Ronald Antonio Meikle
August 07,1934 - February 14,2019
Obituary for Ronald Antonio Meikle
In loving memory
Ronald Antonio Meikle
Born: August 7, 1934 – Kingston, Jamaica
Passed: February 14, 2019 – Renton, Washington
Ronald passed away on Valentine’s Day, one day before our 61st wedding anniversary.
He is preceded in death by his parents , Victor Meikle and Edna Jackson who had three children together: Dorothy, Ronald and Yvonne. Victor married a second time to Phyllis Charlton, and they had two children: Carolyn and Maurice. Phyllis, Dorothy and Maurice also preceded Ronald in death.
He is survived by his wife Loretta, and two sisters, Yvonne and Carolyn, three children, Myron, Iris and Gary, his two daughter in laws, Janis and Mary, 5 grandchildren, Matthew , Lauren , Connor, Antoinette , Tanner , 2 grandchildren in laws, Lilya and Seth and 4 great granddaughters, Anastasia, Evelyn, Sulamita and Ella.
He had many nieces and nephews and they all loved their “Uncle Ronnie”. He had a big heart with a love for his family that was even bigger.
Ron’s Memorial Celebration of Life
Family and close friends
Saturday March 23, 2019 at 2pm
14123 S. W. 139th St.
Renton, Washington 98056
Final arrangements by Cady Cremation Services and Funeral Home, Kent, Washington.
The lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
For his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the
shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow
me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever
There are many things we can say about our Dad but what stands out, was his love for his family. He was a man who was willing to do what was necessary to provide for those he loved and he loved deeply.
At 16 our Dad left Jamaica and became a merchant marine traveling the seas. His travels eventually brought him to the United States of America where he was reunited with his Father, who had left Jamaica when Dad was very young.
In the summer of 1957, his cousin introduced him to a beautiful young lady she had met while riding the bus to work. Her name was Loretta and she was 19 years old. There must have been sparks as they were married on February 15, 1958. Nine months later I showed up and within three years I had a little sister and a little brother. Our family was complete.
When he came to this country, he had an 8th grade education. He worked very hard and took great pride in whatever he was doing whether it be sweeping floors or driving a delivery truck. He was determined to provide for his family and better himself. He eventually went to night school to study television repair. His strong work ethic was noticed by his supervisors and he was given more opportunities in his new trade, doing Television repair. By day, he made service calls and at night was in our garage, fixing TV’s. Dad started his own business out of that garage.
We lived in a nice neighborhood in Los Angeles with lots of children. Through good times and bad, life was pretty good for us. By this time we had aunts, uncles, cousins and our dad's father was a wonderful grandfather along with his wife, our step grandmother, Phyllis. She was one of the most loving people we knew.
Some of our fondest memories were from this time. We were always impressed by how hard our parents worked and how no obstacle could slow them down for long. Our parents made so many sacrifices to be able to take us on family vacations every year. It was so important to them to connect with our extended families. We took multiple trips to Louisiana where our mom was from. We were also fortunate to visit our family in Jamaica, where Dad was born. We had a lot of great memories in Ensenada, Mexico where we got to go fishing, horseback riding, and flamenco dancing. As 8, 9 and 10 year olds, we had the time of our life.
In looking back on our childhood, we were truly blessed to have had so many opportunities such as Art and Science classes, the Symphony, and the Theatre. It was important to our parents to expose us to as much as they could, as a result, we had a very rich childhood.
There were many important lessons our dad instilled in us. Faith, family, forgiveness and hard work. Oh, let's not forget respect, he was big on respect. As the years went by, we all left home to make our way in the world. We were well equipped with these strong values.
As Dad got older and started to physically decline due to the Kidney failure, he had many ups and downs. In the last few years, you could tell he was ready to give up, but with so many great friends and family it didn't take long for him to bounce right back.
He was truly in his element when the family was together. He loved to eat and watch his 4 great granddaughters. He was very observant and saw something special in each little girl. He was so proud of his family and liked to show us off, which we didn't always agree with, but we did it because it made him happy.
He never gave up on trying to make a buck. Not working was never an option for our dad even when he could barely stand. He loved selling his hot sauce. It drove us crazy; "you don't need to do this dad, just relax". But he got a high from wheeling and dealing. He just loved it!
The day he passed, his granddaughter put a bottle of hot sauce in his pocket as they took him away. Fitting for a man who never gave up on his dreams right to the end. He loved our mother. He loved his sisters and he loved us all. He made friends wherever he went. So many people loved our dad. Who he was and what he was, is who we are.
We are so blessed to have had Ron Meikle in our lives.
We love you Dad.
God looked around his garden
And found an empty place.
He then looked down upon the earth
Saw Ron’s tired face.
He put His arms around him and lifted him to rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful,
He always takes the Best.
He saw the road was getting rough
And the hills were hard to climb.
So he closed Ron’s weary eyelids
And whispered “Peace be thine”.
It broke our hearts to loose Ron.
But he did not go alone.
For a part of us went with him
the day god called him home
Thank you for your prayers, flowers, love and
kind expressions of Sympathy.
Thoughts from a friend
I am just sitting here thinking about the past with my friend Ronald Meikle.
See my dear friend, confidant, mentor, agitator, motivator, and storyteller went to heaven yesterday. There aren't any words that can explain our relationship. Other than my Father, Chester Shaffer or my Uncle Pete this man taught me more about life and how to be a citizen of this place, not a leech on society.
Ronald, or Ronnie as his wonderful wife would call him, was very complex but yet a simple and delightful person. Our political views sometimes clashed but never set us apart and would make great banter back and forth. We could talk for hours and never get tired of each other, our conversations would sometimes start in the late morning... going all day and then we would drive to get dinner and continue when we would get back. He would quietly try to guide and push me in the ways he thought I should go. Sometimes I would other times, "to his disbelief" not so much.
This man was there for almost all my vital and sometimes not so glorious days. He picked me up and would dust me off after I failed or if life threw me curveball. He was there to cheer me on when I did good and counsel me when not. He was honest, and when I needed it contrite. He was fair and when I would come to him for advice he would eagerly give me some. If I did not take it, he was good about letting me know, but made sure I knew he was doing it out of Love, not selfishness.
I could write a book about this man Ron Meikle and his love for his family, his wife (Loretta), his church, my family and lastly me. I have not been the friend I could have been these last couple years. For this I anguish. I do know one thing. Ronald knew I loved him and was one of the luckiest human beings to have been loved by him.
God Bless his family, Loretta Meikle, and my family as we learn to live without him. I will pray for them and hope to see you soon. I for one know this world lost a good one, sometimes cantankerous but also mesmerizing.
I Love you buddy, I will miss you till we meet again in heaven.
Iris Bartlein, Myron Meikle, and Gary I will see you soon and I hope God eases your grief.
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