Journal Express, Knoxville, IA


May 8, 2014

Ronald Kirtley

Ronald Kirtley, 71, of Melcher-Dallas passed away Friday, May 2, 2014, at his home.

Ron was born to Ray and Helen (Kendall) Kirtley in Marysville on March 19, 1943. Ron worked for Maytag for 26 years until he retired. He was a member of the U.A.W 997 and New Hope United Methodist Church in Melcher-Dallas.

Ron was a great handyman who could fix anything and was always tinkering with something in his garage. He was an accomplished welder and could put together a table with almost any piece of metal you brought him. He also enjoyed fabricating his own camping equipment to use while camping with his family. Ron loved giving his grandkids a ride on his John Deere mower and tractor, but when it came to his yard; the mowing had to be perfect. He also enjoyed traveling with his family as much as he could. Lastly, Ron was a talker. He never meet a stranger and always enjoyed good conversation. Ronald Kirtley will be laid to rest with his faithful dog “Bunnie”.

Survivors include his wife, Melinda of Melcher-Dallas, four children, Jennifer Tille (Nick) of Derby, Bradley Kirtley (Trish) of Knoxville, Christin Little (Andy) of Knoxville and a daughter that lives in Tracy, eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and an Uncle Anthony Kirtley.

A Funeral Service was held Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at New Hope United Methodist Church in Melcher-Dallas with Pastor Jeff Flagg officiating. Interment was in Dallas Cemetery. Memorials may be given to HCI Care Services – Marion County. Condolences may be shared at

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