Ron McNiven

[24 MAR 1932 - H1 - 20329 - 13 APR 2011]

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H-1 Firsties - 1st Row: Brooks - Bob Strickland (CO) - Town - Crawford - Jacobs - Harris - 2nd Row: Todd Graham - Parsons - Wheeler - Rudzki - Carrington - 3rd Row: Schuh - Thornquist - Dion - Gamble - 4th Row: Pratt - Wheaton - McNiven - Longbottom - Howard (Absent: Rundle and Don Smith)



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Ronald William McNiven

Ronald William McNiven was born on 24 March 1932 in Frankenmuth, Michigan. He was appointed to West Point from the 8th Congressional District of Michigan and entered on 3 July 1951. He was in Company H1, graduated on 7 June 1955 and was commissioned in the US Air Force.



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5/04/2010 Sitrep (Dave Wheeler): Phone call from Ron McNiven. Ronís address and phone number are as listed and he sends everyone his best greetings. He would enjoy a phone call or letter from each of you. Ron has had some health problems but is in good spirits. He suffered a stroke about a year ago, with left-side paralysis and loss of sight in his left eye. His prostate cancer is in remission. Ron lives in an assisted living facility and has daily help from nice people. He enjoys TV but said he is sick and tired of Football losing to Navy (amen, Ron: arenít we all!!). We need to keep Ron in our thoughts and prayers.

Ron's situation is obviously serious but not acute, so I've asked H-1 to keep him in our unlisted prayers.



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Ronald William McNiven

This is to inform you that Ron McNiven class of 55 passed away in April 2011 after a stroke that left him disabled. Ron McNiven was put to rest with Military Honors at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly Michigan. If I can be of further assistance please let me know.

Jerry Yoba,
Post Commander,
American Legion Post 150,
Frankenmuth, Michigan.



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Ron and I were roommates for two years in Co. H-1 at West Point. He was smart, easygoing and a lot more mature than I was, and I appreciated him as a friend, more than he ever knew. He graduated into the Air Force and a short military career. I was an Army Engineer for 28 years and never saw Ron after graduation. Before our 45th Reunion (2000), and in 2005 and 2010, I attempted to contact all Co. H-1 Classmates and urge them to join us at West Point. I connected with Ron: he was living in his beloved Michigan, caregiver for a friend without family who was quite ill, and could not leave him. We talked about Classmates and old times. He was without email, so was glad to receive rosters and newsletters that I sent him. This last time I spoke to Ron, in 2010, Ron himself was stricken; he had suffered a stroke. In sadness, I learned of his recent death in an email that Charlie Johnson forwarded to me:

"This is to inform you that Ron McNiven class of 55 passed away in April 2011 after a stroke that left him disabled. Ron McNiven was put to rest with Military Honors at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly Michigan. If I can be of further assistance please let me know. Ron had no family and only 2 friends. I am a minor acquaintance of Ron and was present at his funeral... Jerry Yoba, Post Commander, American Legion Post 150, Frankenmuth, Michigan."

All of Ron's Classmates are grateful for Commander Yoba's involvement in honoring Ron McNiven's service. Ron, well done; be thou at rest.

Dave Wheeler, a Classmate, a roommate and a friend.
May 13, 2011



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I remember Ron McNiven well from our tenure as cadets, for we both lived in South Area, a quadrangle housing five companies, H-1 through M-1. As such, we were likely in classes together also. It was not until 2009 that we made contact again when I found that he had moved away from his home town of Frankenmuth, MI after a serious stroke that left him handicapped and dependent upon assisted living conditions with no family member nearby. We talked on the phone a few times as he was always glad to hear from classmates. On more than one occasion, Rod expressed his hope that Army would soon win a football game with Navy. I know that his health was not strong, and I kept him in my daily prayers. Be thou at peace, Ron, You have served your Nation and West Point well.

Dan Ludwig
May 26, 2011


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