Ronald von Marx
Born in Marysville, Kansas to Richard and Sharon Marx. He is survived by his wife Melodie L. (Gorham) Marx, daughter Rebeka, sons Michael and Christopher, he adopted Melodie’s daughter. Ron had 5 grandchildren.
Ron graduated in 1979 from Independence Senior High in Independence, Kansas and attended Independence Junior College for a half a semester.
In 1980 Ron enlisted in the Navy and served as an enlisted surface warfare specialist. His accommodations include the Meritorious Unit Commendation award, Good Conduct medal and Battle Efficiency award. Ron retired after 15 years with the TERA (early out) program in 1995. After retiring he moved from Norfolk, Virginia to Marysville, Kansas where he met his wife Melodie. They moved to Wichita in 1998 where he was employed by Raytheon (now known as Textron Aviation). Ron celebrated 20 years on August 12, 2017.
In May 2008 Ronald learned of the Scottish American Military Society and called to inquire if there was a Post in Kansas. One person attempted to establish a Post in Wichita, but did not follow through. Ron tracked down and contacted the people who had signed up and he had a enough members for a Post. On 7 September 2008 he was given the Charter from SAMS, Ltd, and became the Post Commander. He loved veterans, was always fiercely proud of his Irish - Scottish heritage, attending Highland Games and meeting new people. In the ten years as Post Commander the Post grew to 18 active members. In 2015, Ron re-established the Burns dinner in Wichita with his Post and a few close friends which is now up to 65 people in attendance.
Ronald was head of the Men’s Ministry at Rose Hill Christian Church where he also served as a deacon and youth sponsor. He loved God, family, and country, at his funeral the pastor spoke of a challenge coin with the Armor of God on it that Ron had given out at the last men’s retreat. He was an avid teacher about not leaving home without your armor on, and he also spoke to the young men in our youth group about chivalry and being a gentleman. He wondered if he made a difference in the life of the men and youth he spoke to, from the 150 in attendance at his funeral I think it is safe to say he did. Ron lived life to the fullest, dedicated to friends and community, he had a saying “don’t sweat the small stuff and everything is small stuff.” You were loved, you will be missed but never forgotten.
—Heartland Post 1854, Kansas, Adjutant and wife. Melodie Marx
ROSE HILL-Marx, Ronald Von "Ron" Age 56, passed away October 13, 2017. Ron served in the U.S. Navy for 15yrs. He is survived by his wife, Melodie; children, Michael Von, Christopher Ray, Aleia Nicole, Rebekah Lynn; 5 grandchildren; mother, Sharon; sister, Michele Richardson. Ron is preceded in death by his father, Richard. Visitation 1-8 p.m. with family greeting 6-8 p.m. Friday evening, at Smith Mortuary Derby, 1415 N. Rock Road. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 21, at Rose Hill Christian Church, 314 N. Rose Hill Rd, Rose Hill, KS 67133.
Ron was an active member and commander of Post 1854 in Wichita, KS.