McNUTT, Ronald Jan - Ronald Jan McNutt died in the arms of his loving wife on June 14, 2017 in his 81st year. He was born Oct. 4, 1936, in Salina, Kansas. He was the oldest of 7 children, Michael McNutt (wife Sharon), Charles McNutt (wife Marina), Candice Gunzelman, Nan (husband Doug) Kaino, Lynn (husband Peter) Cunningham, & Paul McNutt (wife Charlene). His love of music began as a preschooler where he played drums for his father’s high school ensemble expanding to brass, woodwinds, strings, & choral throughout his life. He received his Bachelor of Education from Idaho State University followed by a Master’s degree in Music Education from Central Washington State in 1965, specializing in composition & winning many awards. He taught in various schools throughout the Northwest, then in 1965 to 1967 taught at Mangla Dam in West Pakistan. He received governmental congratulations for the first choral arrangement of the Pakistan National Anthem. Returning to the U.S., he became the Principal French horn player for the Seattle Philharmonic and Bellview Philharmonic (as well as Assistant Conductor). He continued teaching music at the high school levels in Calgary, Idaho, Washington & Oregon. In 1970 his work “Grand Trunk Road” was published for concert band followed shortly after with "If Anybody Cares" for swing choir. In 1971, he met the "love of his life", Vickie and her 2 daughters, Candy Lynn & Katherine Ann. They married in 1973 in Seattle, Washington, & in 1974 moved to Woodstock, Ontario where he taught high school, introducing stage band to the community. In 1983, he became the conductor for the Woodstock Choralaires following in the footsteps of Dr. Norm Burt-Gerrans. He will be forever remembered and loved by his immediate family, Vickie (White), Candy (McPherson), Kathy (Johnson), David & Riley (Hales), Joshua & Jessica (Watterworth). A private family remembrance will take place at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to SMITH-LeROY FUNERAL HOME , 69 Wellington Street North, Woodstock, Ontario (519) 537-3611. Donations in his honor can be made to VON Sakura House or to a charity of your choice and can be arranged through the funeral home. Personal condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com To quote Ron's own words: "Looking back on my life, and assessing its impact on this marble spinning through the cosmos, several things are clear. I did not become a great man, nor did I accomplish great things for the betterment of mankind, but I learned to see potential in others, and how to help them accomplish their dreams. At an early age, I took to heart the biblical phrase, "Be Not Afraid" and with the strength of this conviction, that I could trust my consciousness to know what was right for me, it has led me down a thousand paths of discovery. I have not regretted a one, for sometimes what appeared as an obstacle was really a door to some new adventure, & better understanding. If the lives I have touched have taken to heart that one small pearl, God will smile on me, & I will enter the lives that await me a better soul."