Naples, FL - Ronald Keith Stuckey, devoted father, husband, grandpa and brother, passed away unexpectedly February 10, 2020, in Naples, FL, at the age of 68.
Ron was born in Ada, OK to Ray Otis Stuckey and Dorothy (Bryant) Stuckey on February 11, 1951. He lived and attended school in Maysville and Pauls Valley, OK. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma and a graduate degree from Georgia Southern College. He married Carol (Isbell) Stuckey in December 1978 while they were both stationed with the US Army in Vicenza, Italy.
He proudly served in the US Army as a Medical Service Corps Officer, 2nd Armored Division, Fort Hood, TX and Grafenwoehr, Germany; US Army Hospital Vicenza, Italy; US Army Area Dental Laboratory, Fort Gordon, GA and 97th General Hospital, Frankfurt, Germany for 11 years. He then worked with foster children for the state of Florida for a short time before returning to work for the US Government for 23 years as a Resource Management and Program Inspector in the Inspector General Office at US Army Garrison, Fort Ritchie, MD; Program Analyst, HQ Budget Branch, NASA, Washington, DC; Inspector General Office SOUTHCOM HQ in Miami, FL and Resource Manager, US Army Garrison, Fort Detrick, MD and retired in 2007.
Ron is survived by his wife Carol Stuckey of Naples, FL; daughter Jennifer Autumn Stuckey and her husband Andrew Scott Boguslawski of Beavercreek, OH; daughter Joyce Elizabeth Stuckey and her husband Allen Michael Lee and their young exuberant sons Sydney Ray Stuckey-Lee and Darwin Douglas Stuckey-Lee of Ithaca, NY; his sister, Sheila Rae Stuckey and her husband Mitt Tidwell of Sarasota, FL; and sisters-in-law Peggy MacDonald of Naples, FL and Penny Thelman of Wurtsboro, NY; brother-in-law John Thelman of Downingtown, PA, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dorothy and Ray Stuckey and brother-in-law Jeffrey Carlough.
Ron was a good and loving husband who always took care of his daughters and spent the time to teach and guide them. He supported their many activities over the years, even becoming a swimming official and judge for Odyssey of the Mind to help keep the local groups active. He passed on his love of sea and space exploration influencing both of his daughters’ careers in science & engineering. He loved his grandsons unconditionally. He drove his RV cross country to Seattle, WA and Ithaca, NY to be present for both of their births, even through hurricane Irma. He loved to teach them to build and to make them things to play with, including a fort and slide, and to spend summers taking trips with them. This past Christmas he took the boys on their first cruise on “a big boat” to Hawaii. He spent his free time talking to fellow Amateur Radio enthusiasts, listening to music and watching movies. He also enjoyed traveling, especially in his RV on summer trips across the US.
No formal memorial service is planned. Ron requested cremation and scattering of ashes in his favorite places, including in space and the ocean, and his family will follow his wishes. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the ARRL Foundation at www.arrl.org/arrl-foundation-donation-form to support scholarships promoting Amateur Radio for young hams or to the University of Oklahoma at www.giving.oufoundation.org to contribute to the Army ROTC Scholarship Program.