Reyers North Valley Chapel

2815 Fuller Ave Ne, Grand Rapids, MI


Ronald Eugene Rhea

March 29, 1939October 6, 2019

Ron Rhea was born on March 29, 1939 and passed away peacefully at home on October 6, 2019 at the age of 80. Ron was the beloved husband to Elaine for 54 years, often surprising her with romantic gestures throughout their life together. He is survived by his brother, Jerry Rhea. Ron was a loving father to Eric (Kathy) and Nicole Sharp. He was loved by his grandchildren Amanda and Ashley and his two great-grandchildren.

He was a proud member of the National Guard for 12 years. Prior to Ron’s retirement, he spent over 30 years working in management and sales with American Aerosol/Guardsman, traveling to Hong Kong and Singapore and many other areas of the world. When it was time for Ron to retire, he invested his time into his true passion, collecting and restoring cars. His cars were displayed in parades and different car shows in Michigan, winning several awards. Along with restoring cars for pure enjoyment, Ron also volunteered a lot of his time at Frederick Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan for over 5 years. He really loved working during the wedding season.

Ron will be missed by all.


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Ronald Eugene Rhea

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Dave Hightower

October 9, 2019

I have many great memories with Ron, he and I shared in our addiction to automobiles and restoration of the older vehicles. Ron was a perfectionist and the finished product always looked like it was brand new. One great memory that I have is when Ron, Ken Gilcrest and I would meet and have lunch together and talk about the good old days when we all worked together.
Ron always made me feel good about myself, and he prepared me for advancement in my position. He was always a true friend and I have so much respect for him and his leadership.
Ron, I already miss you and will never forget about you my friend. You were more than just a friend, you were like a brother that I looked up to.