In Memory of

Ronald L. Stevens

July 5, 1948 - July 30, 2023


Ronald Stevens went to his heavenly home on Sunday, July 30, 2023. Ron battled kidney disease with courage, positivity, gratitude, and faith of God’s promise for eternal life.  He was born on July 5,1948 in Kansas City to Carl Lee and Alice Mae (McQuiston) Stevens.

Ron moved to Lee’s Summit, MO from Berryton, KS in 1959.  He enjoyed skiing, swimming, and fishing with his older siblings, Betty Ebert and Carl Stevens, at Lake of the Ozarks. Ron loved all sports and was on the basketball, football, track, and wrestling teams at Lee’s Summit High School.  He was a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, tri-captain of the football team, Student Council President, and Vice-President of the Latin Club.  Later in life, Ron enjoyed presenting his unique bronze Student Council President Lifetime Activity Pass to attend Lee’s Summit High School events.  He enjoyed life-long friendships from his alma mater and looked forward to their monthly luncheons at Jack Stack.

After high school, Ron attended Kansas State University to major in mathematics and play football.  His parents never missed a game, recording each game over the four years he played.  He would impress family and friends with his detailed description of games to include opponents’ names, scores, plays, and dates just like it was yesterday.  Being a great storyteller, Ron always added humor to make the story come alive.  Ron received recognition as a center in the Big Eight Conference and decided to teach and coach rather than accept an offer to continue playing football.  Friendships and experiences at KState were a focal point of his storytelling throughout his life.  EMAW (Every Man A Wildcat) became one of his mantras.

Ron continued his love of sports as a college recruiter, a coach at Lawrence High School, Lee’s Summit High School, Central Missouri State University, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, and coach of his two daughters.  From a young age through college, Ron was their biggest fan and valued teacher, focusing on positive attitude, work ethic, and teamwork.  Another one of his mantras was “Get MAD (Make A Difference)”.   In 2004, Ron was baptized at the Blue Springs Christian Church with his daughters by his side.

Ron met his wife of 44 years, Nancy Clay, at the Blue Springs Fitness Center.  Three months later, he proposed, and they married on June 30, 1979, after her first year of teaching at Blue Springs High School.   Ron and Nancy were blessed with two daughters, Nicole Stevens Underwood (Todd) from Blue Springs, MO, and Courtney Stevens Majors (Brian) from Carmel, IN.  Ron beamed when he talked about his 7 grandchildren:  Jack Henry Majors (10); Karlee Rae Underwood (9); Clay Brian Majors (8); Grace Wanda Majors (7); Kailyn Grace Underwood (6); Nora Helen Majors (4); and Kennady Hudson Underwood (4).  His grandchildren knew they could always count on him for candy, jokes, and hugs.

In 2013, Ron retired from a career in sales.   He took great joy in cooking and grilling (the spicier, the better) and making large quantities of food, no matter how many he was serving.  He didn’t know how to do anything small (he would say, “Go Big or Go Home”), and cooking was an example of this.  Kitchen appliances, gadgets, and spices were always something he enjoyed exploring and sharing with others, using them to prepare amazing meals for family and friends.

After a near-death experience in March 2022, Ron took every opportunity to share his testimony and gave wooden crosses made by his high school friend.  God blessed Ron with another year of life; Ron did his best to make the most of it.  Before going to the hospital one last time, he celebrated his 75th birthday with 100+ family and friends to include those from Lee’s Summit High School and Kansas State University.  “Blessed is the man who endures trial, for when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him.”  James 1:12

Please join the family at the Celebration of Life on Monday, August 21 at Abundant Life Church, Administration Building, 414 SW Persels Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO  64081.  Visitation is 9am – 11am;  Service is at 11am.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ron Stevens Scholarship Fund, Central Bank ATT: Star, 909 S 7 Hwy, Blue Springs, MO 64014.


The Midwest Transplant Network provides hope and gives life to others.  Ron’s registration to be a donor may benefit up to 40 people. He aspired to increase awareness and education about the need for organ, eye, and tissue donation.


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I so wish I could be there to give you all a huge hug. My prayers are with you all through this time.

I am so sorry for your loss. I know you husband is in a better place and not suffering. Extra prayers for you and your family.

Ron and I hit it off from the first time we met. He was a great man, father and friend. I was shocked when I heard the news he went home to be with the LORD. He will be truly missed!!!!

What a life he lead!! He exuded great joy!

He willl be missed.

Sending along our most
deepest condolences

R. I. P. Ron, I will never forget the first time I saw you, watching you from my backyard carry Nancy up the stares and over the threshold (you in your tux looking so dapper and Nancy in her white wedding gown with her beautiful smile) after your wedding. Then I got to meet my new neighbors and we became lifelong friends
Ron had such a great sense of humor and a sheepish grin when he was doing something ornery, he loved reminding me of story how we initiated his new ladder(which was pretty funny).
God blessed you with Nancy, Nicole and Courtny, and all 7 of those beautiful grandchildren who will miss you tremendously.
There are no words good enough to describe what a wonderful man you were, I feel,so fortunate to have known you and call you a friend. Loved you my friend you will be greatly missed.

I will always remember Ron as front row center beloved White Sox fan, enjoyable, passionate, enjoyable fan and father to amazing young women. Prayers for peace and comfort and wonderful memories forever – he’s still watching and loving you all!

A great person, a teammate in HS and always upbeat and with a kindly word. So sorry I didn’t see him more. God Bless him.

What a wonderful blessing, it was to know you and your family.. Inspirational.

I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Coach Stevens. He was one of my favorite coaches and dads growing up. I learned a ton from him about basketball, being a team player, giving it your all, and never giving up. I am sorry for your loss Nancy, Nicole, Courtney, and the rest of your family and friends.

Our hearts go out to Nancy, Nicole and Courtney. Ron was a remarkable man. We are so sorry that we can’t attend the funeral. Dan is having triple bypass surgery that week and has tests that day. Thinking and praying for your whole family.

Dan and Gayle McLaughlin

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. He truly sounded like an absolutely loving, caring, and generous, man of God. He continues to be touching and changing lives even still today, through his testimony, and by his giving the gift of life back to so many other’s. The gift of life is the most special gift anyone could ever receive aside from salvation through Christ. I promise you that he will always be a hero, and he will never forgotten by the people who’s lives he has touched, and by the lives that he has saved. May God bless and keep your family until you are reunited once again for eternity.

Nancy and family,
Ron exuded positivity through his love of family, faith and good times. Such a good man. His physical presence will be missed, but his spirit lives on through all of you. God bless you during these difficult times.

Ron was a fireball on the field and a great guy. I’m sure he will be missed.
Rest in piece guy. And to his family Stay strong and take care

Ron and I played 4 years of football together at K-Stare. He was a spirited player and teammate.
Great memories of Ron! Great guy!


Monday, August 21, 2023
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Abundant Life Church
Administration Bldg. 414 SW Persels Rd
Lee's Summit, MO 64081


Monday, August 21, 2023
11:00 AM Celebration of Life
Abundant Life Church
Administration Bldg. 414 SW Persels Rd
Lee's Summit, MO 64081