Ronald Kenneth Stuart, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend passed away on Thursday, June 22, 2023 surrounded by his loving wife and family.
Ron was a giant of a man, physically strong, vibrant, full of faith and always active. He was born in Ogden, Utah on September 2, 1953, the oldest son of Kenneth Fernelius and Marion Wolthuis Stuart. Dad had a fantastic childhood growing up in Uintah, Utah, playing his favorite sports, working alongside his father in the garden, and playing with his brothers and cousins. It was the best place to be a kid.
He graduated from Bonneville High School in 1971 and served a full-time mission in the North Carolina-Virginia Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After returning home, he attended Weber State College, where he met Christine Fackrell, while participating in a musical production together. They were sealed for time and all eternity on February 12, 1976, in the Salt Lake Utah Temple by his mission president, whom he adored, Rex D. Pinegar. Together, Ron and Chris have raised four wonderful children who appreciate the love and example of their dedicated parents.
Family was everything to Dad. Honoring each other Dad and Mom, worked tirelessly for our benefit instilling the values of hard work, dedication, tenacity, humor, patience, love, and faith. He taught by example and with involvement, coaching our teams, working side by side, mowing the lawn, digging in the garden, serving others, and taking us on work trips where he used the time for special teaching moments. We loved being able to call Dad for anything and are certain he was as good as two men for any job.
Ron earned a Bachelor of Science from Weber State College in Political Science and Government/Business Management. Dad accomplished whatever he set his mind to, valuing real work by rolling up his sleeves. He never backed away from a difficult situation. He was genuine and a friend to all.
Sports were a huge part of Ron’s life. He had a passion for baseball, basketball, football, and golf. He was an all-state baseball player in high school and later a talented fastpitch softball pitcher and home-run hitter, playing on national teams. All his life he loved playing golf, fostering lifelong friendships and countless memories. Nothing was better than playing with, coaching, and cheering for his grandchildren in all their sporting events, music, and other activities.
His career with Learning Wrap-ups, the company he and his mother started in the early 1980’s, took him throughout the US and the world selling Wrap-ups. He was passionate about education, helping children master basic math facts. He was always enthusiastically developing additional products for the company and working with his brother Rich to make Learning Wrap-ups successful and provide employment opportunities for others. Dad was a brilliant businessman, but more important to him were the friendships and relationships he created while working.
Ron served as an active and engaged member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, throughout his life. Christ’s teachings and Ron’s life were intertwined. Teaching Gospel Doctrine was a highlight and most recently he loved serving the residents of Avamere, as their Branch President. His love for and dedication to these beautiful brothers and sisters was remarkable. The sweet way he protected and cared for Mom, along with his faith and trust in the Lord are treasured by us all.
Ron is survived by his wife, Chris; their children and 12 grandchildren, Matt (Cheryl), Emma, Ben, Spencer, Trevor Stuart; Erin (Bob), Rachel, Josh, Sara, Alli Wallis; Stephanie (Ty), Bode, Wyatt, Rhett, Colt Sparrow; and Rob Stuart; his brothers, Greg (Shirley) Stuart, Jeffrey Stuart, Brent (Abby) Stuart, and Rich (Andrea) Stuart; his sister-in-law, Kathy Stuart; many extended family; and countless friends.
We are thankful to the physicians, specialists, and nurses at McKay Dee Hospital, especially the angels in the ICU.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2023 at 11 a.m. at the Weber Stake Center, 5855 Skyline Drive. Friends may visit with family on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd. and Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church. Interment, Lindquist’s Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd.
Services will be live-streamed and available the day of the services by scrolling to the bottom of Ron’s obituary page at: www.lindquistmortuary.com, where condolences may also be shared.