Honoree Spotlight: Ron Spiker

Ron Spiker was a quiet man who showed his passion and caring through his actions more so than through his words. Ron was dedicated to his family, his church, his community and his farm.

Ron was the son of Mabel and the late Stewart Spiker. He was born in Akron, moved to Muskingum County as a young child and graduated from John Glenn High School. Ron received his Bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and a Master’s degree in agribusiness from The Ohio State University. After graduation he began working for Farm Credit Services until his retirement.

At the age of 16 Ron and his brother Harold formed Spiker Brothers Farms Partnership. They worked tirelessly to grow the farm to what it is today. The farm currently produces corn, soybeans, hay and a beef cattle herd on 600 acres. Ron was actively involved in the day to day operations of the farm until he lost a courageous battle with Pancreatic Cancer in 2016.

Ron was an active member of New Hope Lutheran Church in Adamsville where he served as a member of the church council, as treasurer, and on the New Hope Cemetery board. He was a 35 year member and past master of Hubbard Lodge 220 Free & Accepted Masons and the Valley of Cambridge Scottish Rite. Ron was also an active member of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, the Muskingum County Farm Bureau, the Muskingum County Cattlemen’s Association, and served on the Muskingum County Extension advisory committee.

Ron married his college sweetheart Kris, and they had 41 years of a loving marriage. Together they raised four children. Life was often a balancing act of working full time jobs, farming, running the kids to extracurricular activities, all while instilling valuable lessons and leading by example. Some of the best years of Ron’s life were the last decade, where he got to do those things that he loved most. He spent time on the farm every day, worked tirelessly alongside each of his children to help them accomplish life goals, volunteered endless hours to his church and community and watched his grandchildren thrive.

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