Ronald James Marrs

Ronald James Marrs, 76, left this Earth to join his Heavenly Father on April 14, 2021 with his family by his side at his home in Osceola. Ron was born on November 21, 1944 in Omaha, Nebraska to his beloved parents, Clarence Wesley and Annie Grace (Martin) Marrs. Ron is survived by his wife and the love of his life, Karey Buchholz, to whom 55 years of marriage was recently celebrated on April 11. Ron and Karey have three daughters Tracey Hankins, Springfield, Suzanne Wheeler, Osceola, and Amy Bullock, Clinton.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents, four siblings, Sharon Hurd, Claire Dunavan, Clarence (Buck) Marrs, and Joyce Smith, as well as two grandchildren. Ron leaves a legacy with many beloved family members, Karey, Tracey, Suzie, Amy and husband Andy, ten grandchildren, Kelsey

Hutcheson, Katherine Hankins, Colton, Cotton, Cody, & Carleigh Wheeler, Cheyanne McGinnis, Kara Spinar, Wyatt and Monte Bullock, and nine great grandchildren. Ron is also survived by sister-in-law, Kathy Martin, brother-in-law, Roy Hurd, and many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.

Ron was a successful lifetime cattlemen and could calculate the weights and prices of cattle before most people could blink an eye. He started in the business with his father-in-law, John Buchholz, in 1966. Ron continued as a cattle buyer and cattle farmer throughout his life. He was a member of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association where he served the association proudly. 

Further, Ron joined the Elk’s Club at the young age of 20 years and continued as a lifetime member. He served as the Exalted Ruler of the Bolivar Elk’s Club for three years. Ron and Karey were members of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bolivar.

Ron enjoyed spending time with his family, which was his number one priority. He loved to play cards and if you met him around the card table, you’d better know when to hold ‘em and know when to fold ‘em or he would surely take your money. He enjoyed being on the farm and checking his cattle.

Ron will be greatly missed by family and friends, however we find peace knowing that he is celebrating in Heaven with our Almighty Father.

Contributions honoring Ron’s legacy may be made to the Sheldon-Goodrich Funeral Home to be donated to a scholarship in his name at the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association for students pursuing a degree or vocation in agriculture.

Services will be Friday, April 23 at 2:00 pm at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. A Celebration of Life will follow at 5:00 pm at the Bolivar Elks Club.

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