Ronald Gene Burnett

August 14, 1961January 6, 2020

Ronald Gene Burnett, 58, of Polk City, died on January 6, 2020, at Polk City Nursing & Rehabilitation.

Ronnie was born on August 14, 1961, in Des Moines to Kenneth Russell and Madeline Lorraine (Pray) Burnett. He graduated from Ruby Van Meter High School and lived in West Des Moines, Ankeny, and Arizona. Ronnie worked for several years at Baker’s Cafeteria in Des Moines.

He had many hobbies, which included fishing and cheering for the Kansas City Chiefs. He also enjoyed coloring with his markers, sorting his flash cards, and playing with his red firetrucks. Ronnie loved music and helping around the house by doing dishes, picking up sticks, and mowing the lawn.

Ronnie is survived by his brother Dick (Bobbie) Burnett; sisters Linda Cain, Jan Davis, and Joyce Pardock; and several nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 9, at McLaren’s Resthaven Chapel. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday morning until service time. Burial will follow at Resthaven Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Special Olympics of Iowa or Reece’s Rainbow.

Ronnie’s family would like to thank the nursing staff at Polk City Nursing & Rehabilitation for the care and compassion that they provided to Ronnie over the past three years.


  • Special Olympics of Iowa
  • Reece's Rainbow


  • Visitation Thursday, January 9, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, January 9, 2020


Ronald Gene Burnett

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Margo Jones (Farrell)

January 16, 2020

Linda I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope you remember me. We went to Sacred Heart School together. Praying for your family at this difficult time.

Sandy Clark

January 16, 2020

I just wanted to express my sympathy to you and your family on the death of your brother Ronnie.
Keeping you in thought and prayer.

Kathy Bush

January 8, 2020

I was blessed to know Ronnie. As the regional nurse for Polk city nursing and rehab I got to know Ronnie. He had that infectious smile and was ALWAYS a pleasure to take care of. His family are also AMAZING and provided so much support for him. He will be so missed at the nursing home but we all knew he was ready to gain his angel wings! Fly high Ronnie we love you and your family!
Kathy Bush RN


January 7, 2020

One of my fondest memories of Ronnie when he was in my life is when I took him for what I believe was his one & only motorcycle ride! It started out being just around the block but he was thrilled, excited and having such a wonderful time that we were gone longer than expected. His mom, Madeline, was most concerned but Ron rode behind me hanging on tight from beginning to end! He was a great guy and is finally reunited with his mom n dad in Heaven! RIP Ronnie