Nicholas Robert Arron Jr. “Dr. Rock”

February 09, 1952 ‒ November 09, 2019

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Nicholas Robert Arron Jr., “Dr. Rock”, 67, passed away Saturday, November 9, 2019.

Nick was born February 9, 1952 in Mansfield, Ohio to the late Nicholas Robert Sr. and Ida (Klingel) Stirtzinger.

Nick served in the United States Army in Germany during the Vietnam War from 1969 until he was honorably discharged in 1971. After returning he worked for the City of Mansfield in the Water Department for over 29 years before retiring.

Nick was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #9943, The Amvets Post #0026, the Loyal Order of Moose 2511, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks #2554, Sons of Herman, and Order Sons of Italy in America Lodge 1223. Nick was a lifelong committed Cleveland sports fan, especially the Cleveland Browns. Nick also loved playing music. He was a DJ for over 30 years until retiring in 2015 and was best known as “Dr. Rock”.

What he enjoyed most of all in life was being “Papaw”. He is survived by daughters Casey (Michael) Britton and Lindsay (Ralph) Smith; three grandchildren, Adam and Alex Britton, and Maxon Smith; sister, Joanne (Ray) Cummins; brother, Johnny Arron, and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-father, Al Stirtzinger.

The family would like to thank the staff at Lexington Court, as well as the staff at Southern Care Hospice for their kindness and compassion during these last two months.

The Arron family will receive friends 4-7 p.m. Friday, November 15, 2019 in the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held Saturday, November 16, 2019 beginning at 10:30 am. Pastor Jonathan Stufft will officiate. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park. Military honors will be performed by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Cub Scout Pack 7152 and may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Nick’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them, or watch his tribute video, at and as Nick would say…Keep Smilin’ 

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  • Dear Casey and family. We are sorry for your loss. He is at peace now, as he would want all of you to be at peace too. Always enjoyed watching him come visit you. Praying for comfort.

  • You are still “ROCKIN”, Dr Rock. You are now playing music for the Angel and our Heavenly Father. You were a wonderful Vice-President of the Mansfield Mid-Central Browns Backers and you will truly be missed by so many. May God Bless You with your Heavenly wings.
    Your friend,
    Jim Madden

  • I am so sorry about the los of your dad.
    Even though we have not met, I have to let you know
    I know how it feels.
    My dad and your dad were friends.
    My dad passed away three years ago…if it can comfort you at all…I am sure they are hanging out, talking about the old days, with my gramps…he and your dad used to work at the water department together

  • So sorry to hear this. I didn’t know him, however he must have been a good man to have raised Lindsay. She is such a gem. Prayers for the family.

  • So sorry to hear about his passing. Have been out of touch for awhile but one of the nicest man I know. RIP Nick. Keep smiling and keep rocking on.

  • So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you. May the Lord grant you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  • “Another Brick In The Wall” great memories for the past 30 plus years. Loved that you always listened to the beat of your own drum. What a man. RIP “Nickie”. You will always be remembered.