile. His personal ministry was to try to brighten everyone's day. It was rare for a customer to leave his shoe shop without being told that he loved them, that Jesus loved them, or to "Drag Those Heels."
Ron was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic renal cell carcinoma in 2005. He passed away from complications of that disease. He fought his battle with cancer with great courage and with a determination to use his situation to help other people. He participated in any drug study that was available to him as a way to help find a cure for others if not for himself. He was loved by all of the clinic and hospital staff who came in contact with him because he made them smile and laugh. They called him "Ornery" and "Trouble" and they looked forward to seeing him and taking care of him.
Ron is predeceased by his father and mother, siblings Emory, Verna, Madeline and Imogene.
Ron is survived by his wife Jean, his son Ron and grandchildren Kylee and Robert, his daughters Elizabeth and Kathryn, his son Beau and daughter-in-law Rachelle and grandson Mason; his brother and sister-in-law Delbert and Norma Metheny of Ballwin, Mo.; brother and sister-in-law Albert and Lula Metheny of Payette, Idaho; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Ron proudly served his state and country as a member of the Oklahoma Army National Guard, 45th Infantry Division and Corps of Engineers for 35 years and 10 months, retiring as a Lt. Colonel in 1990. He raised and showed several breeds of chickens and also became an avid apiarist in later life. Ron is remembered as a Christian, a soldier, a craftsman, a perfectionist, a collector of all things, an animal lover, an ornery guy, a hard worker, a loving husband and father and PaPa, and most of all, a humble man. His family will remember his daily reminders to "be a part of the family," "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all," "be a hand," "make somebody's day," "hurry, don't miss the bus," and "I love you too much in the whole wide world forever and ever, Amen."
The funeral will be 10 a.m. Monday February 20, 2017 at the Edmond Church of Christ. Graveside services will be held immediately following the funeral at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Oklahoma City, OK. Viewing will be from 12 - 8 p.m. on Sunday February 19, 2017 with the family greeting friends from 2-4 p.m. at Matthews Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to In Search of the Lord's Way at PO Box 371, Edmond, OK 73083.