Ronald K. Highbarger, 67, of rural Sweet Springs, died Friday, Sept. 29, 2006, at his home.
Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006, at First Christian Church, Sweet Springs. Rev. Susan Smith-Allen will officiate. Music will be provided by Julie Lewis. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery, Sweet Springs. Memorials may be made to the Sweet Springs Historical Society or to the American Heart Association. Honorary pallbearers are Kenny K. Hollingsworth, Don Vogelsmeier, Rolland Keeney, Jim Lindemann, Charles Swopes, Charles Sidwell, Fred Schneider, Donald Elwell, Jerry Hamilton, Albert Luebbert, Neal Stuerke, Russell Sims, Steven Shrader, Harry Pinney, LaVern Viets, Vince Shrader, Ted Haling, Alex Grigsby, Rallin Deke, Glen LaRue and Bill Treece.
Born Dec. 4, 1938, in Sweet Springs, he was the son of the late John Highbarger and the late Dora Gordon Highbarger. On May 18, 1963, he married Connie Spearing, who survives of the home. He had lived in Sweet Springs his entire life, where he was a 1957 graduate of Sweet Springs High School. After graduation, he entered the U.S. Navy, serving from 1957 to 1961 on the U.S.S. Forrestal as a jet mechanic. After serving his country, he worked for Kansas City Power and Light for 32 years, retiring in 1994. He was very active in the Sweet Springs community including serving as mayor. He was a member of the Lions Club, Sweet Springs Historical Society, Sweet Springs Chamber of Commerce, Sweet Springs Revitalization Committee, Sweet Springs American Legion and V.F.W. Posts, Barbee Lodge, and Ducks Unlimited.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Elizabeth Frerking of Concordia; two grandchildren; one brother, Carroll Highbarger of Columbia; two sisters, Juanita Welch of Sweet Springs and Ruth "Dookie" Grimes of California; along with several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Roger Highbarger.