Ronnie “Cherokee” Hines, loving Father, motorcycle man, milkshake lover, Gunfighter, avid Cheese head (Go Packers!), and most of all, proud Grandpa, passed away on November 11, 2019 at the age of 67.
Although a less than average life span, Cherokee did not live an average life. He had adventures when he wanted to venture, laughed at every chance, learned what he wanted to learn, fixed what he wanted to fix, and loved who he wanted to love. He loved fishing, camping, and being outdoors. He was also a devoted animal lover whose kindness and gentle soul enriched all who knew him.
He wasn’t sophisticated but he could assess the worth of something or someone important and never missed a chance to tell those he loved how much he loved them.
Like us all, Dad had a past filled with stories you couldn’t share in a room with children present, but those later years, when he slowed down and took a look around, embraced his blessings and understood forgiveness, he became a friend as well as a father. Those are the times he cherished and the times we will forever cherish. He understood the importance of family and became the best damn Grandpa ever.
He leaves behind a hell of a lot of stuff to his children who have no idea what to do with it all, but who cherish all the memories his belongings bring us. Almost everything Cherokee kept, had a story behind it and most of those stories would either make you blush, laugh or cry.
Cherokee graduated from Hurricane High School and joined the Army in the 70’s where he liked to joke he learned how to jump out of a perfectly good plane. He was stationed in Germany and learned all the good German words. Dad received a National Defense medal and a Sharpshooter medal and was honorably discharged.
Preceded in death by his two sons, Derek Ray and Ronnie Jr, His parents, William and Carol Hines, Brother, Billy Hines, sister, Virginia Hines and countless friends and pets he missed dearly.
A “Celebration of Life” will be held in lieu of service on November 23, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Mosdell Mortuary in Kanab. The family would like to invite anyone who loved Cherokee to join us in honoring his memory and telling lots of fun stories to make us laugh through our tears.