OBITUARY

Ronald Lee Poe

March 10, 1956January 5, 2021
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Ronald Lee Poe was born on March 10, 1956, in Omaha, NE to parents Albert Poe and Effie (Pollard) Poe. On Tuesday, January 5, 2021, Ronald departed this life peacefully after battling a long illness with his wife Deborah by his side. Ronald was fondly called “Ron”, “Ronnie” or “Sarge” by family and friends. Ron received his education in the Omaha Public School system, attending North High School and graduating from Technical High School in 1974. He later continued his education at Bellevue University. After graduating from High School, Ron enlisted in the United States Army acquiring many accommodations and awards as an Army Recruiter including the Army Meritorious Award and the Army Achievement Medal. He served as a recruiter in Omaha, Michigan, and Virginia. After a long and successful military career covering 21 years, in 1995 Ron retired as a Sergeant First Class. After retiring from the military, Ron initially worked in the Insurance industry before embarking on his last professional career in sales at Xerox Corporation. Ron enjoyed a successful career in sales with Xerox achieving many awards to include the most prestigious President’s Club Award, the ultimate sales achievement award. After 17 years with Xerox, Ron retired in 2012 to become an entrepreneur. Ron was an avid golfer and a longtime member of the Cornhusker Golf Club. Ron also served on the Board of Hogan Junior Golf Heroes at Miller Park in Omaha. He was a lifelong “pool shark” and often told stories of his early experience making money in the pool halls as a young man and everyone that knew Ron was familiar with his love of fine cars and rare classics. Ron was dedicated to the community of North Omaha which he grew up in and was involved in the redevelopment efforts of the community. He purchased a commercial property on 33 rd and Parker St. which he hoped to create a business that would have a positive impact on the neighborhood but unfortunately became ill before his dream could come to fruition. The Union for Contemporary Arts dedicated a mural to Ron at the Parker St. location in 2015. Ron was a friend, a mentor, and a buddy to many. He was a jokester, a debater, and “trash- talker”. Ron overflowed with personality and loved to share his knowledge of all things and helped anyone in need. He had a big heart, and some would say a big ego and a big mouth, all the things we loved about him! On November 27th, 2009, Ron was united in matrimony to his wife and soulmate Deborah Williams-Poe whom he spent the rest of his life with. Ron’s favorite saying was “it’s just you and me baby”. Ron and Deb loved to travel, look at new homes, and get ideas, attend car shows, listen to live jazz, and dance together. Ron attended and was a member of several churches over the years and had actively participated in the ministry. He had a strong faith in the Lord and it was the guiding principle in the way he lived his life. Ron received Christ as his personal Savior.

Ron is survived by his loving wife, Deborah Williams-Poe, daughter Makisha Patterson, son, Ryan Poe, and brother Stanley Poe (Michelle). He is preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Effie Poe, brother Robert Collier, sister Sheri Booth, and daughter Nyomi Taylor. He also leaves to cherish his memory stepson, Schyler Kellogg, stepdaughter Tayler Armstrong, grandchildren, Miryah Poe, Christopher Patterson, Keyon Patterson, Zayden Patterson, Autumn Patterson, six bonus grandchildren, niece, LaShawn Booth-Abdo (Nicholas), nephews, Devon Booth and Michael Booth, great and great-great nieces and nephews, many cousins, caregivers Scott Collier and Elaine Ewers, and a host of good friends. A special thank you to A Place at Home, the VA Home-based Healthcare team and attending medical staff at Nebraska Medicine, West-Lawn Hillcrest Funeral Home, and Melvina (Erving) Ward of Undertaking Alternatives Inc.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, January 16, 2021

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  • Burial

    Monday, January 18, 2021

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Dr. Glenn Mitchell

January 18, 2021

I met Ron as a middle school student at Horace Mann Junior High. He later became a worker with an NYC program and assisted in the gymnasium after school. Ron went on to Tech Hi and we remained friends throughout. After his twenty year tour with the Army, he moved into the neighborhood where we continued to discuss who owned the best lawn equipment, best pool table, best cars.
Ron was always a competitor and frequently bragged about how he would out do what ever your best effort. Ron was always appreciated even as a recruiter for the U S Army by providing options for youth who needed a second chance to enter the military. He will long be remembered for his work with students.

Charles Johnson

January 16, 2021

My heartfelt condolences to the Poe family!
Sergeant Poe and I go way back. Our friendship began in high school and remained through US Army Recruiting Command and back to civilian life. We had some good times, always competing and joking with one another. Ron was very comical, and he had no problem reminding you of how smart he was (smile). He's always been like a distant brother and I will miss him. You are a good man Ron...May God bless you and keep your soul!
I love you my brother!
SFC Charles Johnson, aka CJ

Charles & Christine Burton

January 16, 2021

Tina, it’s been so long...... We are very sorry for Ronald’s passing. We thank God for you! You have been there for our friend through it all. You have been a “God Send” for Ronald. We hope you are well and may God continue to bless you through it all.

Our deepest sympathy,

Charles and Christine Burton

Stanley Poe

January 16, 2021

Stanley Poe

January 16, 2021

Fred Falkner

January 16, 2021

Roe and l go way back! He was a true friend. God bless my BROTHER and rest in peace. To the family know, Ron is in a better place and in no more pain. Fred Falkner Jr and family.

Conor Kiser

January 14, 2021

I started working at Xerox right of college, and was on Ron’s sales team. Ron was a great mentor, and was an integral part to my professional career. I learned many things from Ron, but always appreciated the knowledge of life he shared to me. His wisdom has helped shaped me into the person I am today. I am happy he is in a better place, and even more thankful to call him friend.
Thanks for the memories!

Terry Schlemmer

January 14, 2021

Ron has always held a special place in my heart and to many others who have known him. We worked together for many years at Xerox and he was so much fun to work with. His infectious smile and good nature were contagious and helped make our sales team a close knit group. Ron was a man of his word and held in high regard. I'm lucky to have had Ron as a part of my life. RIP my old friend!

Sherry Tipler-Williams

January 13, 2021

Mr. Poe was a hell of a man! He was thoughtful, kind, smart, funny, & truly had the gift of gab. He will be missed by many.

Mecala Livingston

January 13, 2021

Ronald was my best friend for so many years. He would help whenever, whoever. He taught and showed me a lot that are happy memories. RIP my dear friend and may God bless the entire Poe family.

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