Ronald N. Sixberry Sr., 78, of Reese, died Monday morning, January 11, 2016 at St. Mary’s of Michigan in Saginaw. He was born March 7, 1937 in Saginaw, son of the late Nolan R. and Marie (Bull) Sixberry. He was a 1955 graduate of Reese High School. On February 20, 1960 he married the former Esther Powers in Flint. She survives him. Ron served his country with the U.S. Coast Guard for over twenty-two years retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer, W3, in July of 1977. He served with the Coast Guard at many locations in the United States including, Miami, Delaware, New Jersey, Charlevoix, Alaska and Astoia, Oregon. He and his wife moved back to Reese in 2005. He was a member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Bridgeport and while living in LaGrande, Oregon he was a member the Mason’s and the Shrine Club. His hobbies included hunting, fly-fishing and raising horses and mules. He was also an accomplished gunsmith.
Surviving besides his wife Esther is his son, Timothy Sixberry of Santa Clara, CA; three grandchildren, Ryan, Jacob and Tyler Sixberry, one brother, Jim Sixberry and his wife Eve of Clio and one sister, Jeannette Keller and her husband Paul of Reese and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Ron was predeceased by his son, David Sixberry in 2005 and his nephew Mark Fischer.
Cremation has taken place and there are no services or visitation hours scheduled at this time. Ron’s cremains will be interred later with Full Military Honors in the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, MI. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675 or the Shriner’s Hospital. Service and Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Directors, 9940 Saginaw St. Reese, MI. 48757. www.wswfh.com