Rutledge Everett “Ron” Shuler, Jr.,

November 5, 2016
Rutledge Everett “Ron” Shuler, Jr.,

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Rutledge Everett “Ron” Shuler, Jr., 75, of Hendersonville passed away Saturday, November 5, 2016 at the Elizabeth House in Flat Rock after a valiant struggle with cancer.

Ron was born on February 14, 1941 to Lillie Mae Rickenbaker Shuler and Rutledge Everett Shuler, Sr. in Orangeburg County, SC. He grew up swimming, fishing, and skiing from the loamy banks of Lake Marion. He fell in love with golf as a teen and helped build his first home course, Holly Hill Country Club, while receiving lessons from the local professional. Ron always loved a good day’s work, and he poured himself into every venture he pursued.

After graduating from Holly Hill High School in 1959, Ron attended the University of South Carolina. After USC, Ron moved to Dallas, TX to study at Gupton-Jones Mortuary Institute where he completed his coursework for licensure in 1964, while also serving as Vice-President of his class. Interestingly, while there, Ron worked as a paramedic and found himself driving an ambulance the day of John. F. Kennedy’s assassination. He was at Parkland Memorial Hospital during the tragic events, something which left a poignant and indelible memory. After graduation, Ron returned to SC to pursue his career in funeral service.

Ron met the lovely Faye Kirby in Florence, SC while he was working as a funeral director. They were married in August of 1965. In SC, he actively served the community, volunteering as President of the Jaycees and in other civic roles. In 1975, they moved their family to Hendersonville, NC. Before retiring from his tenure with Batesville Casket Company, Ron was inducted into the Master’s Club, the company’s highest honor.
In 1997, he, along with the help of his wife Faye, founded Shuler Funeral Home. His years at Shuler Funeral Home were the most fulfilling of his career life, and he felt humbled and grateful each day to help families during some of their most difficult days. He believed in the wonder of human compassion and in the dignity of life, and he made these tenets the mission of his work.

Ron was a member of Hendersonville First Baptist Church for 40 years, serving as a children’s Sunday School teacher and as a Deacon. His love for Christ, heart for his family, and desire to help others were the motivators of his life.

His other passion was golf. Ron was an avid and naturally gifted golfer who enjoyed his memberships at Hendersonville Country Club and in the Crooked Creek Men’s Golf Association.

Ron was preceded in death by his loving wife of 47 years, Faye Kirby Shuler, and his father, Rutledge Shuler, Sr. He is survived by his mother, Lillie Mae Rickenbaker Shuler, and his sister, Lynda Shuler Caughman, both of Lexington, SC; two daughters, Heather Shuler Stepp, and husband, Christopher, of Flat Rock, NC, and Holly Shuler Ollis, and husband, Jeff, of Greensboro, NC. Ron is also survived by two grandsons, Samuel Rutledge Stepp and Micah Wade Ollis; three granddaughters, Kirby Nichole Ollis, Celeste Leslea Ollis, and Lilly Margaret Ollis; sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Kirby Tart and husband, Thomas, and Annie Mae Kirby Broach and husband, Ralph, and brother-in-law, Alton Kirby and wife, Judy, all of Florence, SC; and by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm, Friday, November 11, 2016 at the First Baptist Church of Hendersonville. The Reverends Steve Scoggins and Wally Shamburger will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakdale Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12 – 2 pm in the church prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731, or to First Baptist Church, by clicking HERE.


Friday, November 11, 2016
2:00 PM

First Baptist Church of Hendersonville - Directions
312 5th Avenue West
Hendersonville, NC 28739


Friday, November 11, 2016

Oakdale Cemetery - Directions
Hwy 64W
Hendersonville, NC 28739


Friday, November 11, 2016
12:00 PM - 12:00 PM

First Baptist Church of Hendersonville - Directions
312 5th Avenue West
Hendersonville, NC 28739

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  • November 06, 2016
    Alton Connor says:
    My Dear Heather and family ~ My heart goes out to each of you as you go thru this time of the Homegoing of your precious Father! What a fine man he was and what a blessing he was to my family during the time of my father's passing! Your entire family is dear and special to me and I will treasure always the special bond that you and I share! My heart is sad, but at the same time, it rejoices in knowing that your Dad is healed now, at Home in the presence of the Lord and reunited with your precious Mom! May God's grace sustain each of you in these days and weeks that lie ahead! Heaven is sounding sweeter all the time! With Much Love and my thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy!!! Alton

  • November 07, 2016
    R. Faust says:
    My thoughts are with the Shuler Family, Mr. Ron touched many lives and will be thought of often. Family, may your many memories bring you the peace of our great God of comfort. 2 Corinthians 1:3,4 My condolence to all of you.

  • November 07, 2016
    Jim Bauschke says:
    Ron was a top-notch, first-class sales rep at Batesville Casket Co. He was an inspiration to me and to many others who worked with him on the Batesville Salesforce. I will remember him always.

  • November 07, 2016
    Manning and Jeanette Shuler says:
    RON Shuler We have lost very dear friend. Our condolences to Heather ,Holly ,and family.

  • November 08, 2016
    Shane Bradley lit a candle:
    Lit since November 8, 2016 at 11:19:47 AM