Ron Clough, age 77, of Danbury, Iowa, passed away on Monday, September 2, 2019, at his residence of Danbury, Iowa.
A Funeral Service were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the St. John’s United Methodist Church of Mapleton, Iowa. Rev. Jena Finch-Manchester and Pastor Dick Krambeck officiated, with Committal Services following in the Mount Hope Cemetery of Mapleton, Iowa.
The Armstrong – Van Houten Funeral Home of Mapleton, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent to www.armstrongfuneral.com.
Ronald Lloyd Clough, the son of Lloyd W. and Mildred “Midge” J. (Hennagher) Clough, was born November 10, 1941 in Donnan, Iowa.
He grew up and received his education from Hazleton High School graduating with the class of 1960. After graduation he continued his education at Upper Iowa University where he received a B.S. in biology and minors in math and psychology.
On August 18, 1963, Ron was united in marriage to Judy Kimball Stupp in Independence, Iowa. Upon graduating from college in 1964, Ron was offered a teaching position in the Maple Valley CSD and the couple made their home in Danbury, Iowa. They were blessed with four children: Michael, Tracy, Brian and Kathy.
For 36 years Ron was employed as a junior high math teacher and coach at Maple Valley. During the summers, he worked numerous jobs including selling crop insurance for 15 years for Square Deal Insurance when he was done with his summer coaching duties.
In 1995 Ron took a one-year leave from teaching and worked at Brenner’s Electronics in Ida Grove, Iowa. He decided teaching was his true passion and returned to the Maple Valley CSD for another five years before retiring in 2001.
Ron touched the lives of many students whether in the classroom or on the playing field. He was selected as the Outstanding Educator of the Year in 1977.
For five years after retiring from teaching, Ron worked selling educational software for A+ Technologies. During this time, Ron and Judy would live in Texas during the school year and return to Danbury for the summer months.
Ron served as a volunteer fireman and EMT driver on the Danbury fire and ambulance crews. He enjoyed hunting, all things nature related, and was a member of Pheasants Forever.
Ron enjoyed playing a round of golf. He was an avid sports enthusiast who could be found cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Cubs or Iowa State Cyclones. His family came first and foremost.
Ron was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 56 years, Judy Clough of Danbury, IA; his son Michael (Doreen) Clough of Deerfield, IL and their children Hayley and Kyle; son Brian (Mollie) Clough of Omaha, NE and their children Matthew, Evan and Collin; daughter Kathy (Alan) Weber of Mapleton, IA and their children Nicole and Ryan; brother-in-law Edward (Karla) Tweedie of South Lake, TX; sisters-in-law Deanna (Pat) Stupp-Hurst of Cedar Rapids, IA; Sandra Gardner of Waterloo, IA; and Rosemary Potts of Independence, IA; and nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Mildred Clough; his daughter, Tracy Clough; a sister, Barbara Tweedie; a brother, Keith “Casey” (Marlene) Clough; his parents-in-law, Leland Kimball and Dale (Kathy) Stupp; a sister-in-law, Joan Engen; brother-in-law Donald Potts; and aunts and uncles.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ron’s name to God’s Little House (212 South 7th Street, Mapleton, IA 51034).