Ronald M. Ollie
1951 - 2020
Whigham Funeral Home
580 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Newark, NJ

Ollie, Ronald Maurice

1951 - 2020, Ronald Maurice Ollie, age 69, longtime resident of Newark, New Jersey, passed away at his home on June 1, 2020. Beloved husband of Monique Ollie nee McRipley.

Ron attended Missouri University of Science and Technology – formerly known as the University of Missouri, School of Mines & Metallurgy. During college, he became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Ron graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering.

As an engineer, Ron spent 30 years in business development for major Fortune 500 firms and top architecture and engineering firms across the country. Ron began his career as Resident Sales Engineer and Packaging Sales Rep with Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa), and later became a partner at Malcolm Pirnie in 2000.

In addition to Ron's professional career, Ron amassed a large personal collection of paintings and photographs by black artists. Ron was also an avid book collector whose library includes over 2,100 titles on black history and culture.

In 2017, the Ollies donated 81 works by black abstractionists to the Saint Louis Art Museum. Works from the gift are presented in the exhibition The Shape of Abstraction: Selections from the Ollie Collection, which opened in September 2019.

Ron is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Monique; brothers: Bert Ollie, Jr. and Reginald (Rita) Ollie; sister, Joyce (Jerome) Wilks-Love; parents-in-law: Clarence McRipley, MD and Francine G. McRipley; sister-in-law, Lisa McRipley; brother-in-law, Jason (Chioma) McRipley; four nephews, two nieces, and a host of loving family members and dear friends.

Services: A private funeral service will be held on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. ET at Whigham Funeral Home, 580 Dr. M.L.K. Jr. Blvd, Newark, NJ 07102, Ph: (973) 622-6872. To comply with the City of Newark's social distancing directives, attendance is strictly limited. The service will be streamed live on the Whigham Funeral Home's Facebook page and website, and a Memorial Service at the Saint Louis Art Museum will be announced early next year.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Ronald M. and Monique M. Ollie Education Endowment Fund for Abstraction by Black Artists. Please feel free to contact the Saint Louis Art Museum at for details.

Published by Post - Dispatch on Jun. 7, 2020.
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Please except my deepest sympathies to you and your family. As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Simone Taylor
June 16, 2020
So heartbroken to hear this news. We send our deepest condolences to Monique and the family. - Melanca Clark & Moddie Turay
June 13, 2020
Our heartfelt sympathy to your wife Monique, brothers and sisters during this time , on behalf of your Shipmates of Aeneas, March 12, 1970: Darryl Moore. Roland Wilks, William Johnson and James Hamilton. Alpha-Phi-Alpha, Epsilon Psi, Rolla, MO!
Roland Wilks
June 9, 2020
My prayerful condolences to Monique and the entire Ollie family. Ron and I knew each other in high school and continued our great friendship over the intervening 53 plus years. I will miss him greatly, but I know he is in Gods loving hands
John Thigpen III
June 9, 2020
He was a friend f over thirty years. We shared his joys and some of his sorrows. Most of all we shared and delighted in his thirst for truth, doing the right thing, finding beauty, his intellectual curiosity, his honesty. So very very happy he found the love of his life in Monique. Rest on my brother. Marvin
marvin williams
June 9, 2020
my sincere condolences to Monique and the family of Ronald Ollie. May fond memories always bring you joy. My prayers are with you. -Tina Ewing
Tina Ewing
June 9, 2020
June 9,2020 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. St. Louis Alumnae Chapter St. Louis, Missouri

Plenty good room, plenty good room
Plenty good room in my Father's kingdom
Plenty good room, plenty good room
Choose your seat and sit down.
I've got a long white robe up in heaven I know
Choose your seat and sit down. I've got a starry crown up in heaven I know
Choose your seat and sit down.

To Our Sister Joyce Wilks-Love,
The members of the St. Louis Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc. were notified of the passing of your brother, Mr. Ronald Maurice Ollie. Because he was a Believer, we are confident that he is now in our Fathers kingdom.
Although we are not present with you now, please know that we are praying that God will comfort you with memories of your brother that can be shared among family and friends. As Paul encouraged the Philippians, we encourage you to think about and share what was honorable, right and pure about your brother. Share the ways that he excelled and why you admired him. Share..shed laugh.. as you celebrate his life on earth and the life he has now in Gods kingdom. Picture him there with his long white robe and his starry crown as God says, Well done good and faithful servant. Choose your seat and sit down.

Done on the order of the St. Louis Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated DeJeanette Williams, President

St. Louis Alumnae Chapter-Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
June 8, 2020
We will miss you Ron. There are very few that can match your unselfish ways. Few that learned how to always be thankful and to be consistently positive. We remain forever grateful to God For your life. Well done brother, well done.
Kenrick & Brenda Willis
June 8, 2020
Our sincerest condolences to the family ... He will reman forever in our prayers
ALGERNON A. PHILLIPS OD, MD; Elois Rogers-Phillips MD; Adrienne A. Phillips MD
June 8, 2020
I have known Ron Ollie since the early nineties. It broke my heart that he has passed. He will be missed.

I am grateful that I had the opportunity to do the Donation Appraisals for works of art that he and his wife Monique donated from their collection to the Smithsonian and most recently, the donation 81 works by Black abstractionists and Photographers to the Saint Louis Art Museum.
Barbara Wallace
June 8, 2020
Patricia MC RIPLEY
June 7, 2020
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