The dynamic life of Ronald Lee Kincy ended at home March 3, 2020, after an illness. Ron was the third son of Daniel Carr Kincy, Sr. and Jessie Lee (Jones) Kincy, born in Dallas.
Ron will be remembered for his delightful mix of adventurous spirit, mischievous sense of humor, competitive drive, deep faith in Christ, selfless service and leadership, willingness to tackle any problem and ability to fix just about anything (except plumbing.)
Ron once dreamed of being a professional baseball player and he pitched in fast-pitch softball from youth until 52-years-old. Ron’s on-field competitive streak once earned him the nickname, “The Green Hornet.” He started a softball league or team at many of his workplaces and churches and in his later years pitched to his son-in-law as catcher.
Ron loved singing and played the piano beautifully. From young adulthood and into retirement, he was often heard at the piano or keyboard, playing by ear popular tunes from the 40s through 60s.
Ron sensed a call to Christian ministry at age 16 and he was licensed to preach in the Methodist church. Also at age 16, Ron fell in love with Betty Kinsey and they married immediately after graduating Pleasant Grove High School. They planned for Betty to work while Ron attended Southern Methodist University, with a goal toward full-time ministry. After the birth of their first daughter and a year of college, Ron withdrew from Southern Methodist University in order to work full-time and support his family. The second daughter arrived the next year.
Ron started a 35-year career with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company (SWBT) and was part of the third generation of Kincys at the company. He began as a cable splicer’s helper, working his way up and through the management ranks due to his hard work and ability to solve tough problems. In 1977 Ron took those skills to Iran, on loan to a consulting company helping modernize their telephone system. Ron and Betty returned to Dallas in 1979 and he worked for SWBT until his retirement at age 55.
Travel was a theme for Ron, taking several U.S. road trips while the three girls were growing up. After seeing the third daughter established in college, Ron and Betty expanded their range, starting with the job in Iran. They traveled there as well as parts of the Asia-Pacific region and Europe. In retirement, they traveled in the Holy Land, Australia and New Zealand, as well as cruises in Hawaii and Alaska, and driving trips to national parks and visiting friends.
Throughout his career and into retirement, Ron honored his call to Christ with a fruitful life as a lay church leader, leading Bible study for groups at all ages, and serving in strategic and administrative leadership roles in whatever church he attended. Whether starting a softball team, forming a Christian education program from scratch, or climbing in attics and walls to install the phone and computer systems, Ron was busy building up the church.
Ron and Betty moved to Cedar Creek Lake after retirement. There, they served the community and made numerous friends and Ron was elected to terms as Tool City Councilmember and Mayor. After satisfying the urge to fish and boat, they moved from their waterside home to Cedar Creek Country Club and Ron honed his golf game. At the same time, he and Betty were deeply involved in Cedar Creek Lake UMC and were credited with helping grow the congregation with a new Christian education emphasis, especially to engage families with children. In addition, they hosted children and youth activities, including fish fries at their home.
Following Betty’s death in 2008, friends introduced Ron to Darla Billette Meeks and they were married after a year-long courtship. They enjoyed home, friends and travel and were embraced by two churches, Cedar Creek Lake UMC and Kaufman Church of Christ.
Ron taught his family how to catch and clean fish, water ski, hit a golf ball, tell a goofy joke, pray and more. Most of all, he taught them how to enjoy life, work and play hard and love God and their neighbor.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Daniel C. Kincy, Jr. and Richard E. Kincy, Sr.; wife of 57 years Betty Ruth (Kinsey) Kincy, mother-in-law Mary Redus and stepdaughter Darla Meeks.
Ron is survived by his devoted wife of 10 years, Darla Billette (Redus) Kincy, daughters Linda Goodall (Steve), Rhonda Lucius (Greg) and Janell Mirochna (Conrad), stepsons Bob Meeks (Beverly) and Bill Meeks (Laura), father-in-law Bill Redus, grandchildren are Justin Goodall (Megan), Jarred Goodall (Cheree), Bryant Goodall (Melissa), Travis Lucius, Brynn Law (Mike), Jonathan Lucius (Angel), Lindsey Green-Phelan (Jonny), Eric Mirochna, Matthew Mirochna and Daniel Mirochna, plus 11 great-grandchildren. In addition, he was blessed with numerous step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services were held at Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home, March 7, 2020 followed by graveside service.
Those who wish to remember Ronald Kincy with a donation are invited to give to the Community Food Pantry, P.O. Box 43175, Tool, TX 75143, www.foodpantryintool.org.