Ronald L. Hegedus

Ronald L. Hegedus of Eureka Springs born August 18th, 1937 in Bethlehem, Pa. to Ernest and Irene (Chontos) Hegedus passed away peacefully February 6th, 2024 at the age of 86. Ron proudly served his country for 21 years in the U.S. Air Force and by an additional 11 years as a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Custody Deputy. Ron’s life was full of gratitude for the world travels and adventures he experienced and loved to share and reminisce about.

He was known and touched so many lives for his generosity, sage advice and sense of humor. In his later years he thoroughly enjoyed looking out over “his” Beaver Lake while gardening, watching his flowers bloom and his vegetables bear fruit which he shared with family and friends.

Ron is survived and greatly missed by his loving wife of 65 years, June M. (Dunn) Hegedus; his blessed daughters, Yasmine A. Smith and husband David of Eureka Springs, Alison Rowell and husband Trevor of Lompoc, California; his treasured grandchildren, Ian L. Imler, Corey Rowell and wife Laura, Brett Rowell and wife Ashlynn and his amazing great-grandchildren, Imogen, Dean, Charlotte and the many other family and friends who will remember him with love and fond memories.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Irene Hegedus and his only sibling, Frank Hegedus. Celebration of life will held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to The Grassy Knob Volunteer Fire Department, 12037 Hwy. 187, Eureka Springs, AR 72631 or the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 75851, Topeka, KS 66675.

Arrangements under the direction of Nelson Funeral Services. Online condolences may be sent to