Ronald Leslie McCoy, 71, died Saturday, March 30, 2014. He was born in Falls City on Sept. 8, 1942 to Dale Elton McCoy and Alice Faye McCoy.
Ron attended Falls City Public Schools, graduating from FC High School in 1960. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy the following month, serving his country until 1963. Ron graduated from Peru State College with a double major in Business Administration and Business Education in 1967.
Ron and Mary Lu Hicks met at PSC and were married June 16, 1968. During summer breaks at Peru State he worked for Missouri Pacific Railroad as a trackman, and upon graduation, he went through the management training program offered by Missouri Pacific.
Ron served as Assistant Trainmaster in Atchison, KS; Trainmaster in Osawatomie, KS, Coffeyville, KS and Wichita, KS; Assistant Terminal Superintendent in Kansas City, MO; Division Superintendent in Little Rock, AK and Kansas City; and Superintendent of Transportation in Little Rock. Ron was then transferred to Omaha where he was Manager of Facilities Planning, Manager of Real Estate, and Program Manager of Engineering for the Western Region of Union Pacific. In 2001, following 36 years of employment, Ron retired from the railroad.
Following his retirement, he continued his passion, joining HDR Engineering as a railroad consultant until 2002.
Ron is preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Sharon.
He is survived by wife, Mary Lu; sons, Brian (Shelby), of Blair, and Brad (Stephanie), of West Point, NY; four grandsons; sister, Nancy (Marvin) Freeman, of Montclair, CA; brother-in-law, Russ (Kay) Hicks, of Beatrice; four nephews, two nieces, and many friends.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, April 4, 2014 at Christ Community Church, 404 S 108th Ave, Omaha, NE 68154.
Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at John A. Gentleman Mortuaries, Pacific Street Chapel, Omaha. Interment in Evergreen Memorial Park, Omaha.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to Make-A-Wish or Midlands Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.