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Ron L. Schie

Springfield - Ron L. Schie of Springfield, Missouri, stole away from this earth on December 18, 2018. He was 76. He was born and raised in Wooster, Ohio, where he played most sports available because he was the biggest kid in his class. He earned a bachelor degree and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University. Ron leaves behind his wife, JoAnne Spears Jackson, his daughter, Rhiannon Dowling and husband Rob Nichols of Wilsonville, Oregon, and his sister, Susan Geller of Chicago.

In 1966, he joined the Peace Corps and was sent to Izmir, Turkey to serve as the Director of English Language program at Izmir College. Following his stint in the Peace Corps, he returned to New York City where he embarked on his first career in advertising and marketing, working at WNBC. He spent the next 22 years of that career working with various advertising agencies in Ohio, Oregon and Idaho, the highlight being his position as International/European Marketing Communications Manager for Tektronix International. In that position, he was headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, directing and coordinating marketing communication activities for operations in western and eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

In 1990, Ron revisited his teaching experience and began his second career in education by accepting the position of visiting professor at the University of Oregon. Finding much satisfaction in teaching and working with students, he joined the faculty of the Reed School of Journalism at West Virginia University in 1991, where he served as Chair of the Advertising Sequence. He was recruited by Drury University in 1998, where he taught and served as Chair of the Communications Department until his retirement in 2011.

Per his request, Ron's body will be cremated and his ashes scattered over the waters of the Pacific Ocean just beyond "the Reach" in a private burial outside Newport, Oregon. An informal visitation will take place Friday, December 21 at Greenlawn Funeral Home East between 4 and 6 p.m. A celebration of Ron's life will be scheduled near the time of his birthday in January. A full obituary can be found at

Memorial contributions may be made to Drury University in memory of Ron Schie, c/o Drury University Advancement, 900 N. Benton, Springfield, MO 65802 or online at, to be used for educational purposes as directed by the family.
Published in the News-Leader on Dec. 20, 2018
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