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Roark, Ronald Edward

Roark, Ronald Edward

January 20, 1931 — September 14, 2019

Ronald Edward Roark, 88, formerly of Kansas City, KS, Sunrise Beach, MO and Liberty, MO, passed away peacefully on September 14, 2019, with family at his side.

Ron was born January 20, 1931, in Eldon, MO. He moved at an early age to Kansas City, KS, where he graduated from Wyandotte High School. He attended Central Missouri State at Warrensburg and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Ron was united in marriage to Shirley Mahany on August 24, 1956.

Ron owned and operated Bartlett-Roark Vacuum Service and Repair located on Central Avenue in Kansas City, KS before he retired. He enjoyed most of his retirement years at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Preceding Ron in death are his parents, Jude Roark, Clara (Miller) Bartlett and Harold Bartlett; a sister, Phyllis Hermon; and by the love of his life, his wife of 45 years, Shirley Roark.

Survivors include his children, Corby Downer (Darel), Clay Roark (Dea) and Patrick Roark (Dawn); grandchildren, Anna Evans (Chris), Brian Downer, Brooke Woodward (Brett), Anna Madsen and Drew Friesen; great grandchildren, Mindzie, Scarlett, Raef, and a fourth due in March, 2020; sister, Etta Farney; sister-in-law, Alice Mahany; nieces, Liz Barker, Robin Van Daveer and Amber Rogers; nephew, John Williams (Lisa); and his beloved Yorkie, Sam.

Visitation will be held from 9:30-11 am Saturday, September 21, at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, Liberty. Graveside services will follow at noon at Highland Park Cemetery, in Kansas City, KS. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the American Lung Association or Heartland Hospice.

Service Information

Visitation will be held from 9:30-11 am Saturday, September 21, at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, Liberty. Graveside services will follow at noon at Highland Park Cemetery, in Kansas City, KS.

Roark, Ronald Edward's Guestbook

I’m so sorry about your dad. He was a wonderful father a very kind to me. Great memories at the lake with all of us sleeping in the front room. He could make us laugh so hard my sides would hurt. He will be missed.

Molly McGregor Livers

Enjoyed Ron so much whenever the Mahany family would get together....he was so funny. I know that all of you will miss him very much. May God bless each of you in your sorrow.

Brenda Mahany

Our days with Ron involved lake time. He was a father to us all, and a grandfather to our children and grand children. The kids loved him, and he loved everyone. He will be missed, but never forgotten. Anytime we are at the lake no matter where we look, we will see Ron. He certainly marked his spot. We can still feel his spirit there with us. Dance with the love of your life Ron, we know how much you have missed your bride. I know you will be watching over us all. Love you old man. Our love and prayers for the family.

Rosemary and Allen Craft

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