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Ronald “Ronnie” James Lockard, age 78, of McKinney, TX died on January 21, 2021 of COVID-19. Ron was born in Auburn, Nebraska on December 17, 1942 to JD and Nellie Lee (Niemeyer) Lockard. He grew up in Stella, NE where he graduated Valedictorian in 1961.

Ron attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, on a four-year Regents scholarship, majoring in math and physics. After graduating in 1965, Ron continued at UNL, working as a graduate assistant and developing several statistical programs used by the University. During that time he purchased and expanded two information technology companies—TAG/TMI. He moved to Texas in 2005 when he sold the companies to Perot Systems. Despite moving, Ron remained true to his Nebraska roots. He was a proud lifetime member of the Lincoln Independent Business Association (LIBA) dating back to the 1980s and even held a key to the city. Refusing to “retire,” Ron went on to establish several more companies, his favorite being Curazene, a biotech research firm, which united his love of science and research with his passion to help improve the lives of others.

Ron took pleasure in being philanthropic in many areas. But above all else, he loved education; funding scholarships at both Taylor University and UNL (and because of his own small-town roots, he designated that the UNL scholarships be for rural Nebraska high school students). Ron's interests spanned countless topics. Whenever possible, he used his inquisitive mind to understand how he could improve the health of those around him. And with his appetite for information came a great faith. He said that science constantly reminded him of the awe and magnitude of God's creative power.

Although he never seemed to have much in the way of “spare” time, when he could, Ron enjoyed flying his Bonanza plane, country-western dancing with his wife, Tracey of 17 years, and driving (too) fast. He was a lover of all things sports—whether he was playing basketball, watching Nebraska football, coaching his son, Jaden's, baseball team, or cheering on his son-in-law, Ryan's, track team. He and his son constantly compared stock market tips and he relished “dropping in” on his daughter, Katy, regardless of where she lived in the country. Ron refused to let age define his life and was still waterskiing as recently as a year and a half ago. He had a soft spot for pets even though he swore he didn't like them. He would talk about his two children with anyone who would listen. He adored being “Bumpa Won” to his young grandson, Miles. He loved his family with his whole heart.

Ron is survived by wife, Tracey Lockard of McKinney, TX, son Jaden Lockard of Austin, TX, daughter, son-in-law, and grandson, Katy, Ryan, and Miles Harkleroad of Portland, ME, brother and sister-in-law Sid and Donna Lockard of Shubert, NE, and many other loving family members. Ron is preceded in death by his parents.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date due to COVID. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations in memory of Ron be made to the Lockard Family Foundation at the University of Nebraska. Please contact the Hemmingsen Funeral Home in Auburn, NE for details: (402) 274-3631 or

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Published in Star Local Media from Jan. 27 to Feb. 2, 2021.
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February 17, 2021
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February 14, 2021
We have such special memories of Ron and his family!! Shared many 4th of July celebrations! He was a wonderful, caring and special man!! Prayers for all of you during this difficult time!
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February 1, 2021
Deepest sympathies to Ron's family. Ron was special. His kindness, insight and passion never wavered. Politics, sports, faith, business, whatever...regardless of the topic, Ron was always fully engaged. He led by example and always made time for other people and allowed them to feel special and heard. His character was exceptional and an inspiration. Ron was more than a business partner, he was a friend. A friend I looked up to. I will miss my friend.
Randy Barker
January 27, 2021
Deepest sympathy to Ron's Family and Friends. I remember back when I served on the LIBA Board with him. Rest In Peace Ron!
Maggie Higgins
January 27, 2021
Sympathies and prayers of comfort and peace to Ron´s entire family. From the time Ron took a young Katy and her friend Stacey (our daughter) to the Nebraska state fair to today, Ron has touched our lives in such a positive way!! Compassionate, sincere and genuine, we are honored and blessed to have known Ron!
Charlene Wilcox
January 27, 2021
I worked for Ron at TMI/Tag in the way-back-when. One thing I can say about him and that I've carried forward in my own life: a great organization runs on trust. It takes a little time to earn it, of course, but once you had Ron's trust, he'd let you run. Maybe he didn't know he was giving me (and others) a gift in that, but his influence is for a lifetime. RIP, Ron.
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January 26, 2021
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