Ronnie Gene Kauk
January 5, 1950  -  January 18, 2019

Ronnie Gene Kauk


Funeral Service
First Baptist Church of Panhandle
701 Main St.
Panhandle, TX  79068
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
2:00 pm
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Panhandle Cemetery
East 6th. Street
Panhandle, TX  79068
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First Baptist Church
Box 189
Panhandle, TX  79068

Ronnie Gene Kauk, 69, of Panhandle went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, January 18th, 2019 in Panhandle.

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at the First Baptist Church of Panhandle. Burial will be in Panhandle Cemetery under the direction of Minton Chatwell Funeral Directors of Panhandle.

Ronnie was born January 5, 1950 in Elk City, OK to Emmitt and Betty (Skelton) Kauk. He grew up in Leedey, OK where he met and married his soulmate, Kristi Page on August 14, 1971. He then attended college at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, OK and earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting. They later moved to Miami, TX to raise their family and where Ronnie worked in the oil and gas industry as a meter tech. He retired in 2009 and when Kristi retired from Miami ISD in 2010 they began a new chapter in their life, full-time RVing for 5 years. In that time, they made many dear friends as they traveled from Christmas, FL to Fredericksburg, TX and did work camping at Fun Valley Resort in South Fork, CO and Jellystone RV Park in Montrose, CO. In 2015 they settled in to a new home in Panhandle, TX to be closer to family. To stay busy in his retirement years, Ronnie loved to tinker in the garage and work on things around his home. In the words of his daughter-in-law, “Gramps is a damn genius.” They parked their RV at a permanent spot at Chalet Village in Cloudcroft, NM as a retreat from the Texas summer heat. In 2018, Ronnie and Kristi opened “Kristi’s Kitchen” in Panhandle where he was COO in charge of dishwashing. Throughout his life, Ronnie never met a stranger and has the love of friends and family from all over the country as proof of that.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Emmitt and Betty, an infant sister, Kathleen, and a nephew, Aaron.

He is survived by his loving wife, Kristi, sons Greg and wife Mandy Kauk of Amarillo, TX, Brett and wife Marti Kauk of Canadian, TX, daughter Danita Bufford and husband Travis of Ponca City, OK, grandchildren, Madison, Alison, Riston, Kaison, Hanna, Emily and Sadie, 2 sisters, Cynthia Kauk and Kim Boyd and her husband, Mike both of Leedey, OK, nephew Ryan Boyd of Edmond, OK, his aunt Darlene and her husband Marvin Quattlebaum of Leedey, OK.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Benevolence Fund, P.O. Box 189, Panhandle, TX 79068.

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  1. Patty Basler Huntzinger
    Mission, KS

    Kristi and family - I'm sending my sincere sympathy and understand what you are going through.
    How can I possibly understand? Because I lost my own husband suddenly two years ago at age 69. I'm still grieving. It's not easy because grieving is definitely a process. Everyone is different and there is no time-frame on grieving.
    I don't know whether what I've said has helped you at all. I just wanted you to know I understand and feel for you.
    Please contact me if you ever need to talk.

  2. Kay and Terry Brown
    Canadian, TX

    So sorry for the loss of Ronnie. May God give you strength and peace as you grieve his loss.. Prayers being lifted up.

  3. Kay Va
    Montrose, CO

    Kristi I know today was a very hard day for you and your kids. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I am only a phone call away. We have so many memories with you and Ronnie. I will treasure all of them.

  4. Carrie Williams
    Yukon, OK

    Kristi, so sorry for your loss!

  5. Carie Gunter
    Canadian, TX

  6. Ron Touchstone
    Okc, OK

    Praying for Kristi's strength.

  7. Barbara Cosper
    Panhandle, TX

    Did not know Ronnie very well but he always had nice things to say when you saw him. My prayers go out to the family .

  8. Lana Graham
    Amarillo, TX

    What great memories everyone has of Ronnie! I hardly new him in my early twenty's. There was bad ice on the road and I went down the steep hill into Miami sideways in Robbie's Truck- all along Ronnie was following me... At the bottom I pulled over and he pulled up to check on me...I always have remembered how he was watching over me. Prayers for all of you. Much Love Lana

  9. Lana Graham
    Amarillo, TX

    What great memories everyone has of Ronnie! I hardly new him in my early twenty's. There was bad ice on the road and I went down the steep hill into Miami sideways in Robbie's Truck- all along Ronnie was following me... At the bottom I pulled over and he pulled up to check on me...I always have remembered how he was watching over me. Prayers for all of you. Much Love Lana

  10. Stachia and Mike Gregory
    Elk City, OK

    Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with you. Ronnie will be greatly missed. Love you all!

  11. George and Laura Graybill
    Granbury, TX

    Thru the years I've lost touch with with you and Ronnie, but I know without a doubt when I pass from this earth to heaven we both will see him again. My prayers are with you and your family, may God bless you

  12. Brenda(Trent) Kornele
    Buffalo, OK

    I remember Ronnie as always smiling and laughing about something. I am so sorry. Your in my prayers.

  13. Teresa Malinek
    Shiner, TX

    Ronnie was always friendly and kind. He could also make people laugh. Prayers for his family during this difficult time.

  14. Debbie McLaughlin
    Mobeetie, TX

    We are so sorry about your loss! Ronnie was a great guy! We will keep your family in our prayers! May God surround you all with His loving arms!

  15. Hank & Venita McPherson
    Canadian, TX

    Ronnie was an exceptional guy in every way. He will be missed by all. God Bless you Kristi & Family during this difficult time.

  16. Sandy Williams Akin
    Woodward, OK

    So sorry for your loss you will be in my prayers you and Ronnie were such a sweet couple may God bless you and your family

  17. Karen Axton Blair
    Austin, TX

    May God’s Peace be with you during this sad time. Will keep you all in my prayers. Love you Kristi.

  18. Travis and Vicky Hoeffner
    Lubbock, TX

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you walk this difficult journey. May the Lord bless you and family.

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