Ronald Carlton Love

Monday, November 23, 2015

Ronald Carlton Love, of Cassville, died peacefully at Circle of Life Hospice at Legacy Village in Bentonville, Ark., on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015.

He is survived by his loving wife, Linda, of 45 years; sons, Gilbert and Ronald, Jr. of Sacramento, Calif., Dennis of Elkins, Ark., Mark (Wendy) of Forest Hill, Calif.; daughters, Rhonda Love of Tulsa, Lori Carathers (Kevin) of Kellyville, Okla.; a sister, Shirley Gay (Harold) of Springdale; 10 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Ron was born to Gilbert and Rita Love on Oct. 5, 1933, and lived his early life on a turkey ranch in Sacramento enjoying a full and active childhood. He graduated from San Rafael Military Academy. His two great loves were flying and race cars, and he fulfilled them with both passion and expertise. He owned Love's Charter Service in California. When the family moved to Springdale in 1975 he operated an auto repair shop specializing in Fiat Automobiles. He raced cars of many types with many trophies to show for his efforts. In later years he continued his love for flight by mentoring his two good buddies, Dennis and Tim, as they built their own planes.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Ronald, Jr., and a grandson, Dawayne A. Love.

A memorial service was Saturday, Nov. 21, with Heritage Funeral Home, online guest book at www.heritageofnwa,com.

Memorial contributions may be made to Circle of Life Hospice, 1201 NE Legacy Parkway, Bentonville, AR 72712.