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Ronald L. Wilson
August 2, 1949 ~ December 18, 2023 (age 74) 74 Years Old
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Ronald L. Wilson, 74, of Hayesville, died suddenly, but not unexpectedly, at home on Monday, December 18, 2023, after a long period of declining health.
Ron was born near Victor, Fayette County West Virginia, August 2, 1949, to Grover A. and Alta Fox Wilson. Ron left school in the eighth grade so he could work full time. On trips back to Victor he would point out the homes of employers he once worked for, which seemed to be every other home passed. In 1969 Ron joined the U.S. Marine Corp and completed two tours of duty in Vietnam before his honorable discharge in 1971. Shortly after leaving the service, he moved to Ashland Ohio where other relatives had relocated in search of work and better lives. He found both.
On July 1, 1972, Ron married Linda Boos in Huron, Ohio. As newlyweds they moved to Tallahassee Florida and worked with Gossett’s Tree Service. This was the beginning of employers and coworkers becoming life-long friends. When Ron and Linda returned to Ohio in 1973, Ron began working for Hydro-Matic pump as a machinist. Decade after decade Ron never missed work, never was tardy and never turned down overtime. Ron worked at Hydro-Matic through company moves and mergers and retired from Pentair in 2009 when his health just wouldn’t let him work anymore. The Hydro-Matic coworkers, some of whom were actual family, meant so much to Ron. If you were not part of this group, it is hard to explain the connection, but there sure are some good stories.
For over 20 years Ron worked first shift as a machinist then went to the Oberholtzer hog farm and worked until after dark and on weekends. Days before he passed, Ron enjoyed a visit with Kenny Oberholtzer Jr reminiscing about the hog farm and joked about getting his old job back.
Ron’s work ethic was unmatched only by his love for his daughter and her family. He was waiting at the hospital when each of his grandchildren was born and saw them or talked to them almost every day. He drove into town to drive his grandson to school and jumped at any chance to pick up either child, for any reason. It is not surprising that after retirement he felt the need to stay busy in some way. He decided he wanted to mow lawns. At one time he, along with Linda, were keeping thirteen yards mowed wanting nothing in return but the opportunity to spend time doing something they enjoy. His family would like to thank everyone in Hayesville who let him mow their yards.
Along with his wife Linda, Ron is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Jenny and Bill Keesee of Ashland. Grandchildren Isaiah Keesee who he referred to as “Best Pal” and Naomi Keesee.
Ron was the seventh child in a very large family. He is survived by sisters Mary Cox of Ashland, Emily Maglott of Wooster, Ola Marie Halstead, Wilma (Butch) King and Melissa Phelps all of West Virginia, and by brothers Mark (Sharon) Wilson and Roger Wilson of North Carolina. Also, Sisters-in-law Carol Wilson and Rhonda Wilson of West Virginia, Charlene Wilson of Ashland, and Shirley Wilson of Loudonville.
Ron was preceded in death by both parents, his brothers Otis, Delmar, Marshall, Charles, Herbert and his wife Pam and Grover R., sisters Clara Faye and husband Billy Allport, Della Mae and husband Jack Stuhldreher and Lena White and brothers-in-law Van Halstead and Lonnie Cox.
Ron had many special connections and there is no need for us to explain what you meant to him, because he told you himself, likely in a text message. If you stopped for a visit on the porch or waved as you passed, it was appreciated!
The family would like to include a special thank you to Officer Hall of the Ashland County Sheriff Department, Hayesville and Jeromesville Volunteer Fire Departments for their kindness and assistance.
There will be no funeral or calling hours. A celebration of life will be planned at a later date.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to one of the local fire departments mentioned or pay it forward and buy someone else a meal in honor of Ron.
Fickes Funeral Home in Jeromesville assisted the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.fickesfuneralhome.com.