Ronald Eugene Totty “Ron”
Born 1934 in McCrory, Arkansas
Departed on February 14, 2022 in Melbourne, Florida
Ronald Eugene Totty “Ron” passed away on February 14, 2022 at home overlooking the beautiful Indian River in Melbourne Florida.
Born in McCrory, Arkansas, he was the only child of Roland and Opal Totty. Ron was gifted with a beautiful singing voice and loved music, especially gospel, country and classical piano. He sang in a boys’ choir at a young age, a trio in high school and often sang with his mother at church events.
While serving in the Army Medical Corps at Ft Knox Kentucky, he met the love of his life Shirley on a blind date. Together they shared 65 wonderful years.
Married with two young boys, Ron graduated from the University of Arkansas. In addition to receiving his Masters degree, Ron was the recipient of one of 20 Ford Fellowships given nationwide and enrolled in the Engineering Doctoral Program at Purdue University. He later became an Associate Professor at Purdue as teaching was truly his lifes passion.
After graduating from Purdue in 1965, Radiation Inc., which later became Harris Corporation, invited Ron to explore an employment opportunity. The following year Ron and his family moved to the Space Coast.
After 25 years at Harris leading engineering efforts and the Advanced Technology group, Ron then enjoyed 10 years at Corporate focused on the Commercial Communication Sector with operations across the world. Ron was then charged to be the technical lead expanding the Harris footprint globally. Ron and his wife Shirley lived in India, Russia, and Belgium to help open the markets for Harris.
In addition to his wife Shirley, Ron is survived by his son Steve (Lorraine), grandchildren Alicia Totty-Moore (Roger) James Totty, Kristin Totty, Nicole Totty, his son Bruce, grandchildren Brent (Jessi) Totty, Shelby Totty, Carson Totty and 4 great-grandchildren, Johnny Randall, Joey Randall, Connor Totty, and Dillon Totty.
Ron will be greatly missed by all.