It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Ron King, 68, on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2005 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.
Ron was born June 20, 1937 in Fort Frances, where he lived most of his life.
After graduating from Fort Frances High School, Ron received his degree in Philosophy from the University of North Dakota in 1960.
While attending university, Ron was a left-winger for the North Dakota Fighting Sioux. His team went on to win the first national hockey championship for North Dakota in 1958-59.
Ron’s dedication to hockey brought him back to Fort Frances and the Canadians Seniors, where in 1960-61 he was named rookie of the year. In 1961-62, he was chosen most valuable player, with a place on the all-star team.
In 1962-66, Ron played semi-pro with the Rochester Mustangs in Rochester, Mn. While in Rochester, Ron was employed as Director of Rehabilitation at the Ability Building Center for the handicapped.
In 1966, Ron accepted a position in Fort Frances with the Probation and Parole Board of Ontario. In 1975, and until his retirement, Ron was executive director of Family and Children’s Services.
He felt blessed to have an honourable career with recognition and acceptance. Ron also was instrumental in the founding and development of the Weechi-it-te-win Family Services.
Ron’s compassion and love of people was evident in his many acts of humanitarianism. He had a special way of extending his kindness and caring to all he met.
Ron was well-liked and respected in his community and the district.
Ron was a member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church and served as Clerk of Session for several years. He also sat on the Fort Frances Public Library board and was a charter member of the Legal Aid Committee.
Ron took great pleasure in being with his children and grandchildren at the cabin. He also loved to reminisce and share stories with his many friends.
Ron will be lovingly missed by his wife of 41 years, the former Mary Kackmann; two sons, Tony and wife, Pam, of Fort Frances, Ont., and David and wife, Nicole, of Garson, Ont.; three grandchildren, Averi, Keira, and Carson; and father-in-law, Allan Kackmann of Wabasha, Mn.; one sister, Marcia and husband, Don Zeleny; niece, Angela Mihichuk of Thunder Bay, Ont.; nephew, Michael Mihichuk, of Fort Frances, Ont.; and special friends and relatives.
Ron was predeceased by his mother, Helen, and stepfather, Elmer Kitzul; mother-in-law, Norah Kackmann; brother-in-law, David Kackmann; and father, Walter King.
At Ron’s request, cremation has taken place.
A celebration of Ron’s life was held Saturday, Oct. 22, 2005 at 10 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances. Rev. Diane Clifford officiated, with interment in the La Verendrye Columbarium at Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances.
Honourary pallbearers were Julian Brunetta, Dick Lyons, Guy LaFrance, Ted Kotyk, Dale Ross, Paul Turewich, and Bob Peters.
In memoriam donations may be made to the Fort Frances Public Library Building Fund, c/o Fort Frances Public Library, 363 Church St., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 1C9 or the Riverside Foundation for Health Care, 110 Victoria Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 1C9.