Ronald H. Woolsey

June 25, 1938 - April 9, 2021
Ronald Woolsey

Ronald Howell Woolsey of Oronogo, MO left this life for Heaven on Friday evening April 9th, 2021. Ron was born on June 25th, 1938 in Prosperity, MO to the late Wilma & Leonard (Buck) Woolsey. After Buck passed Wilma married Carl (Toots) Woolsey.Being born into a long line of gifted musicians, his roots instilled in him a lifelong passion for singing. He and his brothers enjoyed performing and jamming together throughout the years. A gifted storyteller, he spent many a summer night by the bonfire entertaining family and friends with vivid tales, jokes and songs from long ago. He had a way of cherishing and savoring life that made him unforgettable. He was also an avid bowler, playing in leagues for over 40 years. Along with bowling many perfect 300 games, he became a member of the Bowling Hall of Fame. He was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and fishing. He loved the Lord and his family, with whom he attended Christ’s Church of Oronogo. Warm and welcoming by nature, his generosity knew no limits. He was a friend of the world who never met a stranger.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Robert (Bobbie Lee) Woolsey, and son-in-law Bob Owen. Ron is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Shirley (Pearson) Woolsey. Three children, Randy Choate, Betsy Owen, Tammy (Roy) Maples. Four grandchildren that enriched his life so much, Mandy Brown (Blake Iman), Brittany (Grant) Pierson, Felicia Owen & Cody Maples. Three great-grandchildren that always put a smile on his face, Lily, Annabelle & Gabriel Pierson. Three brothers, Leon (June) Woolsey, Royal Woolsey (Christine), Carl Jr. Craig (Karen). And many more family and friends that he loved dearly.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1pm Friday, April 23rd, 2021 at Simpson Funeral Home of Webb City. Services are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home in Webb City. Visit for online condolences.