Ronald Binch Twelves went to be with his Lord and Savior on Feb. 28, 2017. He lived a grand and honorable life for 76 years. Ron was born Feb. 20, 1941 to William Jennings Twelves and Edna Binch Twelves of Salt Lake City, Utah. He proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corp before attending college. Ron received his Bachelor's Degree at Westminster University along with a Master's of Science in Chemistry from the University of Wyoming in 1967 before moving to Duncan, OK to work for Halliburton Oil.
He called Duncan his home for the majority of his life where he raised his two boys, was a Deacon for the First Presbyterian Church, Chairman of the Board for the Red Cross, Scout Master of B.S. Troop 434 and regularly participated with the Duncan Little Theatre.
Many would know his home as the big white house on Bois D'arc with the giant HAM radio tower obscuring the horizon's view. Early on Saturday mornings, he (W5QOZ) could be found sitting behind a monstrous cabinet of dials, knobs, maps and microphones seeing just how far across the globe he could have a pleasant conversation. World Maps with colored push-pins showing his worldly conversations adorned the walls of the "radio room."
Beyond his love for HAM Radio, he found great enjoyment mentoring young men to live up to their potential with the Boy Scouts of America. He was often away with the Scout Troop hiking across New Mexico or spelunking at Robbers Cave or simply instructing others on how to tie a square knot or how NOT to use a pocket knife. Sundays after church were often spent with his boys sailing a catamaran around Clear Creek Lake, with extra enthusiasm anytime the weatherman declared a "Lake Wind Advisory." Perhaps his most beloved part of life was racing home or to a school function after work to watch his boys. He never missed a single school function or sporting event in which his boys were involved. Whether it was racing GoCarts, "dodge the lawn dart", unicycles, compound bows, hot rod Volkswagens or whatever his boys adventured into, Ron was sure to participate. He would don his usual pair of dress slacks that had been cut off into shorts along with his #12 fishnet football jersey and accompanied with a pair of long black dress socks. He would relax and watch his prodigy run amuck, only stopping them once the line had been pushed far beyond a reasonable person's definition of "Way Too Dang Far."
Every Independence Day, Ron would mix together a concoction of chemicals only he could dream up in the attempt to create the Grand Finale appropriate for any backyard Fireworks Festival. Many were impressive, some were scary, one broke windows and caused the Fire Department to show up. Ron was conservative and responsible in his political and professional views, but quite the adventurer on weekends and quite the wonderful Father.
Ron was predeceased by his father William, his mother Edna, and his younger brother John (Buzz) Twelves. He is survived by his sons Charles Twelves (wife Callie) and William Twelves (wife Cori), nephew Bradley Twelves and niece Julie Glass along with 6 Grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be held at Ford Funeral Home of Midwest City, OK at 10 a.m. on March 24. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you help continue Ron's legacy by making a donation to Boy Scout Troop 434 of Duncan, OK or the National Association for Amateur Radio (ARRL).
W5QOZ Signing Off
Published on March 20, 2017