From a cow barn and the corn and hay fields of Iowa to a B.A. degree in Natural Science from Goshen College, followed by a D.V.M. from Iowa State University, the journey of Ronald (Ron) King has continued through numerous dairy barns and farms in Wisconsin, ultimately leading to the Shenandoah Valley. An animal lover all his life, especially Jersey cows and Golden Retrievers, his passions also include classical music, which he was introduced to by a grade school teacher, fishing, hiking mountain trails, and travel. With his best friend Lila, his wife of 50+ years, they have traveled all 50 states, most multiple times, with frequent trips to Canada, Europe, plus one trip to Mexico, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Ron served 10+ years on the Board of Gift and Thrift and served on a number of church committees. He currently volunteers with Booksavers of Virginia, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and along with Lila they have served a number of short terms with the Mennonite Mission Network’s Service Opportunities with Our Partners (SOOP) in various capacities in Atlantic Canada and the Greater Phoenix area. Ron retired from full time work in December 2008, followed by part time work until February 2011. Together they have one daughter, one son, 2 granddaughters, 2 grandsons and one grand dog.