Ronald D. Fielden
Ronald Duane Fielden, 76, of New Braunfels, formerly of Uvalde, died on Jan. 6, 2018, in New Braunfels, of lung cancer.
He was born on July 26, 1941, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee, to Kathleen (Bayless) and John Harvey Fielden. His early years were spent living with his mother on her parents’ farm in Knoxville while his father was serving in the military during WWII.
At the war’s end, his father returned and took up employment with Stone and Webster Construction. The company moved the family all over the United States, as well as to Brazil for a couple of years. Eventually the family returned to Tennessee, where Fielden lettered in basketball, playing as a forward for the Tampa High School varsity team. A giant of a man, he towered over most of the other players, standing 6’5” tall.
Upon graduation at the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served until he was discharged on July 7, 1964. He married Susan Merritt Deaver on June 7, 1965, in Farmington, New Mexico.
With their marriage, at the age of 23 he became an instant father to three little girls, one of whom had special needs. Fielden made it clear to the entire world that he felt immensely blessed to be part of this family, and to love, nurture, protect and provide for his three little girls alongside their mother. The family says he did so faithfully, tirelessly, and without complaint for his entire life. A few years after their marriage, the couple had a son.
Trying to improve the quality of life for the family, the family moved frequently in search of better employment opportunities. After the children grew up, Fielden and his wife realized a longtime shared dream and moved to Ellensburg, Washington, where they purchased a Snap-On Tool franchise, and resided for many years. Eventually the couple decided to return to Texas. They sold the Washington franchise and purchased one in New Braunfels, where they also purchased land and built their forever home.
As he grew older and experienced health related issues, he sold the Texas Snap-On Tool franchise. Never one to sit idly by, he worked at Home Depot for many years, where the family says he became well-known to co-workers and customers.
As his cancer progressed, he retired from Home Depot in 2016, though not before earning the friendship of many and the grudging respect of all of his co-workers. As long as he was able, he continued to assist his wife in the physical care of their eldest daughter, as well as her special needs husband. As he became increasingly immobile, Fielden learned to use and love his iPad Pro tablet. The family says he was a wizard at Words With Friends, and embraced and blossomed in the many new friendships he established through the game. He was equally engaged in Facebook, and grateful for the ability to keep up with the lives of his family and friends through social media.
Fielden was preceded in death by his father.
He is survived by his mother, of Florida; his wife, of New Braunfels; one brother, John Fielden of Coshocton, Ohio; one sister, Len Thom of Lynn Haven, Florida; three daughters, Jerri Deaver McInerney and husband John, of San Marcos, Katherine Deaver Harrison and husband, Jim, of San Jose, California, and Jackie Deaver Sweeten and husband, Bob, of Camp Wood; one son, Dr. Ron Fielden II of New Braunfels; 10 grandchildren, Jennifer Harrison, Joshua Harrison, Hannah Harrison, Daniel Sweeten, Christopher Sweeten, Rachel Sweeten, Jacob Powell, Tyler Fielden, Hunter Fielden, Haven Fielden; and two great-grandchildren, Daisy Mae Armstrong and Roman Mathias Sweeten.
A service was held yesterday at 2 p.m. in Vance.