On Tuesday, August 13, 2019, Ronald J. Bednar, Sr., of Des Arc, passed away at the age of 66. He was born on January 31, 1953 in Stuttgart, Arkansas. Ronny was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph R. and Weecona Bednar of Slovak. He is survived by his two children, Ronald “Joey” Bendar, Jr. (Lauren McCary) of Carlisle, and Amanda Sims of Lonoke; His brother, Tim and Rayanne Bednar of Slovak and his niece, Rachel Chambers of Bryant. He was a proud Papaw to Blake Sims, Eli and Josie Bednar and Chad and Kaden McCary. He was a graduate of Hazen High School, and a member of ATO Fraternity at ASU in Jonesboro. Ronny was a former farmer who transitioned to selling John Deere equipment all over the prairie for Norman Implement of Des Arc. In 2011, he began working at Prairie County Farm Bureau, and was named “Rookie of the Year” for the state of Arkansas in 2012. He remained at Farm Bureau until his passing.
Ronny enjoyed deer and duck hunting, fishing, and spending time at the lake. He had a hidden talent for woodworking and enjoyed many hours in his shop. One of his many specialties was cooking a huge meal. He loved making a pot of gumbo or Ribs and BBQ for his “Ring of Fire” meetings. He would always throw in a homemade dessert, like banana pudding or his famous Italian Cream Cake. He never missed anything for his grandkids. He wanted to be a part of every game, band concert, or award ceremony. His kids and grandkids meant the world to him and he wasn’t afraid to show it.
Visitation will be held Friday, August 16, 2019 at St. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Slovak from 5:30 to 7:00 P.M. with Rosary at 7:00. Funeral Services will be 10:00 A.M., Saturday, August 17, 2019 at St. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Slovak. Burial will be in the St. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Cemetery.
4 thoughts on “Ronald J. Bednar, Sr.”
Thanks for the Laughs and all
The fun times
And most of all the great meals
Prayers for the Family during these times
You will be sorely missed. You are a friend to all. Our deepest condolences to Joey, Amanda and all your grand children.
Prayers for the family. Ronnie was one of the good ones. Can still remember his laugh. He will be missed.
I miss you Ronny.
When I think of all the hunting and fishing we did, one particular Duck hunt comes to mind. We decided to go on Christmas morning?? The ducks were here and it was our job and besides that, Lynn Sickle had lent us his duck boat and outboard. After we motored about 800 miles in flooded timber, the outboard motor got angry and quit. All we could do was walk back and try to make it by New Year’s Day. After a while Ron started singing Christmas carols while I was cursing stump holes. After a bit I gave up and joined in the “Chestnuts on an open fire” carol.
After only a couple hours we covered the 800 miles and got back to the pickup.
This reveals a couple things that I really remember about Ronny. No mater what “challenges” life threw at Ronny, he just bucked it up and fixed the problem and never forgot how to smile.
I did get a note from a squirrel demanding we not sing in the woods,,ever!
I know Ron and will get to go on another duck hunt but we
ain’t taking Lynndy’s Boat.
My heart and prayers are with Ronny’s family and friends.
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