Ronald Ray Gann, age 59, died unexpectedly on May 7, 2019 in Athens, Greece. He was just five days into an exciting trip that started in Germany and would have ended in Norway. He even had to get a new passport in order to have enough pages to cover the many must-see places on his bucket list. Ron’s love of learning about different cultures began as a child when he would spend hours reading to escape the hot, Arizona summers. When most students were taking Spanish in school, Ron chose German in hopes he would be stationed there one day. Shortly after graduation, he joined the Army and his love of travel really took hold. He was stationed in Germany and enjoyed the training trips that took him to places like Ireland and Turkey. His traveling days slowed down a bit after the birth of his son, John. Then the trips he took were to help John with developmental needs. While at these clinics, Ron would also take John to see the local monuments and memorials. Ron also enjoyed Civil War re-enactments and would travel around the country to participate when he could. He had a uniform for both the sides as he might be on the South one day and the North the next. In recent years, Ron’s travels took him to places all over the U.S. as well as places around the world such as Ecuador, Nepal, India, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and Mexico. During a lunch just days before he left on this final trip, we were able to share the good news of Griffin’s profession of faith in Jesus with him. He had the biggest smile on his face and was happy to hear that. Our family is comforted in knowing that Ron’s last day was filled with great food, conversation and a beautiful view of the evening skyline in Greece. Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Ivan Ray and Elizabeth Faye Gann and a great-nephew, Christopher Ellison Nuyen II. Ron is survived by his son, John; his sister and brother-in-law, Debbie and Jerry Benson; his brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Jenny Gann; his nieces, Mary Beth Towns (Chad), Lisa Nuyen (Christopher), Crystal Gann (Jeremy Luce) and Laura Hance; his nephews, Curt Hance and Mike Hance; his great-nephews, Brody, Sawyer and Griffin Towns and Kyle, Connor and Ian Nuyen; his great-niece, McKenzie Nuyen and many beloved friends, near and far, from his travels. Graveside service with military honors will be held at 2:00pm, Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Dustin Cemetery, Dustin, Oklahoma. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Mission Marshall Food Pantry or the Read to Ride Program at Mission Marshall, 2109 S. Washington Avenue, Marshall, TX 75670. Online condolences may be offered at www.meadowbrookfh.com
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