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Ives, Ronald D.

Ives, Ronald D.

November 13, 1938 — December 7, 2022

Ronald Dale Ives, 84, died on December 7, 2022, after a fall. He will be remembered for his love of sports and his positive influence on the many students and athletes that he worked with during his education career. He was known for smoking his pipe and for his love of the NWMSU Bearcats.

Ron was born to Mabel Chrystel (Nielsen) and Roger Dale Ives on November 13, 1938 on the family farm in Rolfe, Iowa. He was the first of three children and was given the honor of naming his sister, Becki, and brother, Jeff. Ron graduated from Des Moines Township School and went to Buena Vista College on a basketball scholarship. After a year, he transferred to Northwest Missouri State College where he left the hardwood and joined the football team.  He was named to the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association all-conference team.

Ron met Judith Kay Hoffelmeyer in college, and they married soon after his graduation. He began his teaching and coaching career at Polo High School before moving to Liberty (Mo.) High School where he remained for the rest of his career.  He taught physical education and driver’s education while coaching football and track & field. Early in his career he received a Master’s of Education at Central Missouri State University.  After several years coaching, Ron was appointed Athletic Director of the Liberty school district and was proud to help the sports program grow, adding soccer and many girls’ sports as an enthusiastic supporter of Title IX. Upon his retirement, the Ron Ives Invitational Track & Field meet was established and is still held annually.

Ron met Karen Colwell after he left teaching.  They married in 2004 and embarked on a life together including travel and he was never happier than when he visited his grandkids. In his later years, he enjoyed golf and watching the Bearcats, Chiefs, Royals, and any sports team that had a competition.

Over the years, Ron received many cards, calls and invitations from those he coached, confirming the connection they had and the impact he had on them. He felt it was both a responsibility and an honor to help them mature and excel in their lives.

Ron is survived by his wife, Karen; his children, Angelia (Ives) Holleb (Tom) and son, Travis (Stephanie); stepdaughter, Dawn O’Neill (Dennis); grandchildren, Peyton Holleb, Grace Holleb, Lucas Ives, Nastasha King (Colin), Ciara O’Neill; three great-grandchildren; sister, Rebecca Kaiser (Kurt); and brother, Jeffery Ives (Becky). He is preceded in death by his first wife, Judy Ives, and parents.

Visitation will begin at 10:00 am, followed by a service celebrating Ron’s life at 11:00 am, on Saturday, December 17, at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 at State Route 291, Liberty, MO.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

Service Information

Visitation will begin at 10:00 am, followed by a service celebrating Ron’s life at 11:00 am, on Saturday, December 17, at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, I-35 at State Route 291, Liberty, MO.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

Ives, Ronald D.'s Guestbook

Cousin Ron was 7 years older than me and 4 years older than my brother Gary. I remember Ron as a skinny but excellent basketball player for Des Moines Township High School. I remember him teasing Gary that he (Ron) would not have the chance to beat him and teach him some lessons on the basketball court. RIP Cuz

David Ives

Coach Ives was my Driver's Ed teacher & a more patient man I've never met. He taught three girls during summer school 1968 & even when a mailbox was destroyed by a classmate, he remained calm, cool & collected. I'm sure the brake on his instructor's side needed replacing after our time with him. Remembering him fondly.

Marla (Pavelsek) Neece

Ron was living in the quad one when I was a freshman at NWMSU. Always enjoyed his leadership from an upper class man….his easy going personality.

Bill Brown

Even though our after college lives took us to different States, our memories and dedication to the N W MO BEARCATS remained steadfast. You were a great friend and even a better educator. May you rest in peace my dear friend.

Jerry Meznarich

Ron and I had many good years together. Coaching together and Ron was always putting the kids in the spot light for their accomplishment. What a great loss to our community.

George Hoover

Ron, I will always cherish our friendship and the memories. Rest In Peace my friend.

Gene Millentree

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