In Memory

Ron Sinclair

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04/04/11 11:28 AM #1    

Nancy Steffen (Hendrich)

Ronald J. Sinclair:  22 Aug 1947--09 July 2008, died in Wichita, KS

11/11/11 05:32 PM #2    

MaryLynne Perkins (Ellis)

Wichita Eagle, The (KS) - July 11, 2008


If you needed something built, all you had to do was tell Ron Sinclair what you wanted and he could design it and build it. "He was awesome," said his daughter, Tina Sinclair Blazer. "There wasn't anything he couldn't build. If you'd give him just an idea, he'd put it down on paper. I'd find something on the Internet and say 'The boys need something like this for baseball,' and he'd come up with something better . . . somethin g just perfect." Blazer and her brother, Ronald C. Sinclair, worked with their father in the family business, Sinclair & Sons Custom Welding and Machine Services and took over day-to-day management 18 months ago when he became ill. Ronald J. Sinclair died Wednesday. He was 60. It was his son who talked him into starting the business in 1997. "It was always his dream, and now I wish he had done it sooner," said his wife, Rebecca. Mr. Sinclair had worked at Learjet for 31 years when he was laid off, she said. "Things had gotten tough at work, and he'd been doing a lot of praying about it, wondering what he should do," she said. "He was a very strong Christian, very devoted to the Lord. I remember it was a Wednesday, and he was sitting there at the desk, praying. And the next morning, they fired him. He was so relieved, he finally had an answer. "I remember him talking about what to do next and our oldest son reminded him he'd wanted to start a business all his life. "Ronnie said just take that severance money and go ahead." She said he started the business in his garage and moved to a little shop six months later. Six months after that the company moved to a bigger shop. Sinclair & Sons moved to its current location about three years ago and already has expanded again, she said. The company has more than 40 employees. Blazer said her father was proud of his children and always supportive. "I played softball in high school and college, and I can't remember a game he ever missed," she said. It was his grandkids, however, that truly stole his heart. "He was so proud of my oldest, Jacob," she said. "Jacob is 20 and in the Marine Corps. He travels with the president and guards him on Air Force One. Dad was so proud of that. He told everyone." Blazer and her husband, Travis, also have three younger sons, Briar, Dalton and Garrett. Ronald C. Sinclair and his wife, Leslie, have a son, Connor, and three daughters, Danika, Jacee, and McKinley. Middle son Chad and his wife, Tammy, have two sons, Austin and Dylan. Arrangements are being handled by DeVorss Flanagan-Hunt Mortuary. Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at St. Anne Catholic Church. Funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Anne followed by burial in Resurrection Cemetery. The family has established a memorial with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Kansas Chapter.

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