Ron Coleman dedicated his life to conservation and will be missed by so many. Ron was a board member for 40 years, life member, 2005 Conservationist of the Year, and President of CFM.
“Ron left us way too soon! His passion for conservation and the outdoors will be greatly missed by so, so many. However, the shadow he cast lives on through the relationships he built, the friends he made and the work he completed to sustain our Missouri conservation reputation as one of the best states in the country. The Conservation Federation of Missouri was very fortunate to have such a leader.” said Mossie Schallon, CFM President.
Mossie continued, “I greatly appreciated Ron’s friendship, leadership and support through the many years we worked together in service to CFM. I’ve benefited so much in my own personal growth as a conservation enthusiast and volunteer by Ron’s unselfish mentoring and the examples he set. Along with our heartfelt thoughts and prayers for Ron’s precious family we also want to convey our many thanks to them for sharing Ron with us through his many years of volunteer service to CFM as Life Member”.
Tyler Schwartze, CFM Executive Director commented, “For decades, Ron was at the forefront leading projects and programs that made a difference in his local community and statewide. Whether it was cleaning a stream, hiking in green spaces or testifying at the state Capitol, Ron was a catalyst for conservation and natural resources. Ron was a true conservation and recreation professional and accomplished so much in his illustrious career. He was such a selfless and dedicated man to many organizations and causes, including CFM.”
National Wildlife Federation Release:
I’m sorry to report that a after a long battle with cancer, a dedicated member of our One Federation family, Ron Coleman passed away last Tuesday with his family by his side. Ron was a remarkably effective conservationist and most importantly he was my friend and a mentor, who cared passionately about strengthening all elements of our Federation and his beloved Conservation Federation of Missouri. For more than 15 years, Ron attended our annual meeting, most of those years as a delegate for CFM. His soft spoken demeanor and stately wisdom helped guide many conservation resolution debates to thoughtful consensus.
When called upon, Ron was always ready and willing to pick up the phone or meet with Senators and Members of Congress to advocate for clean water, conservation of public lands, or smart climate action. He was a staunch advocate for public lands, open space and riverways. In recent years, when pressure was mounting to transfer management of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, he worked closely with our team to make sure Missouri’s premier national park remained protected for generations to come. Last year, he welcomed our One Federation family to his home city of St. Louis for our 2019 Annual Meeting, perhaps a fitting farewell to our dear friend (I’ve attached a picture from Geralyn of Ron’s welcoming remarks last year).
We have his wife Rhonda, who always attended our annual meetings, and his entire family in our thoughts and prayers. Godspeed, Ron.
President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation