Services for Ronald Joe "Ron" Jared will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at East Cross United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Chad Perceful officiating. Interment will be at 3:00 p.m. in the Allen Cemetery, Allen.
The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of Walker-Brown Funeral Home.
Ronald Joe Jared was born March 29, 1941, in Ada. He was the son of Howard and Bonnie Jared of Allen. After suffering a stroke on Thanksgiving night, Ron passed away at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa. Ron was 71 years old and resided in Bartlesville.
Ron attended Allen Public Schools and was active in the marching band and the football team. After high school, Ron attended East Central University in Ada. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in instrumental music and a master's degree in counseling. He later received principal and superintendent certifications from the University of Oklahoma. Ron also was a member of the Oklahoma National Guard for 15 years.
Ron married Linda Kay Walker on Jan. 31, 1964, in Allen. They established their family home in Maud, where he was high school band director. They moved to Wynnewood, spending 13 years, where Ron served as band director, counselor and middle school principal.
In 1977 Ron and Kay, with daughter Rachel, moved to Bartlesville, where Ron began work at Jared Homes. Ron was also involved in real estate before returning to education as assistant high school principal at Bartlesville Public Schools and then mid-high principal for 10 years.
Following his retirement from Bartlesville, Ron was hired as assistant superintendent for the public schools in Fayetteville, Ark., serving for five years. Returning to Oklahoma, Ron worked for one year as Bartlesville Schools assistant superintendent and filled in as a high school counselor. In 2001, Ron, his brother Roger and sister Phyllis established Jared’s Frozen Custard, where Ron had great fun interacting with employees and customers.
Ron was an avid lover of music and supporter of music education in the public schools. In the 1990s, he was named State Administrator of the Year for OMEA. He was an active member of East Cross United Methodist Church and served as a choir member for many years. Ron recently began volunteering with "Bridges out of Poverty" and was an adoptive grandpa at Oak Park Elementary School.
Ron is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Kay; two daughters and sons-in-law, Rachel and Randy Gurule, Rebekah and Adam Dorris; four grandchildren, Haley and Ada Gurule, Clark and June Dorris, all of Bartlesville; one sister, Phyllis Jarrett of Dewey; and one brother and sister-in-law, Roger Jared and Sharon Lewis of Tulsa; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Joan and Bob Vandegriff of Owasso; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Ron is also survived by uncle and aunts, Clive and Ovella Jared, Betty McKenzie and Lois Lillard, along with many who consider him to be an adopted father and grandfather, as well as his loving dachshund, Otto.
Ron was preceded in death by his mother and father, Howard and Bonnie Jared.