Ronald A. McGee

Ronald Aubry McGee, of Raytown, MO, died on November 15 at his home, of acute myeloid leukemia.

Ron was born in Kansas City on August 2, 1938 to Jessie Clayton and Terence McGee, who preceded him in death. His beloved stepfather, Cleve Hook also preceded him in death. Ron was raised in Kansas City, served a short stint in the Navy and attended Drury University and Columbia College in New York City. He lived in New York City and northern New Jersey, working in commercial advertising until 2003, when he and his wife Regina Berens moved to the KC area.

Ron will best be remembered for his lively curiosity, the people he nurtured during his life, his deep faith and the cookies he baked for church coffee hours. He was a wonderful husband, father and stepfather and the best of travel companions. He is survived by his wife Regina Berens, his son Matthew McGee of Seattle, his daughter Dierdre Byrne of New York City, his stepson Jonathan Brienza of Des Moines and Jonathan’s wife Diana and their daughter. He is also survived by his brother Terry of Magalia, CA, a sister, Shirley Clements, in Alabama and a stepsister, Lola Rice of Jefferson City.

A funeral mass will be held at 10 AM on January 14, 2017 at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, 16808 Holmes Road, Belton, MO. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church or to SafeHome.


  1. Penny Slaughter on November 17, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Ron was a delightful man to know and will be missed

  2. Ali Wormington on November 18, 2016 at 10:05 am

    I will miss seeing Ron at church with his wonderful cookies. He will be missed by so many. You are in my prayers Regina and family.

  3. Don Wenski on November 18, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Always enjoyed meeting with Ron. Very glad he’s been on the Class of ’56 email group. We will all miss his comments and his and Regina’s travelogues. God Bless you, Ron.

  4. Linda Gilchrist and family on November 19, 2016 at 8:06 am

    We will miss Ron at St. Mary Magdalene!

  5. Harold Bearce on November 20, 2016 at 9:43 am

    I enjoyed the stimulation of his email comments, his religious comments made from deep biblical studies and from the score of pictures of his travels. My memory of him goes way back to grade school. I missed him at our 60th class reunion.
    Harold Bearce.

  6. Harold Bearce on November 20, 2016 at 9:47 am

    I enjoyed Ron’s email comments, his religious comments from his deep biblical studies and the many pictures from this travels with Regina. My memories go way back to grade school. I missed him at our 60th class reunion.

  7. Roberts C. Smith on November 21, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Your best friend was one of ours, too. How lovely he was! How much lovelier he is now, all glorious in the choir!
    Agape, Aloha & Bob

  8. Jerome Pearson on December 7, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Ron was a wonderful friend for more than 60 years; his delightful letters and travel reports lightened my days countless times. I’m sure he also left fond memories in the minds of everyone he touched, especially in the church. We already miss him dearly, but on the bright side, he has now “slipped the surly bonds of Earth…and touched the face of God.”

  9. David Alig on December 15, 2016 at 8:54 am

    It is difficult to think of Sunday mornings at St. Mary Magdalene with the presence of Ron’s gentleness, gentlemanliness, thoughtful conversation, and generous contributions of amazing baked treats. He was a good and godly man. Together he and Regina are much loved and admired by many.

  10. Deborah Marechale on January 13, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Dans toutes les larmes, s’attarde un espoir (Simone de Beauvoir)
    Toutes mes pensees vous accompagnent et
    Mes sinceres condelences,

  11. Loren Beck on January 20, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Loren Beck
    20 January 2017

    Ron and I went to high school, joined the Navy Reserves in Olatha Kansas where we were in basic training. We hung together until we graduated from High School. I went to Arkansas City Jr College and then went into the Air Force. Served 20 years traveling the world over. Served 7 different years in Viet Nam. and retired. Went into Civil Service as a Recreation Director and retired again from the military. Now I live in Rapid City South Dakota. So much to do in a 50 mile area from launching Hot Air Balloons to the Mammoth site. Crazy Horse and Mt. Rushmore fishing in Lake Pactola or the Missouri River. Hunting is great too! Snow skiing in the mountains, to Sturgis Motor Cycle rally. Ron will be missed!!!

  12. Mary Carol Schmidt on January 21, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Ron will be greatly missed. I thoroughly enjoyed talking with him on numerous occasions on a variety of subjects.

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