Soard, 81, of Kokomo, passed away on Friday, December 18, 2015, at his home.
He was born on June
23, 1934, in Covington, KY, the son of Charles Rupert and Flora Mae (Brown).
On September 10,
1955, he married Lila Jean Sisson, in Covington, KY, and she survives.
Ronald was a 1952
graduate of Holmes High School in Covington, KY. He went on to graduate from
the University of Kentucky in 1960, with a degree in Electrical Engineering.
He served in the United States Army. Ronald retired in 1997, from Bethlehem
Steel as a Computer Analyst and a Programmer. He was a former member of the
Chesterton United Methodist Church. Ronald then transferred his membership
to the Kokomo Main Street United Methodist Church. While living in
Chesterton, Ronald was a member of the Masonic Lodge and had been a
commissioner and Scout Master in the Duneland Boy Scouts Council. He served
on the Chesterton YMCA Board, and as a delegate for the annual conference of
the United Methodist Church and umpired for Little League Baseball. Since
living in Kokomo, he delivered Meals on Wheels and volunteered with the
Samaritan Care Givers.
Ronald is survived
by his loving wife, Lila Soard, Kokomo; children, Richard Lee Soard, Kokomo,
Rodger Allen (Sue) Soard, Bowling Green, KY, Rae Jean (John) Broderick,
Chicago, IL, Karen Lynn (Russell) Miller, Zeeland, MI, Sandra Kay (Charles)
Rucker, Greenfield, IN; grandchildren, Ryan C. (Lisa) Soard, Elizabeth
Rebecca (Benjamin) Holman, Eric Joseph (Elizabeth) Soard, Angela Susan
Miller, Brian Nelson (Bethany) Miller, Derrick Russel (Laura) Miller, Craig
Edward (April) Plaiss, Travis Robert Plaiss, Megan Elise Broderick, Kathleen
Ann Broderick, Bridgid Colleen Broderick, Clare Maura Broderick, along with
Ronald was preceded
in death by his parents, and sister, Betty Rae Collins.
A celebration of
life service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 22, 2015, at
Main Street United Methodist Church, 830 South Main Street, Kokomo, with
Pastor Duane Carlisle officiating.
Friends are invited
to visit with the family from 10:00 a.m. until time of service on Tuesday at
In lieu of flowers,
memorial contribution may be made in Ronald’s memory to Main Street UMC or
to the American Cancer Society.
Shirley and Stout
Funeral Home Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. Messages
of condolence may be left online at