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Ronald Lee Wadel

November 20, 1948 ~ November 15, 2021 (age 72)


    Ronald Lee Wadel, 72, Richards, MO passed away at KU Medical Center on Monday, November 15, 2021 following an unexpected illness.

     Ron was born in Dodge City, KS on November 20, 1948 to Frank and Anna Wadel. On November 14, 1975 he was united in marriage with Deborah Kaye McDonald and she preceded him in death on June 13, 2016. He reconnected with childhood schoolmate Karen (Jamison) Cuendet. They were united in marriage on April 17, 2021 and she survives of the home.

     He is survived by a son, Sandy McDonald and wife Terri, Fort Scott, KS; daughter, Kimberly Ross and husband Joey, Lamar, MO; daughter, Sara Carlin and husband Israel, Nevada, MO; and son-in-law, Leo Morton, Overland Park, KS; 10 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; sisters, Donna Dirks, Rich Hill, MO; Joyce Becker and husband Bruce, Nevada, MO; Janet McIntire and husband Joe, Nevada, MO; one brother, Gerald Wadel and wife Bette, Richards, MO; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Anna Wadel, daughter, Micheline (Mimi) Morton, brothers-in-law, Karl Baggett and Wesley Dirks.

     Ron retired from 3M after nearly 30 years. He enjoyed camping, woodworking, canoeing, and stargazing, but most of all spending time with his family.  He loved sports of all kinds, but especially tennis, college basketball, and NASCAR. He was an avid Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals fan. In retirement he designed and built his dream home and workshop in the country.

     Ron accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his savior and was baptized on September 9, 2018 at Rinehart Christian Church where he was a member.

     He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

     Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 19, 2021 at Rinehart Christian Church in Rinehart, MO with Pastor Kevin Moyers officiating. Interment will follow in East Liberty Cemetery in Stotesbury, MO. The family will receive friends from 6:30–8:00 p.m. on Thursday evening at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada. 

     Memorials are suggested in his memory to Rinehart Christian Church c/o Ferry Funeral Home.

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November 18, 2021

6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Ferry Funeral Home Home
Nevada, MO 64772

Funeral Service
November 19, 2021

10:00 AM
Rinehart Christian Church
9443 S 900 Rd
Richards, MO 64778

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