Ron Cyrus

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Ron Cyrus
Executive Secretary and Treasurer of the Kentucky AFL-CIO
In office
Regional Representative of the Federal Reserve Board
Personal details
Born Ronald Ray Cyrus
(1935-07-10)July 10, 1935
Flatwoods, Kentucky, U.S.
Died February 28, 2006 (aged 70)
Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Ruth Ann Casto (m. 1952-1966)[1]
Joan Marie Douthat (m. 1970-2006, his death)[2]
Relations Miley Cyrus (granddaughter)
Noah Cyrus (granddaughter)
Trace Cyrus (grandson)
Parents Eldon Lindsey Cyrus
Verlina Adeline Hay
Occupation Steelworker/Politician
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Air Force

Ronald Ray "Ron" Cyrus (July 10, 1935 – February 28, 2006) was an American Democratic politician and public servant in Greenup County, Kentucky. He was the father of American country music singer/actor Billy Ray Cyrus and the paternal grandfather of Trace Cyrus, Miley Cyrus and Noah Cyrus.

Early life[edit]

Cyrus was born in Flatwoods, Kentucky to Verlina Adeline Hay (1894–1980) and Eldon Lindsey Cyrus (1895–1975), son of Sarah and Joseph "Joe" (1872–1939) Cyrus, who was the son of John Cyrus.[3] He was elected a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives for Kentucky's 98th Legislative District, which encompasses Greenup County, in 1975. He was elected to 11 consecutive terms—serving a total of 21 years—until he retired from office in 1996.


Cyrus served as executive secretary and treasurer of the Kentucky AFL-CIO from 1984 to 1986 and was employed as a rigger with Armco Steel Ashland Works. He was a Kentucky colonel, served as a regional representative with Alan Greenspan of the Federal Reserve Board, is a former member of The Crownsmen Quartet, is a former Little League baseball coach, and was a member of Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse Association.

Cyrus also served in the United States Air Force in Japan. He served as founding Chairman of the Board of the Billy Ray Cyrus Charities Foundation and was a devoted member of Big Woods Community Church in Wellington, Kentucky.

Death and tributes[edit]

Cyrus was 70 years old when he died on February 28, 2006, after battling lung cancer. He is interred in the Cyrus Family Cemetery in Louisa, Kentucky.[citation needed]

The song "I Miss You" by Cyrus' granddaughter Miley was written for him and was featured on her 2007 album Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus.[4] The song "Hey Daddy" by Cyrus' son Billy Ray Cyrus is also dedicated to him, on the album Wanna Be Your Joe. Billy Ray sang this song to Cyrus, the night before his death. In honour of Cyrus, his granddaughter, Miley chose to act as "Ronnie" for her character in the 2010 film The Last Song. She also changed her middle name from "Hope" to "Ray" in Cyrus' honor. A chapter of Miley's autobiography Miles to Go is also dedicated to Cyrus.


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