Ronald Gordon McDowell

March 10, 1945 – April 18, 2020
“Along with the great sadness that comes from
missing you, lives a universe of gratitude
for having shared love with you at all.”
It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Ron McDowell on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at the age of 75. Ron passed peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family.
He will forever be remembered and cherished by Verna, his beloved wife of 52 years; his children, Jolene (Bob) DeIure, Sheila (Darrell) Johnson and Darren (Maria) McDowell; grandchildren, Kelsey and Sara, Harper and Landon and Carter; his brother Norman McDowell and sister, Marion (Len) Morgan, as well as many sisters and brothers in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors. Ron was predeceased by his parents, Velma and Ern, and sister in-law, Tara.
Ron was born March 10, 1945 and grew up in the Dakota area. He attended school at Sylvan Heights, Crestomere and Ponoka Composite High School. Ron attended SAIT in Calgary where he studied Agricultural Mechanics. There he met Verna, the love of his life, and once they guessed each others birthdays, they knew they were meant to be together forever. Ron and Verna were married on October 28, 1967 and moved home to farm with Ron’s parents.
Ron was a respected farmer and took pride in expanding the farm into what it is today. He was honored to spend the last several years farming with his son, Darren. Ron was very involved in the community; he helped implement the Deer Creek Gas Co-op, was a member of Dakota Church, helped build the addition to the church, and was a 4-H leader for many years. Ron was always very involved in sports; he loved football, track & field, curling, and hockey.
He loved nothing more than watching his grandkids compete in all their various activities and was always their number one fan. Ron lived by the rule “work hard, play harder”. His family has so many amazing memories of family trips- skiing, camping, and to many tropical locations. Often, Ron would be up before the sun to complete chores and farm work and then spend the day having fun and still be the last one to bed.
Ron had a larger than life personality that everyone enjoyed. He will be remembered for his zest for life, the mischievous twinkle in his eye, his kind hearted manner, and the way that everyone was a friend after a cup of coffee or a cold drink. Ron loved the land on which he lived and worked. He had a favorite view from a pasture up west. As he looked over the fields and his cattle, he would always comment ,”You just can’t beat the view from up here!” This is where a part of Ron will always live forever and we hope the view from where he is now is just as beautiful.
A small private family memorial service was held with plans for a Celebration of Life at a later date. If desired, donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada or Dakota Cemetery Fund. To express condolences to Ronald’s family, please visit
Arrangements Entrusted To Ponoka Funeral Home
~ A Wombold Family Funeral Home ~

Wombold Funeral HomesObituary

Your condolences will be approved within one business day. You will need a valid Facebook account. Please email us if you have any questions.