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Ronald Anthony Major

March 22, 1949January 31, 2021

Ronald Anthony Major (Ronnie), at the age of 71 passed away on January 31st, 2021. He received his promotion from his earthly home where he resided most of his life in Rochester Hills with his younger years growing up in Troy, Michigan. He now is with our Savior in a mansion built for each of us in glory. He is in the company with angels singing perhaps receiving some lessons as he struggled to carry a tune.

Ronald was born in Detroit, Michigan on March 22nd, 1949 and graduated from Troy High the class of 1968. He met his future wife, Diane McKenzie while coaching youth baseball. With a bunch of children by her mother’s side walking to the stands Ron thought the kids were all from the neighborhood. He was partially right but it was the entire McKenzie family, 11 children at the time. Ron could not muster the courage to ask her out so he had Diane’s brother, Greg who was on the team to do it for him. As the story goes, she said yes and they were married on July 24th, 1971. This coming July would have been their golden anniversary, 50 years that they were looking forward to celebrating.

He loved playing baseball and coaching in his younger years including coaching his own children. Ron loved to fish, hunt and work in his garage completing woodworking including constructing his own wood canoe. Ron was a kind, jovial, and loving man who volunteered his time for many friends, family and organizations. This included several years serving as a Deacon for the Waterford Church of Christ and one of the acting Directors of the Michigan Sunset International Bible Institute. He enjoyed shows about Alaska and was able to realize his dream of traveling there twice where he basked in the beauty of the land and catching king salmon and halibut.

His love for his family was second to his devotion to the Lord. One would say raising a family was his proudest accomplishment in his life. He is survived by his wife Diane McKenzie Major and his children Sherrie Van Buren (deceased F Clark Van Buren), Louis Major (Jennifer), Brandon Major (Chrissy). A loving father who taught them about life, an honest day’s work, being kind to others, life's joys and its difficulties and most of all about God. He is survived by his grandchildren Chad, Adam, Tru, Sammy, McKayla, Josiah, Gracelyn and Isaac. He is survived by his siblings Louis Major (Dorothy), Lurana Munyan (deceased – Gerald Munyan), Johnny Major (Peggy). He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Elizabeth Major. His brother Raymond Major (Madeline) and sister Lucille Huffman (Stanley). Ron was born into a large family and married into one as well. He loved each and every friend and family member. One of the joys of life is knowing you are loved and also loving one another. He will be dearly missed. A memorial service will be held at a later date.


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Wanda Pruitt

February 8, 2021

Ron was a friendly and warm person, We enjoyed going to Bible study at Ron and Dianes house. Love you both and pray for Diane. Love, Wanda and Charles

Benita Veihl

February 7, 2021

Diane and family,

May the memories of the wonderful times shared with your loved one,
give peace to you and your family, today and always.

We were so blessed by your gift of friendship, remembering times,
especially when we would gather at Stan and Lucy's.
savoring a delicious meal, only later to gather around the crackling
campfire, embracing our friendship with love and laughter, making
memories, ones never to be forgotten.

Thinking of you with heartfelt condolences. May you sense God's loving hand
and be comforted. Love and prayers- Randy and Benita

Dana Laikind

February 7, 2021

I came to know Ron through the Stephen’s Ministry. Through it I learned that he’s a kind and caring man and I learned from him how to be more caring about others. It was wonderful seeing him Sunday mornings greeting everyone as they came in to Worship.

Arlene Ball

February 6, 2021

Ron was such an important part of the Waterford Church of Christ . Jovial was an excellent word to describe him. His was often one of the first greetings we all received each Sunday morning.. I can picture that soft spoken demeanor and his smile. I always enjoyed talking with him. I also appreciate his promotion of the Sunset Bible School. We also shared some Troy connections. Ron will be greatly missed. Our deepest sympathy to Diane and his family who will definitely feel a huge loss.. But we also rejoice that he is now pain free , in a new body and in his heavenly home.

Kim Vagts

February 6, 2021

Praying for you Diane and all your family. Will really miss Ron, his smiling face and kind words and looking out for us at the front desk in church. May the good Lord bless you with comfort and strength in the days to come.🙏♥️🙏 Love Kim V

Dawn Lightfoot

February 6, 2021

My dear brother in law.
This is so hard for me.You have always been there for me and i'm so thankful you have been a part of our family.I'm going to miss you calling you my favorite brother in law.As you know you always were.I know you have to go ,but letting go is so hard.Thank you for always taking the time to show how you loved me, I will remember all the good times we have had, God is gaining a great man . I know they will all be happy to see you again,but it is breaking my heart.
Until we meet again, know that you are loved and going to be missed.
I love You my favorite brother in law...

Kim Morgan

February 6, 2021

I remember working together on the Stephen Ministry at Rochester. Both Ron and Diane were wonderful examples of God's love and service. I will miss Ron and his kind heart.

Jessica Mckenzie

February 5, 2021

Hello I'm Jessica Mckenzie.. Ron's Niece In law.. I loved being around Uncle Ron.. I work at Troy Beaumont and when ever he was in the hospital for different procedures through out the years.. He would tell the nurses about me.. . I would always find my way up to his room to check on him.. Every time I came in and saw him.. I would say.. We need to stop meeting like this and for him to get better... And he would call me trouble.. I love him like blood
.. I going to miss you so much.. See you again someday .. Love Jessica Mckenzie

Lisa Kennedy

February 5, 2021

Such a tender hearted man! Always called me “smiley “. I smile now because I know he is in peace with the Lord. May God be with Diane and her family and find comfort through this time. Ron was always here for me, and I’m here for you. — Lisa Kennedy

mike major

February 5, 2021

got to say in 1970 if it wasn't for him talking my dad into helping him coach my team i probably wouldn't have played baseball. He taught me well.He was a good uncle to have around. Definitely will be missed