Ronald Kenneth Nearing
May 16 1929 ~ September 5, 2015
Ronald Kenneth Nearing passed away peacefully, on September 5, 2015, at the Creston Valley Hospital
with family at his side.
Ron met Ila (Kifer) of Canyon B.C. and they married January 18, 1951. They had three children, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Ron first worked for J.H. Huscroft and in 1952 purchased his first tire store – a business he grew to include multiple locations and in which he still participated in until his passing.
Ron was a mentor to many, giving his time and knowledge at will. He was a member of the Rotary Club, Car Club, Elks Club, Jaycees, the School Board, and participated on the Creston Valley Wildlife Centre Board. He was instrumental in the building of the Elk’s Pavilion in Millennium Park.
Ron especially enjoyed spending time at the lake property in Kuskanook with his wife Ila, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Ron enjoyed fishing, gardening, woodworking, and especially his 1953 and 1955 Packard automobiles, in which they took many adventures, including driving the 1955 Packard home from Indiana. Ron and Ila also travelled North America from coast to coast and south to north by car, RV, air, and just last year the Rocky Mountaineer Train to Banff, Jasper, and Vancouver.
Ron was predeceased by his mother Dorothy Nearing, father Kenneth Nearing, and brother-in-law Harry Sommerfeld.
Ron is survived by his wife Ila (Kifer) of 64 years; his children Linda Moore (Richard) and their children Trish Kleinsasser (Travis), Tyler and Rylan, Cory Moore (Laina), Dalton Nearing and Henry, Melissa Moore (Everleigh), Katie Moore and fiancé Peter Hepburn, Carolyn Haseloh (Ron); Children Kristina Watson (Jordan), Brooklyn, Michelle Haseloh (Christopher), Wade Nearing (Terry); his sister Elaine Sommerfeld; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, many close friends and associates.
Thanks to the Nelson Emergency Room Services, the Creston Valley Hospital and its wonderful staff, and a special thanks to Dr. Griffioen.
A funeral service was held on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 11am at the Redeemer Lutheran Church, Creston, with Pastor Doug Stapleton celebrant.
Friends wishing to make a memorial contribution may do so to the Heart and Stroke Foundation: #4 1551 Sutherland Ave., Kelowna, BC V1Y 9MG or the Kidney Foundation of B.C.: #200 4940 Canada Way, Burnaby, BC V5G 4K6