Ronald L. Shivers passed away Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in the Abilene Memorial Hospital.
He was born Dec. 13, 1937, in Abilene, Kansas, the son of Everett and Velma Shivers.
He was united in marriage to Doris Monroe at Manchester Methodist Church on Nov. 10, 1972.
Ron worked various jobs in his youth, and when he was 18 he drove his first semi. He drove for several years for Naturich Mills, Yellow Freight System, Dautel Truck Line, Woolco, J. Brannen Clothing and Woolworth Company. In 1982 Ron and his good friend Allyn Thompson went to auctioneer school in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1984 Ron got his real estate License and his brokers license in 1986. He opened his own real estate office in 1991 and was certified to do appraisals.
Ron was a member of Talmage Lions Club, Dickinson County Sheriff’s Posse, Eastern Kansas Horseman’s Association, Sand Springs Saddle Club, a 50-year member of Oakhill-Wakefield-Clay Center Blue Lodge, 50 years with Oakhill-Wakefield Order of Eastern Star, Scottish Rites and Isis Shrine Club of Salina, Kansas.
He was a member of Kansas Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, National Auctioneers Association and Kansas Auctioneers Association and was inducted into Kansas Auctioneer Hall of Fame in 2005. He was a member of Abilene Elks Lodge for 50 years and a member of the Chamber of Commerce, serving as vice president and president. He was co-chairman of the Chamber AG-Committee and Chamber representative on the Central Kansas Free Fair Board, holding the offices of vice president and president. In 2010, Ron was inducted into the Fairs and Festivals Hall of Fame.
He was named Distinguished Citizen of the Year in 2001 by Abilene Area Chamber of Commerce. He also helped Dickinson County 4-H Horse Club raise funds. He was the parade marshal in 2018 at the Abilene Wild Bill Hickok Parade and was recognized as Volunteer of the Year in 2018 by Dickinson County Historical Society.
He is survived by his wife, Doris, of the home, stepson Dennis Monroe and stepdaughter Cindy Monroe, and granddaughters Natalie Lober, Melissa Applebee (Monroe) and Alisha. His great grandchildren are Shiann Lober, Aiden Applebee and Breanna Applebee. His sisters are Evelyn Carter, Sharon Cramer and Sandy Feighner. He had many nephews, nieces, and cousins. He was preceded in death by sister Shirley Jackson and brother Butch Shivers.
The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, at Danner Funeral Home in Abilene.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, at Abilene First Baptist Church at 501 N. Spruce, with Pastor Jack Gilstrap officiating. Interment will follow in Prariedale Cemetery in Talmage.
The family suggests memorial contributions in his name be made to Dickinson County Heritage Center, Central Kansas Free Fair, The Shivers Foundation, Kansas Auctioneer Association, First Baptist Church, or donation of choice. They may be left at the church the day of the service or left at or sent in care of Danner Funeral Home, P.O. Box 758 Abilene, Kansas 67410.