Ronald L. Small celebrated his 70th birthday with a reception and barbecue dinner Dec. 17, 2011, at the home of his lifelong friends, Mona and Lester Edwards, Ottawa.

His six children and their spouses played host to the event, Tony Hobbs (Theresa), Ronald C. Small (Karesse), Derrick Small, Rhonda Small Robinson (Aaron), Alneata Small Barrett (Bradley) and Daniel Small.

In attendance were more than 50 friends and family members from Ottawa, Wichita, Lawrence, Kansas City, Mo., and Nashville, Tenn. Four of his 10 grandchildren and three of his siblings, George C. Small, Wilma Small Williams and Shirley Small McGilbray, also attended.

Ronald is a lifelong Ottawa resident. Thanks to all who celebrated with him on this special occasion.