In loving memory of

Ronald Paul "Ron" Herring
March 19, 1946 - November 8, 2021

Ronald P. "Ron" Herring, 75, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away peacefully on November 8, 2021, at home.

A Celebration of Ron's Life will be held on Thursday, November 18, 2021 from 4 to 7 P.M. at the Timber Center in Maquoketa. Cocktails and horsd'ouvres will be served. Cremation rites have been accorded. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Ronald Paul Herring was born on March 19, 1946 in Moline, Illinois to Hubert Francis and Margaret Faye (Jones) Herring. He grew up in Moline and at an early age developed a love for basketball. He was a 1964 graduate of Moline High School where he was an All-State basketball player. He then attended the University of North Dakota where he continued his basketball career and earned Hall of Fame honors with the 1966 basketball team. He graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1969. It was during this same time that something else caught his eye. He met and married Mary Corwin on June 15, 1968 in Fargo, North Dakota. Two children were born to this union, Shelly and Robert.

Ron worked as a teacher and basketball coach completed this career at Fargo (ND) South High School. He continued his career managing a chain of motels, ending it as a financial planner.

Above all Ron loved spending time with his family, especially at their summer home on Lake Melissa, MN. Coming in a close second was his love of sports. Time spent with like-minded family members participating, watching, or discussing sporting events was one of his favorite pastimes. He also enjoyed working with kids. Following his retirement, he spent 5 years volunteering in the classroom at Orchard Hill Elementary in Cedar Falls IA. Upon moving to Maquoketa, he volunteered with both boys' and girls' basketball teams as well as his grandchildren's traveling basketball teams. He loved golf. He was very proud to shoot his age each of the past 4 years and delighted to see his grandchildren taking up the sport. He was pleased to be close enough for monthly lunches with his Moline HS friends.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Mary Herring of Maquoketa, IA; children, Shelly Herring Hinz of Maquoketa, IA, and Robert (Carrie Sheehy) Herring of Maquoketa, IA; 5 grandchildren, Ryan, Jordan, and Madie Herring, Tyler and Brody Hinz; a sister, Ruth (Dave) Gould of Milan, IL; a brother, Richard (Jima) Herring of CO and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Raymond.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the Ron Herring Memorial Fund will be used towards the Maquoketa Boys and Girls High School Basketball programs.

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Reed Satrom wrote on Nov 18, 2021:

"I met Ron and Mary at lake Melisa years ago. Our parents had cabins on the lake and we became friends with our then little kids playing together at each other?s places. They grew up together and have a bonding friendship to this day. How special watching our families grow together?? Grandpas and grandmas telling there stories were precious. Robert went to Clifford-Galesburg his senior year with my son Nathan and he lived with us. Special times for our families. Nate and Bob played on the same team winning a tournament and come very close to going I think to state. Ron and Mary would come to every game. I began to understand the talent Ron had as a past coach and I listened. He was spot on. Ron was a coaches coach. Ron was competitive but a sportsman and above all a gentleman. Great times. I?m thankful for visiting Ron and Mary last winter they were wonderful hosts. In closing thank you Ron for sharing your family with us I am saddened it ended so unexpectedly. I?m sure your enjoying a good round of golf maybe with my dad. Keep an eye from up there on us and I?ll do my best watching and helping our families down here. RIP and god bless. Reed Satroms"

S. A. Ferry wrote on Nov 17, 2021:

"Mary & Ruth, I will plan to attend the Celebration of Life tribute to Ron 4pm Thursday, 18 November 2021. I have 6.5-decades (1955--66+ years) of memories: Roosevelt Elementary-Dad's Club Baseball Program & Patrol Boys; 3-years-Coolidge Junior High; 3-years-Moline High School (MHS); 55th MHS class reunion, our last supper, The Lodge at The Conservancy in Milan, IL.August 8, 2019. "

Wayne and Nancy Wagoner wrote on Nov 11, 2021:

"Mary and Family, You have our deepest sympathy. I was so impressed with Ron's friendly smile and his willingness to carry those big, beautiful plants each year to the garden show at the fair. God bless you and give you His peace. Nancy and Wayne Wagoner "

Kathie (Powers) Brown wrote on Nov 11, 2021:

"Ron was a good friend through school and a wonderful point guard on our basketball team at Moline High School. As a cheerleader I got to travel and enjoy watching him in all the games. He was always cheerful and friendly and will be missed by everyone who knew him for sure. My sympathy and prayers to your family. God bless. Kathie (Powers) Brown, MHS Class of '64 "

Denise Heller wrote on Nov 11, 2021:

"I was lucky enough to be able to call him "Dad". The father of my best friend Shelly. He and Mary never treated me as a guest....They've always treated me as part of the family. You will forever have a place in my heart. Love you "Dad""

Marie Goulet wrote on Nov 11, 2021:

"We offer our sincere sympathies in the passing of Ronald Paul ?Ron? Herring. He successfully carried out many roles: husband, dad, son, coach, team player, friend, and neighbor. What a great human being. We are privileged that his and our paths touched. Ron was a talented, sincere, and helpful person. Ron was a unique individual in heart and soul. He took ordinary tasks and executed them with compassion and energy. Mary, our prayers are with you, your family, and Ron?s friends. With love from Marie Goulet & Tim Kean "

Ron Jump wrote on Nov 11, 2021:

"Mary, Ruth, and family - Very saddened to hear of Ron's passing and you have my sincere condolences. Have known Ron since junior high school. He made friends easily with his pleasant, pleasing, friendly personality and I was proud to call him a friend. Ron Jump. MHS 64."

Linda and Jay Kiesow wrote on Nov 10, 2021:

"We are very sorry for your loss. "

Diane Frandsen wrote on Nov 10, 2021:

"So sorry for your loss."

Anna Otteman wrote on Nov 10, 2021:

"So sorry for your loss, Mary. Wish I could be there and give you a hug. Ann Otteman"

Jim Farrell wrote on Nov 10, 2021:

"So sorry for all your family Mary. I had great respect for Ron and enjoyed all of his stories and achievements in life. Not only a great friend, Ron enjoyed helping and teaching others. Praying for you all. Jim & Nancy Farrell"

Tod Bowman wrote on Nov 10, 2021:

"Mary, Bob and family, My deepest condolences. I have great respect for Ron. I was able to enjoy watching Ron do something he was very passionate about? coaching. He was a great person, who loved to help our young basketball players develop. He shared many great stories with the girls to help them understand the game better. Addie was touched by his community spirit. Thinking of you during this very difficult time. Tod Bowman"