Ronald G. McCary

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Ronald McCary


Ronald McCary

Ronald G. McCary, 71, died on Oct. 10, 2014, in Smith Center.

Ronald was born on Nov. 22, 1942, to Alvah and Veronic 

(Conn) McCary at his grandmother’s house in Stockton.

After attending high school in Smith Center he began working for Jerome Rudolph where he learned the brick laying/construction business and started McCary Masonry in 1974.

But his real passion was the military. Ron joined the National Guard in 1966, rising through the ranks to become the first Commandant of the Non-Commissioned Officers Academy in Salina. He was promoted to Command Sergeant Major in 1980. Of his 28 years in service, 14 were at the rank of CSM (E9). 

During this appointment he was selected as the national chairman of the State Military Academy Advisory Council in Washington, D.C. After three years at the academy he was transferred to the newly formed 135th Combat Aviation Battalion. The 135th was reformed as the 1st Battalion 108th Aviation Regimen. He served as the Battalion Command Sergeant Major.

CSM McCary was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters; Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters; Reserve component achievement medal with five oak leaf clusters; National Defense Service medal; Armed Forces Reserve medal with two oak leaf clusters; Non-Commissioned Officer Development ribbon with two senior updates; Army service ribbon; overseas service ribbon; Kansas Distinguished Service Medal; Kansas Meritorious Service Medal; and Kansas Service Medal.

After retiring from the military in 1994, Ron worked for the City of Smith Center for 13 years.

Ron is survived by his wife of 33 years, Kathryn; two children, Marcia, and husband, Craig, and their children, Hunter and Madison Braun; and Chad and wife Becky and children, Samantha and Ethan McCary; and a step-daughter, Kristi Pierson, and husband Mike.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Larry.

Funeral service was October 14 at the Simmons-Rentschler Mortuary with Pastor Laura Fricker officiating.

Interment was at the Cedar Cemetery, Cedar, Ks., with military honors by the Fort Riley Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Hospice Services of Smith County or the Smith County Memorial Hospital Employee Fundraiser. They can be sent in care of the funeral home at 116 W. First St., Smith Center, Ks. 66967.


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