Ronald Gene Jump
April 22, 1958 – April 29, 2020
Ron’s Memorial Service will be Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 4pm at The Meadowbrook Inn of Prairie Village, KS. Celebration of Life will continue at the Jump Residence beginning at 5pm in Prairie Village KS. Please wear blue or tropical casual clothing to honor Ron.
Ron was born and spent his childhood in Colorado. Camping and fishing in the National Parks was a highlight of his younger years. He moved to San Diego to attend San Diego State University. He majored in Business Administration and started his career in telecom supply chain and is a CPM. He worked for several large telecom companies and then went into sales mostly targeting startups which was very exciting for him and provided a lot of job opportunity and travel overseas.
Ron’s career in telecom gradually ended and he and his wife decided to invest in property in Prairie Village and do some “flipping”. He had an eye for decorating and could choose finishes, paint, tile, stain and kitchen granite as well as the HGTV celebrities. As the houses were flipped and ready for new occupants he was always friendly to his tenants and really enjoyed encouraging them to buy their own house as their life progressed. He spoke at several conferences attended by prospective flippers and presented his methods of investing. Ron enjoyed wood working projects, landscaping and planting design, home remodeling and design builds, all Mexican food and cooking and grilling. He grilled all year and also was a pro at homemade fried chicken, stuffing, chicken noodle soup, meatloaf, tacos, ribs, beans, French onion soup and prime rib.
His love of travel and music was infectious. If he wasn’t on an adventure travel trip, he was planning the next one. He liked to attend concerts and traveled to Europe and across the US with his loving wife to attend music venues. Music was his passion and he enjoyed new artists, jazz, R & B, rock and “some” country.
He was preceded in death by his mother Darlene Jump of Colorado.
Ron leaves behind his wife Alison of nearly 15 years, three children, a grandson, his father Jerry Jump, his siblings Cheryl Duval (Don), James Jump (Holly) and his twin Don Jump.
In lieu of flowers Ron’s charity of choice is the Overland Park Arboretum in Overland Park Kansas. He enjoyed the beautiful gardens and walking paths that the Arboretum has created in a rural and beautiful setting. His memory will be kept alive in the trees and plants of the Arboretum.
- Overland Park Arboretum
Celebration of Life
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Inn at Meadowbrook
Ronald Gene Jump
August 5, 2020
Ron worked for me at FORE Systems. We became fast friends, probably because we were so much alike. We both liked music, cooking, wine and gardening(even though we were both very aggressive and competitive in our careers). I’ll never forgot when I went to KC to join the local team celebrate a Christmas party at Plaza Three steakhouse. I saw the waiter bring out a bottle of wine wrapped in white tissue paper and thought, oh oh, that looks expensive. I also knew immediately knew that it had to be Ron who ordered it because
1) he had good taste and 2) only Ron knew his stuff with the good wines. Well he blew my budget that night but we laughed about it for years afterwards. My wife and I had the privilege of joining Alison and Ron at a music venue in Chicago last summer . I feel so blessed that we got to share that experience. It had been a long time since Ron and I got together and was a pleasure meeting Alison. Ron always gushed about what amazing woman she was. He was right.
Doug & Cathy Kellermann
August 1, 2020
Ron and I met in about 1985 at North Supply in Gardner, Kansas. Ron was instrumental in my career development in telecommunications. Our work relationship developed into a lifelong friendship.
My first outside sales job was replacing Ron following his promotion to the National Account Sales team at North Supply. The territory I inherited from Ron covered Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Wyoming out of our Gardner HQ.
After working at North, Ron recommended me for a job that moved me from KC to DC. Subsequently I worked directly for him at two other companies. One of which required me to spend a significant amount of time traveling from DC to KC. Ron always invited me to his home to share a meal with his family when I was in KC.
I learned a lot from Ron on the art of being a sales professional. We shared significant professional and financial success working together. But the development of our personal relationship over the years was the most fulfilling. My wife Cathy and I were honored to participate in the ceremony when Ron and Allison married.
I was very happy for Ron and Allison when they developed Ron’s passion for woodworking and refurbishing into a successful second career in the real estate business.
Living half-way across the country from each other didn’t allow us to spend as much time together as we would have liked but we stayed in touch, talking a few times a year.
It is much too soon to lose him. I will miss him very much.
August 1, 2020
I so enjoyed Ron's company and diverse experience and knowledge about just about any subject matter. Some of my fondest memories was meeting Ron at O'Neill's while he was waiting for Alison to join him for a second or third round of drinks and dinner. Ron also had a diverse pallet. Knowing his experience as a chef I always thought he was a fan of the finer food items, but then one evening we ordered dinner and Ron orders a hot dog off the children's menu, no less! This wasn't the only time! On another occasion I was there with a friend from Dallas, also a fan of Ron, so when he orders a hot dog, she did too! I have never seen her eat a hot dog or any "processed meat" in the 8 years I've know her, but she validated Ron's choice by devouring it as quickly as he did and they both agree they were great! I can't help but think about ordering a hot dog in Ron's memory each time I'm at O'Neill's! I miss you buddy, and I sure hope the hot dogs in heaven are as good as the ones at O'Neill's?
July 30, 2020
I’m flooded with memories of Ron. The beach front rental in PB. David being bit by a jellyfish and the ice cream incident with Michael & Reggie. Vegas trip for Ron and Alison’s wedding. Lots of gatherings over at the Penasquitos house when Alison & Ron were in town. Thanksgiving holiday in Dallas.
Our adventure to Alaska topped most trips with the Jump family. A week full of dinners, excursions and family time.
Love you Ron. Until we meet again.
July 27, 2020
Ron and his twin brother Don were 5 years younger than myself, so they had the stories to tell of how abusive l was to them growing up. I only remember what a pain in the neck they were.
Then, as happens, we become adults with families and careers. The times together then are full of wonderful memories, good food and business philosophies.
Ron left us too soon...there would’ve been a concert on the moon he would have talked me into going to with him. Bye Little Brother!