Ronald “Ronnie” Watkins, 64, of Keyport, passed away Friday, April 6, 2018. Born and raised in Covington, KY to the late William and Vera Watkins, Ronnie was the 4th of 8 children. He enlisted in and served with the United States Marines from 1972 to 1974. He moved to California in his 20’s and lived there for many years. He was a patient coordinator for the VA Hospital in Lomalinda, CA for 9 years. In 2008, he met the love of his life, Linda, and they married in 2009. A few years later, they settled together in Keyport. Ronnie was a vivacious man who was full of life and joy and his smile would light up the room. He loved painting and enjoyed going to Atlantic City, dancing, making people laugh and being the life of the party. Ronnie’s ultimate joy, was spending time with his beloved Linda. He leaves behind his cherished wife, Linda, and was the loving father of Ronald, Jr. and Justin Watkins and adoring step-father of Dayna Rios and Justine Somers. Devoted grandfather of Lauren, Brooke, Drew and Aiden and 12 step-grandchildren. Caring brother of Sharon May, Bonnie Spencer, Rick Watkins, Craig Watkins, Mark Watkins, Jody Savernes and Renee Dorner. Ronnie was a loving uncle to many and also leaves behind 2 sisters from another mister, Michelle Dempsey Hollinger and Sharon Lum, a brother from another mother, Ewald Hollinger, and a very special friend, Chris Smidt. He is also survived by 3 step-children and many devoted friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ronnie’s memory to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.