Ronald “Ron” Gene McWhirter age 74 of Fairfield, passed away Sunday, December 15, 2019, at his home.
Visitation for family & friends will be 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, December 19, 2019, at Behner Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 20, 2019 at Behner Funeral Home with Pastor Jim Cecil officiating. Burial will follow the service at Cedar Creek Cemetery, Oakland Mills.
Memorials may be made to Jefferson County Little League or Birmingham Fire Fighters. Cards and memorials may be mailed to Krista McWhirter, 600 South D Street, Fairfield, Iowa 52556.
Ron was born January 28, 1945, in Fairfield, IA to Wilbur Dale and Dora “Dode” Margaret (Skaggs) McWhirter. He married Krista Jo Trueblood July 11, 1965. This year they celebrated 54 years of marriage.
Ron graduated from Stockport High School. He lived in the Fairfield area most of his life and worked at Rockwell/Meritor as a forklift driver for 30 years. When Meritor closed, Ron was able to retire, and he and Krista moved to Tennessee. As a part time job, he worked at Walmart. Ron loved Tennessee. In 2013 they moved back to Fairfield to be closer to their kids and grandson.
When Ron was younger, he raced stock cars and continued to watch NASCAR races. He was a big collector of Jeff Gordon memorabilia and he also collected rodeo belt buckles. Ron was a big sports fan and would follow Iowa Hawkeye, Iowa State Cyclones and Tennessee Volunteers football and basketball teams. The professional football team he followed was the Chicago Bears. Ron listened to country music and was a Reba McIntire fan.
He will be missed by his wife Krista of Fairfield; two daughters, Audra (Darin) Gilpin and Kara (Barry) Waugh both of Fairfield; one grandson, Kerrick Waugh; and his sister, Carol Hervey of Birmingham.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur and Dora; and his sister, Sheryl Lyon.