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Ronald Thomas Spears
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Obituary for Ronald Thomas Spears

Ronald (Ron) Thomas Spears, 73, passed away April 6, 2018 at a local hospital. Services will be 10:00 am, Tuesday, April 10 at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home in Waco with Austin Nickel officiating. Burial will follow at St. Olaf Cemetery in Cranfills Gap. Visitation will be 5-7 pm, Monday, April 9, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home.

Ron was born in Waco, Texas on November 5, 1944 and attended LaVega schools all 12 years. He graduated from Navarro Jr. College, where he was on the Dean’s List. He also attended Baylor University. Ron married Bettye Dawn (Troll) Spears on September 4, 1965. He spent his entire career in Manufacturing Management, which gave him the opportunity to live in many different areas of the United States, including Texas, Ohio and Illinois. He also served on numerous boards and was involved in many local organizations. In later years, Ron assisted owners of small businesses by acting as a consultant and utilizing the expertise he acquired through many years of experience. He had a love for cars, especially Corvettes, and he owned 5 of them throughout his life. He enjoyed playing golf and loved spectator sports, especially basketball, soccer and football. He also spent many years coaching his son, Chris, in soccer and basketball. He was a member of the Centex Corvette Club and First Lutheran Church.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Bobbie Spears, his father-in-law, LeRoy Troll and mother-in-law, Frances Carlin.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Bettye Dawn Spears; son, Chris Spears and wife, Missy; daughter, Dawn Alvarado and husband, Jim; grandsons, Blaine Spears, Derrick Alvarado and Dylan Alvarado.

Pallbearers will be Blaine Spears, Derrick Alvarado, Dylan Alvarado, Trey Kuczmarski, Cole Kuczmarski, and Seth Kuczmarski.

For those who desire, memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church or the American Cancer Society.

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St. Olaf's Lutheran Cemetery

FM 4145
Cranfills Gap, TX


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