Ron K. Ferris
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Ron K. Ferris

Ron (K) Ferris left earth on Tuesday, April 30 to join his wife, Dorothy (Dot) and many family members who went there before him.  He is survived by his daughters, Julie Parks (Charles), and Kris Burnes (Joseph) as well as his beloved grandchildren, Alex, Nick (Karen), David (Corey), Sam and Katie.  Ron was born in Elberta, Michigan in 1935, to Glen and Rae Ferris. He also leaves behind two sisters, Nancy Coates, and LeAnn Adams sister-in-law Janice Tinti and brother-in-law, Roger Pellegrini.  Ron (K) spent many hours fishing in Ludington and Frankfort with his brother and friends. He once told his grandchildren if he wasn’t for fish and oatmeal they often would have gone hungry. He graduated from Ludington High school in 1953.  He was proud to have been a member of the 1952-53 Ludington Orioles Basketball team during the “golden age of Ludington basketball”. His team was inducted into the Mason County Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. Ron served in the U.S. Army as a Crypto Materials Specialist in Germany until 1957 when he returned to Michigan and attended Western Michigan University under the G.I. Bill, where he achieved his Bachelor’s degree and Michigan teaching certificate.  While on a trip to see friends at Michigan State University he met Dorothy and they were married in June 1959 in Norway, Michigan. They set-up their first home together in Kalamazoo, where he finished school and she worked in the public school system. He later received his Master’s degree in education administration and an Educational Specialists degree from Michigan State University. Ron was a teacher and school administrator for over 25 years at Northview High School, Comstock Park and Catholic Central.  He was always encouraged by young people, never one to moan about the ills of the next generation. He always had positive things to say about them. He was a devoted father and was a wonderful cook. He would wake up every morning and make his daughters a hot breakfast, listen to Bruce Grant on WOOD Radio, and tell them all kinds of interesting things about history and government. His patience, teaching them to drive, help on an essay or just rooting for them at swim meets, tennis meets, band competitions was amazing and something all try to replicate.  Upon retirement, he enjoyed traveling with Dot, and especially loved his trips to the battle fields of France, and visits to Italy, England and the western United States. Ron was an avid golfer and previously was a member of GreenRidge County Club (later Egypt Valley). He worked at Boulder Creek Golf Club during the summers to be near the course, other golfers and friends. He loved that he had the chance to introduce his grandchildren to golf, often walking the courses with them while they learned or later playing a round. His winters were spent in Bonita Springs where he enjoyed walking the beaches, having a diet coke at the Tiki Bar, rooting for his Michigan State Spartans, and taking his grandchildren to see things.  He had many longtime friends and enjoyed having coffee with the “boys” at Mr. Burger and his old friends from Catholic Central. After Dot’s death in 2017, he reconnected with his high school sweetheart, Carol Farley, and enjoyed taking her around town to dinner, watching movies, and visiting old friends. He was such a kind and caring person and there is a large hole in our hearts that we will fill remembering all the discussions and laughs we had together. There are not many left like Ron. We will be celebrating his life on Sunday, May 5, from 1-3 p.m. at Boulder Creek Golf Club, 5750 Brewer Ave N.E., Belmont, MI 49306. We hope you can join us to share your memories of him. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School Foundation or the American Cancer Society.  He and Dot are together now and both cheering – Go Green!

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