R. G. Strawn

07/17/1940 –


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  • Funeral Gathering
Date: 08/15/2019
Time: 5:00 pm
 – 8:00 pm


Ronald Gene “R. G.” Strawn, 79, of Lubbock Texas passed at home August 10, 2019.  Family and friends will gather from 5 pm to 8 pm on Thursday August 15 at Lake Ridge Chapel in Lubbock to celebrate his life and to share memories and stories.  A tribute of R. G.’s life may be found at www.memorialdesigners.net, where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.

Ronald Gene “R.G.” Strawn was born in Lubbock Texas to A.J. and Cathryn Strawn.  He attended school in Lubbock, graduating from Monterey High School’s first graduating class in 1958.  He was in marching band at Monterey and was a volunteer at the Boys Club.  After high school he attended Texas Tech University for 2 years.  At Texas Tech he was active in ROTC.

R.G. married Shirley Von Mize in 1960.  They have one child, a daughter, Tracy Fondren; and two grandchildren Sean Fondren and Beth Burt.

R. G. was employed by Caterpillar equipment dealership West Texas Equipment Company in Lubbock and Amarillo from 1956 until he retired after 44 years with the company. He was an avid bass fisherman, a classic car enthusiast, and a die-hard Red Raider sports fan.  His favorite thing in life was game day with the family around the TV with some of Shirley’s good cooking and everyone cheering on the Raiders.  Ronald and Shirley enjoyed delivering Meals on Wheels with classic car friends and local celebrities.

R. G. is preceded in death by his parents, Andrew Jackson and Cathryn Louise Strawn; and son-in-law John Fondren.

He is survived by his wife Shirley; daughter, Tracy; grandchildren, Sean Fondren, and Beth Burt and her husband, Ryan; siblings, Kenneth Strawn and wife, Rose Ann and their children; Bonnie Bourland and her children; aunt, Juanette Gentry; and multiple cousins.

R. G. will be greatly missed by his family and dear friends Rural and Carolyn Young, Roger Pierce, and many, many, other friends and loved ones.


In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Lubbock Meals on Wheels or South Plains Food Bank.


15 thoughts on “R. G. Strawn”

  1. Ron was such a special man. He had a great sense of humor and always had a smile on his face. We all loved seeing him pull up in his beautiful red Corvette to participate in our Big Wheels Deliver Meals event. The event will not be the same without him this year. Our deepest sympathies to his dear family during this difficult time. -Your friends at Lubbock Meals on Wheels

  2. Although I knew him only for a brief period of time, I will always remember Ron’s sweet smile and personality. I’ll be praying for the Stawn family for comfort and peace. God bless you!

  3. One amazing man. Always had a smile on his face and helped anyone in need. My heart aches for the Strawn family. Prayers to you all for peace and comfort.

  4. Ronald and I married sisters, Shirley and Sandy Mize. That made us brothers-in-law and close family members for life.
    But we had much more in common than just the Mize sisters. We were hunting and fishing buddies, loved to talk guns and cars, and always buddied up at family gatherings…..which were many.
    Ronald was a great brother-in-law and dear friend and will really be missed.

  5. So sorry for your loss. Ronald was a great person and much loved. Prayers for all. Trish Hodnett Varnell

  6. Our deepest sympathies to Shirley and all the family. Ron was such a neat man and always had a smile on his face. He was always ready to help anyone anyway he could. And yes he loved his Red Raiders, we enjoyed talking about baseball. He will be missed and Heaven gained a great guy!! Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Joe and Mary Jo Martin

  7. Bobby & Missy Cunningham

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Shirley and her family during this difficult time.
    Ron was such a nice man
    He and Shirley were great neighbors.

    Bobby & Missy Cunningham

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