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Marrs, Ronald James November 12, 1944 - April 14, 2021

Date of Funeral

April 23, 2021

Memorial Service

Friday, April 23, 2021

2:00 PM

Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bolivar MO

Celebration of Life

Friday, April 23, 2021

5:00 PM

Bolivar Elks Lodge


St. Wenceslaus Cemetery

Bolivar, Missouri

Ronald James Marrs, 76, left this Earth to join his Heavenly Father on April 14, 2021 with his family by his side at his home in Osceola. Ron was born on November 21, 1944 in Omaha, Nebraska to his beloved parents, Clarence Wesley and Annie Grace (Martin) Marrs.


Ron is survived by his wife and the love of his life, Karey Buchholz, to whom 55 years of marriage was recently celebrated on April 11. Ron and Karey have three daughters Tracey Hankins, Springfield, Suzanne Wheeler, Osceola, and Amy Bullock, Clinton.


Ron was preceded in death by his parents, four siblings, Sharon Hurd, Claire Dunavan, Clarence (Buck) Marrs, and Joyce Smith, as well as two grandchildren. Ron leaves a legacy with many beloved family members, Karey, Tracey, Suzie, Amy and husband Andy, ten grandchildren, Kelsey Hutcheson, Katherine Hankins, Colton, Cotton, Cody, & Carleigh Wheeler, Cheyanne McGinnis, Kara Spinar, Wyatt and Monte Bullock, and nine great grandchildren. Ron is also survived by sister-in-law, Kathy Martin, brother-in-law, Roy Hurd, and many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.


Ron was a successful lifetime cattlemen and could calculate the weights and prices of cattle before most people could blink an eye. He started in the business with his father-in-law, John Buchholz, in 1966. Ron continued as a cattle buyer and cattle farmer throughout his life. He was a member of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association where he served the association proudly.


Further, Ron joined the Elk’s Club at the young age of 20 years and continued as a lifetime member. He served as the Exalted Ruler of the Bolivar Elk’s Club for three years. Ron and Karey were members of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bolivar.  Ron enjoyed spending time with his family, which was his number one priority. He loved to play cards and if you met him around the card table, you’d better know when to hold ‘em and know when to fold ‘em or he would surely take your money. He enjoyed being on the farm and checking his cattle.


Ron will be greatly missed by family and friends, however we find peace knowing that he is celebrating in Heaven with our Almighty Father.



  1. REPLY
    Sebastian and Dorothy Lombardo Falls City, Ne. says

    Karey and family, sorry we won’t be able to attend. Just remember the family times together and the love in your heart will take you to the memories you have Ronnie. He will be sadly miss by us and Subby still talks and thinks of the wedding reception he had for you. Girl’s take care of your Mother. Love to all and take care.

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    Mary DeHart says

    Rest In Peace Ronnie. Go rest high on the mountain. Your work on earth is done. Job well done. There are so many memories for your family to cherish. Love and Prayers Karey and girls.

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