American Veteran 04

Ronald D. Himes

February 7, 1960 ~ September 11, 2022 (age 62) 62 Years Old


Graveside service for Ronald D. Himes, 62, of Lawton will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 23, 2022 at Fort Sill National Cemetery, Elgin, Oklahoma. 

On Sunday September 11th 2022 the Lawton-Fort Sill community lost a beloved Son, Leader, Friend, Husband, Uncle, Daddy, and Opa. Ronald D. Himes unexpectedly passed away in his sleep at the age of 62. 
Arrangements are under the direction of Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Margit Himes; Daughter Nadine Balser-Ayers and her Sons Fabian Balser and Julian Ayers; His son Christopher Himes and wife Michelle with their two children Amalee and Axel Himes; and great-granddaughter Azrianne. 

Ron was born 1960 in Downey California to Gerald and Lorraine Himes. Raised in Whittier California with his siblings Randy, Mike, Mitch and Karen Himes. In his youth he loved playing Baseball and Football. He attended Cal High where he enjoyed friendship, playing football and throwing parties. He then joined the United States Army in 1980 as an Artilleryman, more specifically a Cannoneer where he quickly excelled at his tasks and showed that he was a natural born leader. His first duty station was in Germany where he met and married the Love of his Life Margit. Throughout his military career he would take every opportunity to enjoy time with his family. He enjoyed grilling, fishing, boating, shooting, and being outdoors. 

He finished out his 26 year military career as a Recruiter where he was also recognized on multiple occasions for his excellence. He was a man of utmost integrity and made sure he was bringing in only the best and brightest next generation of soldiers into the United States Army. 

Nearing his retirement he and Margit purchased some land with a pond and moved out to the country so he could enjoy as he called it "the retired life". You would almost always find him at home, sitting in his chair relaxing with his EZ go cup, occasionally yelling at the TV in regards to sports or politics, and spending time with his wife. If he wasn't at home he was most likely at the Casino. 

An honorable man of extreme loyalty and patriotism. Proud of his life, Country and Family. Some knew Ron for his professionalism and leadership, some knew him as a protector, others knew him as the smartass with no filter, but we all knew him to be an amazing man and someone we could all count on, respect, and love!  We Love You! We Miss You! Watch Over Us! 

And because we know it would put a smile on your face "Let's go Brandon!"

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Graveside Service
September 23, 2022

1:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Fort Sill National Cemetery



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