Ronald Keith Sumonja
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Ronald Keith Sumonja , Age: 64
June 13, 1953 -- May 15, 2018

Ronald Keith Sumonja of Lake Tapawingo, Mo, formerly of Olathe, KS, passed away on Tuesday, May 15th 2018 surrounded by family at Centerpoint Medical Center at the age of 64.

Ron was born in Kansas City, KS on June 13th 1953, to Mary Ann and Dan Sumonja. He grew up in the Strawberry Hill neighborhood, attended All Saints School and Bishop Ward High School, and graduated in 1971.

Ron met the love of his life, Terrie (Kalousek) Sumonja, at the age of 17, when they were working together at TG&Y. They had a marriage of 44 years, filled with many ups and downs, job changes, 3 incredible children, and a lot of love.

Ron worked for Whirlpool as a warehouse manager for 16 years, transferring to Texas. He and the family then moved back to Kansas City, where he worked for Shedd Spread and later Bendix King. After a mass layoff at Bendix, he made a career change and started working as a cage manager at Harrahs Casino. That job led him to explore opportunities in St. Louis, Fort Meyers, FL, and Eagle Pass, TX. Ron also enjoyed a career working in car sales. His charismatic personality made him perfect for this job, and people loved coming back to him for repeat sales. He worked in many places in many careers, and at each place found friends who quickly became like family.

In 2016, his battle with Parkinson’s Disease forced him into an early retirement. Ron always took pride in working and providing for his family, and retirement was difficult. Fortunately, Ron’s incredibility outgoing personality landed him a job with the Chiefs that could accommodate the challenges of Parkinson’s. He was an elevator operator and was thrilled to tell people that he got paid “just to push buttons”. This was a great outlet for him to continue to get the opportunity to interact with the public which was something he loved. He was beyond thrilled when they asked him to come back and signed the contract immediately. Even though is consisted of 10 to 12 hour days, he was so happy to be working again.

Ron was an only child, but having met his wife as a teenager, her siblings quickly became his. He and Terrie were soulmates and she told her mom that the moment she saw him, she knew one day she would marry him. He obviously felt the same, and to win Terrie over, on his days off, he would take Terrie to lunch for a salad at Waid’s, and then her sister, Patrice so she wouldn’t have to eat lunch alone. Thanks to Terrie’s siblings, Reed and Patrice, Ron got to experience and appreciate the value of siblings.

Ron’s and Terrie’s love held strong and grew even more with the addition of their children, Christie, Lisa, and Nicholas. Ron loved being a dad, and he would have done anything for his family. Even when separated by miles, and states, their love held strong.

Ron was a man who truly loved life, and brought joy and laughter to everyone around him. He always had a joke or story to share, even though a lot of them were “dad jokes”. If you only met him once, you would still remember him forever. There was just something about him. Terrie often joked that being married to him she was always known as “Ron’s wife”. “oh yeah, you’re Ron’s wife” because his personality just took over the room.

Ron grew up playing baseball and continued that love throughout life watching the Royals and was so happy to have seen them win 2 World Series! He also grew up boxing and was blessed to rediscover that love through, of all things, his Parkinson’s. We learned about Rock Steady Boxing on the news, and looked into it. Rock Steady is a Boxing club for Parkinson’s patients that is not only great for working on the physical aspects, but also offers emotional support by getting a group of people together who understand what each other is going through. Getting into this program gave him a sense of pride and accomplishment and a sense of empowerment and a way to fight back.

Ron was extremely loved by all who knew him. He was a fighter and fought for his life up to the end. For those who knew him, I’m sure you feel blessed to have been part of his life. And for those who missed out on a chance to truly know him, even these stories don’t do him justice. He will be greatly missed, but we are glad his struggles are over, and he is no longer suffering. We take comfort knowing that we will be reunited one day when God so chooses.

There will be a viewing at the Porter Funeral Home, 1835 Minnesota Ave. KCK, 66102 on Saturday May 19, 9AM to 11AM with a short service to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please consider making a donation to Rock Steady Boxing Club or Parkinson’s Foundation.

Rock Steady Boxing: 3825B W. 95th St.Overland Park, KS 66206    www.inyourconerkc.com/donate

Parkinson's Foundation: 200 SE1st t. Ste.800 Miami,FL 33131 www.parkinson.org

Additional Service: Visitation
Location: Porter Funeral Home
Address: 1835 Minnesota Ave.
City: Kansas City
State: Kansas
Zip Code: 66102
Date: May 19, 2018
Time: 9:00 am
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Additional Service: Funeral Service
Location: Porter Funeral Home
Address: 1835 Minnesota Ave.
City: Kansas City
State: Kansas
Zip Code: 66102
Date: May 19, 2018
Time: 11:00 am
Additional Information: No Additional Information Added
Google Map: Click Here to see Location on Map.
Condolences

Pattie Rodriguez May 20, 2018

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Terri and family , I am so very sorry to hear about Ron’s passing ... I just saw it this morning. Please accept my sincere condolence. You are All in my thoughts and prayers..he was a great person and I am thankful that he is no longer suffering but is in his heavenly home at peace. I will pray for your peace.