He was born on July 9, 1951, at Parsons to Verle and Helen (Shaw) Craven. He grew up at Erie and attended Erie schools, graduating from Erie High School in 1969. He attended Kansas State College of Pittsburg (Pittsburg State University) and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1973.
Ron worked as a Kansas state bank examiner from 1973 to 1994. In 1994, he went to work for Commercial Bank, where he managed the branch location at Erie and was still working in the capacity.
He married Shelley Han on Oct. 1, 1983, at First Christian Church at Erie. She survives of the home.
He was a member of First Christian Church in Erie and a past member of Erie Federated Church. He served as the financial secretary at the Christian Church.
Ron was involved in many activities in the Erie community. He was a member of the Erie Kiwanis Club, serving as secretary and past president, the Erie Lodge No. 76 A.F. & A.M. and Erie Chamber of Commerce. He served on the chain crew during Erie High School home football games, supported all extracurricular activities in the Erie school system and was an active participant in the Erie reunion. He was also a member of the Sons of the American Legion, the Fort Scott Consistory and the Mirza Shine in Pittsburg.
Ron loved dogs, hunting, fishing and traveling.
Other survivors include a daughter, Ashley Craven of Wichita; a brother, Randy Craven and his wife, JoAnn, of Augusta; a sister, Linda Tredway of Friendswood, Texas; his mother-in-law, Phyllis Han of Erie; two brothers-in-law, Kevin Han, and his wife, Rhonda, of Topeka and Shawn Han, and his wife, Christi, of Erie; and nieces and nephews, Chad Tredway, and his wife, Sabrina, Courtney English and her husband, John, Mystique Guerrero and her husband, Rudy, Tiffany Willard and her husband, Joey, Todd Han, Kari Johnson and her husband, Chris, Keegan Han and his wife, Amy.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his father-in-law, W.J. “Jack” Han.
The service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Christian Church in Erie. Burial will follow in East Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Pierce-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Erie. Friends may call after 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to First Christian Church or the Proud Animal Lovers Shelter and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, 113 N. Main St., P.O. Box 182 Erie, 66733.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.