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“About 5 years ago when things were looking bleak for me, Ron was a strength with his comforting words were a big help in my recovery. Then again 2...Read More »
1 of 31 | Posted by: JERRY ROWE - CAPE CORAL, FL

“Ron was a member of our community of fantasy Horse Trainers for some years now. It was a pleasure to know him and our entire community of close knit...Read More »
2 of 31 | Posted by: JERRY ROWE - CAPE CORAL, FL

“Ron touched so many associates at Kroger with his kindness and knowledge, his name is consistently mentioned as being one of the best and favorite...Read More »
3 of 31 | Posted by: Jim Troshak - East Lansing, MI

“First of all I was stunned at Ron's passing and I am very sad for the family, you have my prayers. I will miss seeing him at the school bus stop...Read More »
4 of 31 | Posted by: Lawrence Forsythe - BATTLE CREEK, MI

“Bobbi, I am so sorry to hear of Ron's passing. My heart goes out to you and all your loved ones. May God's peace help you through this painful time...Read More »
5 of 31 | Posted by: LeAnn - Battle Creek, MI

“We are praying for each of you during this difficult time. Ron's love for the Lord and his family was so obvious to others. His wife and kids meant...Read More »
6 of 31 | Posted by: norm kersten - Battle Creek, MI

“My deepest sympathies extend to Bobbi and her family at this time. I am so sorry to hear of Ron's passing. He will be missed and remembered as a...Read More »
7 of 31 | Posted by: Bob Surprenant - Springfield, MI

“Ron was a kind, patient and gentle man. I'm so glad I got a chance to know him. He will be greatly missed. My prayers for comfort go out to his...Read More »
8 of 31 | Posted by: Debbie Bitterman - Lansing, MI

“Bobbi and family, I am so sorry for your loss of Ron.Ron was my longest running friend of over 40 years. We played softball,worked, fished, went to...Read More »
9 of 31 | Posted by: Dan Doolittle - Mason, MI

10 of 31 | Posted by: Dan Doolittle - Mason, MI

“You will be missed. Rest In Peace. ”
11 of 31 | Posted by: Larry Houck - Lansing, MI

“Bobbie and family, You lost a wonderful husband and father. It was a pleasure getting to know him and your family recently. May God's presence and...Read More »
12 of 31 | Posted by: Sally Huffman - Com, MI - Friend

“Thank you for helping me in first grade. You were helpful and kind. I will miss you at the bus stop.-Noah L. ”
13 of 31 | Posted by: Jill VanderMel - Battle Creek, MI

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. You have many wonderful memories to treasure of times spent with this wonderful "papa" ”
14 of 31 | Posted by: Mike and Cathy LeRoux

“Bobbi my heart just plain aches for you my long time friend. So terribly hard to lose the love of your life. Embrace your children and family and let...Read More »
15 of 31 | Posted by: Sally (Konkle) Jackson - Albion, MI

“So sorry for the loss of this great gentleman! ”
16 of 31 | Posted by: Mike Swartz - Battle creek, MI

“Bobbi and family. The last memory we have of you and Ron were at our picnic last summer at Lake Lansing. We spent our whole time talking about The...Read More »
17 of 31 | Posted by: Richard and Linda Anthony - MI

“Bobbi I am so saddened to learn of Ronnie's passing. May god wrap his arms around you and the family as you face the days ahead. ”
18 of 31 | Posted by: Bonnie Morgan Morgan - MI

“Bobby and family- We were sorry to hear of Ron's passing. We have so many fond memories of you all and wish you peace and solace during this...Read More »
19 of 31 | Posted by: A friend

“I am so sad to hear of Mr conleys passing. He was loved and respected by every one who worked with him, and for him. You could always tell just how...Read More »
20 of 31 | Posted by: Mrs Karen Tornsberry - Jackson, MI

“Bobbi and family..I am so very sorry for your loss! My heart hurts for all of you but I know your faith will help you though. Sending prayers and...Read More »
21 of 31 | Posted by: Shari Ludwa - Battle creek, MI

“Bobbi and I have been close since our kids were young...about 38 years. I always admired Ron as a hardworking and soulmate to Bobbi. I am so...Read More »
22 of 31 | Posted by: Joy Dixon - Battle Creek, MI

“Ron was a very good friend and mentor of mine. This just breaks my heart. I have not seen him since we both retired from Kroger. God bless him and I...Read More »
23 of 31 | Posted by: Mike Fast - Jackson, MI

“So sorry to hear about Ron. I remember him from AWANA. We all volunteered together. So sorry for your loss. My thoughts & prayers are with all of the...Read More »
24 of 31 | Posted by: Nancy Piorkowski - Friend

“So sorry to hear of Ron's passing into Glory. So many good memories of a quiet Godly man.Prayers sent from myself and the Jim and Meganne Collins...Read More »
25 of 31 | Posted by: Jean Heikkila - Las Vegas, NV

“I love you Conley, Clothier and Darlington Families. ”
26 of 31 | Posted by: Patti Bentley - Coldwater, MI

“Sorry for your loss ”
27 of 31 | Posted by: Mary Stephens - MASON, MI

“Dear dear Bobbi. My heart weeps for you. I know you will find comfort in your faith and in your memories. Much love from Vicki Sacharski. ”
28 of 31 | Posted by: Vicki Sacharski - Flint, MI

“Such a beautiful tribute to an incredible man! Our family is so incredibly sorry for your devastating loss. You are all such a wonderful testament to...Read More »
29 of 31 | Posted by: Susie Solis - Harbor Springs, MI

“Ron has touched many, many people! Always a man of great integrity. A warm smile and a helping hand will always be our thoughts of Him. The retail...Read More »
30 of 31 | Posted by: Fred Heins - Jackson, MI

“Bobbi and family. I remember running into you and your husband at Horrocks. I hadn't seen you in a very long time. I am so sorry. Please accept my...Read More »
31 of 31 | Posted by: Cindy Shaffer Southwick - MI

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James Ronald "Ron" Conley

Ron, age 68, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday morning, May 6, 2020 at Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI after a hard-fought battle with COVID-19. James Ronald Conley was known as Ron to most, but he was affectionately called Ronnie by his family, Papa by his grandkids and, over the years, he was known as either Big Ronnie or Papa by the numerous daycare kids that came and went throughout the many years of his wife's in-home daycare.

Ron, the son of James and Joyce (Sloan) Conley, was born on October 1, 1951 in Colorado Springs, CO. He was a 1969 graduate of Albion High School. He retired in 2011 after 41 years of faithful service in management at different Kroger Stores around the region.

He married Roberta Lynn Maddux (Bobbi) on April 10, 1971. They recently celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary. Bobbi, who he affectionately referred to as "sweetheart," was his very best friend. Ron and Bobbi were always together. They loved sitting together reading print newspapers, taking long walks at KCC, vacationing at Bonnet Creek Resort in Florida and doing anything together that involved their kids and grandkids. He loved taking care of his wife and he served her so well. He loved doing anything as long she was by his side.

Ron's favorite hobby was watching his grandkids' sporting events. You could usually find him wearing a Tigers baseball hat, Shamrocks pullover or any Pennfield Panthers shirt. He was a proud sponsor of their teams, first as Forever Friends Child Care and later as Rhino's Plumbing. Ron loved golfing and spent many years playing in golf leagues with his Lansing area buddies. He was also an avid bowler and softball player in his younger adult years. He was very passionate about sports and spent his childhood participating in several of them and later enjoyed watching all kinds on television, especially golf and baseball.

His grandkids were his entire life in his retirement years. He was such a hard worker and took pride in everything he did, particularly maintaining his perfectly manicured green lawn. But he took the most pride in his dedication to his grandkids. He was actively involved in all their daily activities. He enjoyed taking them to school, volunteering in their classrooms, taking them to and from dance classes, tennis lessons, play practice, running them to doctor appointments and anything else he was asked to do. He had such a selfless servant's heart. Whatever he could do to make his kids' lives easier, he was always the first to volunteer. Most of the time, he didn't even need to be asked. It made him feel good to help out however he could. He never missed his eldest two grandkids' sporting events no matter how far the drive, most recently spending a week in Florida watching his oldest granddaughter play softball for Olivet College. His youngest grandson, not yet in school, was his little sidekick for the past few years. He went everywhere with his Papa. Ron was eagerly looking forward to the arrival of a new grandson this September. He had a special way of making each grandkid feel like they were the most important. He was the best example to them of what the love of our heavenly father looks like, fully known and unconditionally loved.

As strong as his love was for his sweetheart, kids and grandkids, Ron had no greater love than his love for his Savior. He gave his life to God in 1983 and never looked back. He laid a strong foundation of faith for his children and grandchildren to follow. His faith made him a man of great integrity, work ethic, compassion and generosity. He and Bobbi together felt a special calling from God to teach younger generations about Jesus, first serving for many years at Battle Creek Bible Church in Space Cubs, then in the Awana program at First Wes and most recently in Woodland Kids Ministry, where he took great pride in greeting each kid by name and with a big welcoming smile. He rarely ever missed a week of serving. He loved attending church together as a family each Sunday, followed by a big lunch together afterwards.

He was so thankful that all three of his children chose to live their adult lives within minutes of their childhood home, where Ron and Bobbi still proudly live today. He was a family man. A devoted husband. A sports enthusiast. But most importantly, a man of God. He was a prayer warrior for others and he would be so honored by the outpouring of prayers for him and his family during his battle with COVID-19.

Surviving are his wife, Bobbi; two daughters, Carole L. Clothier and Veronica A. (Nicholas) Darlington; his son, Ryan D. (Britni) Conley of Battle Creek; six precious grandchildren, Kaylee, Seth, Gracie, Avin, Kailyn and Rowan; three sisters, Pamela A. Mullins of Mabank, Texas, Deborah L. Ivers of Lakeside, California, Krista S. Conley-Diede of Seven Points, Texas; one brother, Randall R. Conley of El Cajon, California; two half-brothers, Henry Conley and Billy J. Conley of Ashland, Kentucky. He was preceded in death by his mother, Joyce A. Conley Davis and his father, James E. Conley.

Ron and Bobbi were longtime supporters of RBM Ministries and Woodland Church. In lieu of flowers, Ron's family would be honored for memorial contributions to be directed to either of those wonderful, gospel focused organizations.

A memorial service to celebrate Ron's life we be held later in the year when we can safely gather again. Arrangements by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek. Personal messages and/or favorite memories of Ron may be placed at