The turntables and CD players have been turned off for the final time. The "Music Meister," or "RM in the AM," has left the studio. All of those wonderful old tunes and stories have been silenced...no more "ear worms" many people had when he played fun or unusual songs. He not only played so many of our favorites, he had stories about the songs, artists, and often movies associated with the music. Unfortunately, for his family, friends, and so many people who listened to him for years, Ronn was taken from us by complications from a recent fall. To say he will be missed is a gross understatement. He was 81.
In recent years, he not only continued to play songs on WAXI 104.9 FM on Sunday mornings, he also wrote opinion columns for the Tribune-Star. Oh yes, he had opinions and would happily discuss his views with anyone who cared to participate. Intelligent, well read, and an amateur historian, he was an expert on the Civil War and World War II. He could discuss almost any subject and was occasionally referred to as a walking dictionary. A powerful presence, he could command a room with his extensive knowledge of people, places and events.
He was born in Hillsdale, and was a typical Hoosier basketball fan. Having played basketball (and ran track) in school, he was an avid sports fan. He loved watching his favorite teams... his grandson's lacrosse games when he was visiting them in Canada, ISU basketball, IU basketball, all of the tournaments, the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, and the Green Bay Packers. He was a 1954 graduate of Clinton High School.
Ronn is survived by his wife, Deanna Thompson Mott; daughter, Kathryn Caris (Perry); grandsons, Nicholas Caris and Alexander Caris; brother, Gary Mott (Martha); niece, Dawn Hughes (Jonathan); nephews, DiLowell Mott (Sue) and Damon Mott (Deanna); stepsons, Bobby Thompson (Robin) and Jay Thompson (Dove); cousin and often sidekick on the radio, Doris Mae Frisse (David) and cousins, Juanita Gross, Levon Braydon; and other family members.
He was preceded in death by a beloved daughter, Laura; his parents, Marsonne and Forest Mott; grandparents, James Martin and Cory Alice Seward Martin and John and Mattie Mott; Aunt Etha and Uncle Pearl Jackson; and many other aunts, uncles and cousins.
Visitation will be Tuesday, July 25, 2017, from 5 until 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until services at noon at Frist Funeral Home, 458 Blackman St., Clinton. Burial will be in Thomas Cemetery in Newport. Military honors will be performed.
So, Ronn, we wish you love, peace, and an amazing journey as you are welcomed into the arms of the Great Spirit and reunited with your sweet Laura, your parents, grandparents, and other loved ones who have gone before you. We hope somewhere you can hear "Old Blue Eyes" singing, I Did It My Way. When you were born the mold wasn't merely broken, it was shattered! You were, indeed, one of a kind. We thank you for entertaining us in so many ways during the 81 years you walked on this Earth with us.
As for your family, friends and listeners, you have left a permanent, empty space in our hearts that can never be filled. You truly are unforgettable. Online condolences may be made at:
Published on July 19, 2017