Ronald Thorp, 75

Ronald Thorp, 75, of Ankeny, surrounded by his family and close friends, passed away peacefully on August 22nd at The Bridges at Ankeny. A gathering of friends and family will be 10:30 until 1:00 p.m. with a celebration of life service at 12 (Noon), Saturday, August 26, at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care, 414 Lincoln Way, Ames, Iowa.

Ron was born in Grinnell, Iowa on August 14th, 1942, the son of Francis and Esther (Brown) Thorp. He graduated from Marshalltown High School in 1960. Ron married the love of his life – Vicky Burris – on December 14th, 1963, at The Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. The couple moved to Ames in 1967, then to Gilbert in 1974 where they raised their two daughters, Jamie and Jennifer. They returned to Ames in 2004.

Ron’s first job was at Kiowa in Marshalltown, followed by 20+ years at Bourns Incorporated in Ames until the plant closed in 1990. He eventually returned to Kiowa in Marshalltown before “retiring” from production management. He then received his locksmith certification and began working as a home inspector for Amerispec. Ron officially retired in 2007.

Ron had a longtime love of cars, golf and the Cyclones. You could find him detailing his cars on the weekends in between rounds of golf with his friends. For many years he was a season ticket holder for Cyclone football and men’s basketball and a dedicated ‘Clone fan through the good and bad times. He was a fantastic, supportive father to his girls – never quite fully recovering from his daughter, Jamie’s, death in October 2014. He was a loving husband to Vicky for 51 years, taking great care of her until her passing in December 2014. The last few years he was able to spend a few of the winter months in Arizona with friends, and the rest of the year attending his grandkids many activities.

Ron is survived by his daughter, Jennifer (Rick) Hindman and children David, Destiny and Haydan, of Johnston; son-in-law Eldon Whitaker, of Colo; sister-in-law, Linda Thorp, of Frisco, Texas, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ron was preceded in death by his daughter, Jamie Lee Whitaker, on October 24th, 2014; his wife, Vicky Ann Thorp, on December 27th, 2014; his parents, Francis and Esther Thorp, and his siblings, Jerry Thorp, Janet Montgomery and Dennis Thorp.

Memorials may be directed to the family. A charity will be determined at a later time.

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