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Ronald Stonehocker

December 24, 1939 January 29, 2023
Ronald Stonehocker
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Obituary for Ronald Stonehocker

Ronald Stonehocker, 83 of Earlham passed away on Sunday, January 29, 2023 at MercyOne Medical Center in Des Moines. Celebration of life service will be held at a later date in the spring. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Earlham Rescue Unit ( Online condolences may be left at

Ronald was born in Stuart, Iowa on December 24, 1939. He started school in Linden, moved to Missouri in junior high and moved back to De Soto, Iowa graduating from De Soto High School. Ronald married Kathleen Binns on February 22, 1959. He worked on the railroad one year before joining the Army.

While in the Army, he was stationed in Germany where his son Terry was born. The Berlin Wall was erected while he was in Germany. He was very happy when the wall came down. Following his discharge he went to work for Remington Rand making electronic filing machines for large companies like banks and hospitals. The couple made their home on Kathy’s fathers’ farm where Dennis and Steve were born just north of De Soto, Iowa.

The couple moved to Earlham in 1970. Ronald worked construction with Darrell Slater for eight years and he then worked for the Earlham elevator for eight years hauling feed and fuel for the farmers. When he started having back trouble, he went to work for the Iowa Department of Revenue and Finance where he retired in 2001.

In his spare time he enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jonas “Bill”; mother, Fern; brothers: Lovelle, Darrell and Russel; and sisters, Lois and LuAnna.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy; sons: Terry (Lilly), Dennis (Kirstin) and Steve (Leslie); 13 grandchildren and step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters: Shirley, Darlene and Linda and his brother, Larry; and a host of extended family that will miss him dearly.

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Cremation has taken place at the Johnson Family Funeral Home & Crematory.

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