Ron “Fox” Clinton, 82, of Creston passed away Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at First Presbyterian Church, 702 W. Prairie St., in Creston with Rev. Cynthia Ripperger officiating. Open visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. with family receiving friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Pearson Family Funeral Service and Cremation Center, 809 W. Montgomery St., in Creston. Memorial contributions may be directed to Creston First Presbyterian Church or to the family to be used for athletic scholarships. Online condolences may be left at www.pearsonfuneralhomes.com.
Ronald B. Clinton, the son of Clyde Harold and Violet Cletis (Abercrombie) Clinton, was born on April 4, 1936, in Geary, Oklahoma. His family settled in Council Bluffs when he was four years old. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Council Bluffs in 1954 and Simpson College in Indianola with his bachelor’s degree in 1958.
On June 14, 1958, Ron married Ruth Kinsey in Grimes. Two children, Debra and Carole, would bless this union. In 1959, they moved their young family to Creston, where Ron started teaching at Burton R. Jones Jr. High School.
Ron would later receive his master’s degree from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri. In 1964, he began his long career with Southwestern Community College, where he was a coach, athletic director and teacher. For his lifetime of support to Southwestern Community College, he was the first inductee to the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013, and was also inducted into the Thomas Jefferson High School Hall of Fame. Ron also was a coach for Creston High School during his career. He touched so many lives and he will be missed by many.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife Ruth Clinton of Creston; daughters, Debra Jeske (Scott) of Eagle Grove and Carole Pendegraft of Creston; grandchildren, Caitlin Jeske (Heath Moore), Kelsey Stein (Eric), McKristie Willard (Logan), Hallie Jeske, Jakob Jeske, Alexa Jeske, Addyson Jeske, Clarity Pendegraft and Carlee Pendegraft; great-grandchildren, Aria Stein, Laramie and Madelynn Willard; brother Gary Clinton; sisters-in-law, Jane Clinton and Anne Williams (Floyd); many other relatives and friends.
Preceding Ron in death were his parents and brother Terrell Clinton.