Ronnie Lee Washington AKA “Dig em”, 65, of Columbia, formerly of Monroe City, passed away at 12:58 p.m. Sunday, May 7, 2023, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia.
A Funeral Ceremony will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13, 2023, at the O’Donnell-Thurman Life Celebration Home in Monroe City. Pastor Paul Washington will officiate. Burial will be at St. Jude’s Cemetery in Monroe City.
Friends and Family are invited to Ronnie’s Life Celebration at a visitation that will be Saturday, May 13, 2023, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
Ronnie was born March 29, 1958, in Hannibal, MO, the son of Clifford E. Talton and Alice V. Washington Talton. She survives.
Other survivors include his Sons, Ronnie L. Washington, Jr. of Columbia, MO, Ryan Washington of Kansas City, MO, his siblings, Connie (Terry) Goodrum of Atlanta, GA, Alene (Dale) Hawkins of Monroe City, MO, Kimberly (Daniel) Burgess of Brentwood, TN, Ed (Lisa) Talton of Monroe City, MO, Clay (Tracy) Talton of Monroe City, MO, Charmaine Talton, of Monroe City, MO, Jermaine (Maria) Talton of Quincy, IL, Granddaughters, Raylah Washington, Brynn Simpson, and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.
Ronnie was preceded in death by his father, Clifford E. Talton, Brother, Adam Talton, and Sister, Kathrine Talton.
Professionally, Ronnie was a Machinist for PepsiCo Quaker until his retirement.
Ronnie had a larger-than-life personality with an infectious smile and funny wit. He was known as “Dig em” and proudly lived up to being the Big Brother. Ronnie loved all sports excelling in track with a 100-meter record that still holds. He was awarded the Monroe City Heisman Trophy for being the best athlete and was known for being fast as grease lightning on the football and track field. He also was awarded many honors as a bodybuilder. He enjoyed swimming and football as a Washington Redskins fan. Ronnie was a master at barbecuing, always taking his time, which he said was the secret to great food. Other interests included mushroom hunting, rabbit hunting and showing off his dance moves to some old school R&B even while wearing his signature cowboy hat and boots. A family man loved by many and giving love back in return, Ronnie will be missed by all.
Ronnie was Christian by Faith.
Pallbearers will be Noah Talton, Jeremiah Talton, TJ Goodrum, Brandan Burgess, Blake Burgess, and CE Talton.
Memorial contributions may be made to O’Donnell-Thurman for funeral expenses.
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