Ronald Selton Kickler, a retired pharmacist with a long history serving customers at HEB, Randalls, Apple Tree and Safeway stores, died January 16, 2018, at age 65 at his home in Friendswood. Ron was born August 7, 1952, in Pasadena, Texas, to Selton Noble Kickler and Helen Cates Kickler. After graduating from Pasadena High School in 1970, he earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston in 1974 and graduated from the University’s School of Pharmacy in 1976.
Ron was always kind to his pharmacy customers, giving them a few extra minutes to talk when he could. His listening was much appreciated, which was never more clear than during the holidays every year, when he’d bring home stacks of cards and plates full of baked goods and boxes of candy.
Ron married Ann Walters in 1974, and in 1977 they welcomed a daughter, Sarah. They later divorced. He married Maureen Jones in 1985, becoming father to Matthew. Ron and Maureen married again, for good measure, in 1996, and lived in Pearland and Friendswood over the course of their laughter-filled relationship. Ron was passionate about “Star Wars” and J.R.R. Tolkien, rereading the Lord of the Rings trilogy annually, and he taught his kids it was cool to be a nerd (before it was actually cool to be a nerd).
Ron was preceded in death by his wife Maureen in 2015; his parents; and his brother, John Kickler.
Survivors include his daughter Sarah Kickler Kelber of Salem, Oregon; son Matthew Jones of Friendswood, Texas; son-in-law Judah Kelber and grandsons Isaac and Aaron Kelber, all of Salem, Oregon.
A memorial service is scheduled for 10:00 A.M. on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 at Jeter Memorial Funeral Home, 311 N. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, Texas, (281) 992-7200, with Rev. Gale Town officiating. Please do not even consider wearing a tie.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ron’s memory to the Red Cross at www.redcross.org, where he was a lifelong, multi-gallon donor.