Ronald Gene Karther

1956 – 2024

Ronald Gene Karther of Edmond, OK, was born December 29, 1956, and passed away on February 15, 2024.

Ronald was born in Poteau, OK to Robert and Erma Karther and was raised in Kansas City, Missouri.  He was a graduate of the class of 1975 from Winnetonka High School in Kansas City, MO.

He began working at Purina Mills at the age of 18. He started as a floor sweeper, and retired in 2014 as a Production Manager. Throughout his career while working for Purina, Ron would travel from Missouri to Texas, to Louisiana, and finally settling in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Along the way he fathered four children, Damon, Dariann, Daniel, and Devin.  In 2008 he found the love of his life Susan, who he married shortly there after in 2010. Upon marrying Susan, they lived in Edmond, OK with her son Nathan Reed.

Ron was a kind, generous, and selfless person who was always looking to help others. He enjoyed fishing, camping, traveling with Susan, gardening, carpentry, or any DIY project. In Ron’s retirement he and Susan began refurbishing houses, which upon completion, they would then rent out. Ron was very hands on with any project doing much of the work himself.   As was his way, he would take the time to patiently teach Susan how to do a lot of the work herself. 

He was a prankster and always enjoyed having a good laugh. He loved cooking, canning, grilling, and smoking meat. He enjoyed trying new recipes together with Susan from the haul of vegetables from their garden. As many people know they shared the abundant garden goodies with family, friends, and neighbors.

Ron was at his best when he was with his family. He always made time for his kids, grandkids, and siblings and never missed an opportunity to support them. Ron was loved by friends and family for his sense of humor, willingness to help others, and his child-like exuberance. He was a loving and devoted husband, caring father, proud grandparent, and loyal friend.

He will be forever missed and live on in the ones he loved. He will always be remembered for his kindness and willingness to help others, along with the love he shared with his family.

Ron is survived by his wife, Susan Karther.  His children Damon (Ashley) Karther, Dariann (Chris) Ricer, Daniel (Jennifer) Karther,  Devin Karther, and Nathan (Rachael) Reed; eleven grandchildren; parents Robert and Erma Karther; siblings Don (Anna) Karther, and Frances (Gregory) O’Rear, many nieces, nephews, and cousins and countless friends.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 23, 2024 at Matthews Funeral Home Chapel, Edmond, Oklahoma.

We will be live streaming this service. To watch the service CLICK HERE to go to our YouTube page. Click on ‘Videos’, then ‘Live Streams’.

10 thoughts on “Ronald Gene Karther”

  1. He was the best grampa ever. he took me and my brother fishing. and he took me and my brother to the store to get candy that was the 2 best memories I have ever. I will always love I him.

  2. Ron we will miss your pepper jelly and pepper flake seasoning! They were SO spicy, but we’ll never forget the story that went with it!
    We love you!

  3. We love you and miss you papa Ron! I’ll always remember the fun times we had together!
    One specific memory I have of you is when we went to the lake and you tried flinging us off of the innertube, but unsuccessfully.
    Love you,

  4. He was an awesome grandpa and was really fun. He always loved to come to our birthday parties. He loved to hang out with us.
    I will really miss him a lot.

  5. Papa was the best grandpa ever. He was always fun. He was always funny too. I will always remember you and the fun we had. I will always think of you when I’m gardening and remember all the stories we swapped about what we grew. Love you. – Sunshine

  6. Papa Ron was a nice man. I remember when we went over to Papa’s house every other Sunday for dinner and we would play in the backyard. We also had some SPICY jelly that he made and it was insanely spicy, but had good taste if you could taste it through the spice. I Love and will always remember him-Garland

  7. Dad, I love you. May your soul find rest and peace.
    A funny memory I’d like to share is when you came camping with me and Ashley and the kids. We were sitting around the camp where the fire had been but it was mid-morning. Ashley glanced over at you and told you there was a turkey right next to you. You thought she was kidding and did the usually YEAH and rolled your eyes just in time to see the turkey right at your elbow. You screamed, jumped up, and ran across the camp grounds.
    You could always be counted on for a good laugh and fun time. You will be missed.

  8. Ron,

    It was such a pleasure to have you as a brother-in-law (for all intents and purposes) for these all-too-brief 5 years. You were always such a fun person and so welcoming. Holidays just won’t be the same without your cheery self there, reminding me the outliers always stick together. Susan was blessed to have found you. You will be missed by both Jim and I.

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