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Ronald Ames Newsom

09/12/1933 - 09/28/2017
Service Date: 10/06/2017
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: City of Mesa Cemetery, 1212 North Center Street, Mesa, Arizona

Ronald Ames Newsom passed away at his home in Mount Airy, North Carolina on September 28, 2017.

He was born in Hazleton, Pennsylvania to Delia Gray and Harold B. Newsom. While he was in junior high school, they moved to Tipton, Indiana and later to Mesa, Arizona. It was here that he met and married his high school sweetheart, Iris Merrill. They were married for 45 years until her passing. Their surviving nine children are daughter Rene Rhees, sons Jarrett (Nancy), Kevin (Lori), Russell (Kirsten,) and daughters Valery Garff (Richard), Dawn Carpenter (Rick), Rachel Lukowski (Jefri), Michelle Cooley (Tim,) and Pamela Ikeda (Bill).

He is survived by Cynthia, his wife of 18 years. His step-children are Ryan Roundy (Tiffany), Karen McCain (Matthew), Jared Roundy (Robyn) and Patricia Roundy. This large family blessed him with 53 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Ron spent 23 years in the US Air Force where he flew B-52’s for the Strategic Air Command during the ‘Cold War’. After his military service, he returned to BYU where he earned his PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy. He spent the rest of his life counseling people and teaching them to be happy.

He joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in his youth and was actively engaged in serving the Lord until his death. After his second marriage, he and his wife served 3 missions for his church. He loved people and always wanted to help others. He loved the Lord and knew that the way to serve him was to serve others.


  • What a wonderful tribute to your Dad. He was a very special person who loved everyone. I remember my husband saying they lived up to the ranch shortly after his first marriage and what a joy it was to have them close.
    We loved both of your parents even though they were so far away from us. Pat and I both wish we could of been with you yesterday as they were a special part of our lives. Love to your family and prayers and hugs.

  • To all members of the Newsom family; thank you so very much for the opportunity to meet you and share the day with you. Your kindness and inclusiveness was very much appreciated. I want you all to know that we from the Roundy side were all very aware of how much he loved you all and your Mother. When he spent time with us he was very open about how much he loved Iris. We are pleased that they are once again reunited in that love that endures through time and all eternity.

    Thanks to you all as well for the love and kindness you have shown to my Mother over the years. I was proud to have the opportunity to call him Father and for him to be Grandfather to my children. I learned many things from him through his exemplary life. He is the best man I have ever had the honor to be around. We love him very much. I wish you all peace and continued happiness and also hope to one day be in your company again.

    Godspeed Colonel. Turbulence of the mortal realm is behind you. You now have a tail wind. Enjoy the flight Sir….

  • I am sorry for your loss. God promises at Revelations 21:4 that one day death will be no more. I hope this brings you and your family comfort at this difficult time.

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