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Heavens’ doors have opened to embrace Ronald Leroy “Ronnie” Small, 70, Ottawa, who died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012.  

A Home Going Celebration is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at Bethany Chapel Baptist Church, Ottawa. Friends may pay their respects to Mr. Small from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Dengel & Son Mortuary. Family will meet with friends from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Bethany Chapel Baptist Church. Interment will be at Hope Cemetery, Ottawa.

He was born Monday, Dec. 15, 1941, in Ottawa, the son of George Clayton and Thelma Lucille (Wilson) Small.

Ronnie was a lifelong Ottawa resident.

He graduated from Ottawa High School with the class of 1959.

On Dec. 19, 1962, Ronnie was married to Mary Lois Bell in Albany, Ga. They shared more than 30 years of marriage before divorcing.

When Ronnie was younger, he was employed by Willis Nursery. For 20 years, he worked for the City of Ottawa as a meter reader. He later worked for Ottawa University for 15 years as a custodian, retiring in 2007.

He was a member of Bethany Chapel Baptist Church of Ottawa; and Past Master of Corinthian Lodge No. 12, Free & Accepted Masons of Ottawa. Ronnie also coached little league baseball.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Thelma Small; and sister, Georgetta M. Bartlett.

Survivors include four sons, Tony Hobbs-Small, Hutchinson, Ronald “Clay” Small and wife, Karesse, Nashville, Tenn., Derrick Charles Small, Humboldt, and Daniel R.W. Small, Ottawa; two daughters, Rhonda Lynn Robinson and husband, Aaron “Neal,” Newport News, Va., and Alneata Lucille “Needy” Barrett and husband, Bradley, Lawrence; nephew, Alfred C. Cooper Jr., Gardner, (Ron and Mary raised Alfred in the home); three sisters, Wilma J. Williams, Wichita, Shirley A. McGilbray and husband, Delvin, Wichita, and Willene E. Carter, Wichita; a brother, George C. Small and wife, Undrea, Wichita; a brother-in-law, Earl “Gab” Bartlett, Ottawa; 11 grandchildren, Aryn E. Mask and husband, Adrian, Maxine C. Robinson, Tiara A. Barrett, Sharquez Brobst-Small, DesiRae’ Small, Hannah L. Robinson, Madisen J. Barrett, Christen L. Robinson, Chance D. C. Barrett, Aysia D. Small and Isaac D. L. Small; and two great-grandchildren, Alisha R. Mask and Adrian R. “Trey” Mask, III.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Ronald L. Small Memorial Fund through Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory St., Ottawa KS 66067.  

An online guest book is available at Condolences may be made at

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