Ronald Walter Lea, age 86, of Bellevue, MI, went to heaven to meet his Lord on Wednesday, January 19, 2022.
Ron was born in Charlotte, MI, on August 9, 1935, the son of the late J. Lea and Helen (Kellogg) Lea. He grew up in the Charlotte area. He worked at the Charlotte Chair Company as a woodworking craftsman. He was a builder for many years, building homes in Battle Creek, Bellevue, Charlotte, and the surrounding communities. Ron was a member of Bellevue First Baptist Church. He belonged to the Bellevue Conservation Club and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He was united in marriage with Alvetta Lea on April 15, 1955. Alvetta preceded him in death on January 7, 2019. He was also preceded in death by his son, Carl Lea; and siblings, Jay Lea, Charlotte Towe, and Joyce Towe.
He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and loved spending time with his family.
Left to cherish his memory are children, Ronald (Rosa) Lea, Terrie (Dave) Martens, Tammie Gibson, and Tina (Jeff) Scott; daughter-in-law, Diana Lea; sixteen grandchildren; thirty-six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson; and one brother, Albert Lea.
Friends may visit with the family from 12 – 1 p.m. on Friday, January 21, 2022 at Bellevue First Baptist Church, 122 S Main St, Bellevue, MI 49021. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, following the visitation. Pastor Don Francis will officiate the service. Memorial contributions may be given to Oaklawn Hospice or Bellevue First Baptist Church. Arrangements were entrusted to Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services, 205 N Elizabeth St, Bellevue, MI 49021. Please go to https://www.kempffuneralhome.com to view the online obituary, sign the guest book, or leave messages for the family.
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