Ronald Paul Morden

June 20, 1940June 25, 2020

Ronald Morden, 80, died on June 25, 2020, at Arbor Springs in West Des Moines.

Ronald was born on June 20, 1940, in Des Moines to Richard and Beryl (Dillavou) Morden. He attended Drake University and Iowa State University, where he earned a degree in accounting. Ronald retires as Senior Vice President & Treasurer from American Republic Insurance Co. He later worked as the C.F.O. of Prairie Meadows. With his background in accounting, Ronald found his niche as a member of the Des Moines Taxpayer’s Association.

Spending time at Lake Panorama and serving on the LPA Board, traveling, golfing, and singing were all activities he enjoyed in his retirement years. Singing with the Iowa Pride Barbershop Chorus, Jax of Harmony, and Mixed Barbershop Harmony was a treasured part of Ronald’s life.

His parents, son Paul Scott Morden, and his second wife, Jayne Morden, preceded him in death. Surviving Ronald is his daughter Jill (Bob) George of West Des Moines and grandchildren Robbie and Alex (Kheila).

The family would like to express sincere, heartfelt appreciation for the wonderful care and support Ron received from Arbor Springs Dementia Care during his stay there and also Gigi Nelson and Marie Easter for the supportive friendship.

Memorial services will be at 11 am on Thursday, July 2, at McLaren’s Resthaven Chapel in West Des Moines. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm on Wednesday evening at McLaren’s. Burial will be at Resthaven Cemetery. Visitors will need to bring and/or wear facemasks when attending the services and social distance.

Memorials may be given to Youth Justice Initiative at Friends of YJI Friends of YJI 2820 Woodland Avenue WDM, IA 50266 or the Lewy Body Dementia Association.


  • Youth Justice Initiative
  • Lewy Body Dementia Association


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Thursday, July 2, 2020


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Rev. Dennis Shepherd

July 1, 2020

I was honored to have the opportunity to sing in a quartet with Ron at the Panora United Methodist Church in recent years. He made me a better singer and his talents will be missed. I appreciated his friendship and gift of story telling. May his heavenly voice ring out forever.

Barb Waymire

June 29, 2020

Jill and family, we are very sorry to hear of your dad's passing. As an actuary at American Republic I spent many hours in meetings together with him. He was a kind man who was very proud of his family. We pray that you will have peace and comfort in your time of grief.

Barb & Joel Waymire

Martha Wilson

June 27, 2020

Thinking of you and your family Jill.
Your dad sounded like a wonderful man!

Tami Rehberg-Caskey

June 27, 2020

Jill I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad and mine were very good friends, and I know there is a LOT of singing going on now that they are together. We had a lot of good times together. Hugs to you and your family during this difficult time.

Jeffrey Luke

June 26, 2020

So sorry to hear of Ron's passing. He was a great mentor to me. I rode down to Harmony College and roomed with him in 1994. He gave me a special coin which I still have. I went on to serve on the Chous' Board of Directors for 9 years. Ron was an awesome quartet coach, coaching my quartets several times. He will greatly be missed in the Barbershop world.

David Hammel

June 25, 2020

So sorry to hear of this. Loved his singing with the Jax. He coached us many times. We visited him in the retirement home and sang for him last year. Hope his last time was ok. We will miss him.

Robert Uy

June 25, 2020

My condolences to Ron's family and extended barbershop family. He and Jayne were the first coaches of my very first quartet, and I have kept with me much of their sage advice. Here's to a nice guy and a wonderful singer.