Merle Ron Margot

September 17, 1941 ‒ July 07, 2016

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Merle Ron Margot went to be with the Lord Thursday July 7, 2016 from Hospice House in Ashland following a brief illness. He was 74.

He was born September 17, 1941 in Bellville to parents Merle McCormick & Evelyn Eileen (Fichtner) Margot. He was graduated from Bellville High School with the class of 1959 and went on to attend a Bible college.

Ron proudly served his country by joining the United States Air Force where he served for four years. Afterwards he earned his A&P license from the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics where he then taught as a professor. Ron later worked with The 179th Airlift Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard in Mansfield for 22 years.

On November 23, 1974 he married a beautiful young lady named Mary (Longstreth) and the pair shared 41 wonderful years of marriage.

Ron enjoyed hunting—deer, antelope, duck, rabbit, squirrel… you name it, Ron would hunt for it! He also loved to go bass fishing and travelled to Virginia with friends every year (twice a year after he retired) for a big fishing trip. He was a hard worker who took pride in his yard, pond, and garden where he planted all kinds of beautiful flowers.

Ron really made people feel good about themselves. He always knew just what to say and always remembered your name. Ron was well organized and a meticulous record keeper. His family and friends will miss being tricked by his elaborate stories. But most of all, he will be remembered for his courage and perseverance. Even in the midst of illness, Ron never complained and was always more concerned for others than he was for himself.

He is survived by his loving wife Mary Margot of Mansfield; daughter Debi Hudson of Zionsville, IN; son and daughter-in-law David & Lori Hofsaess of Mansfield; grandchildren Kelsie Hudson, Tessa Hudson, Davey Hofsaess, and Kaytlin Hofsaess; two brothers and sisters-in-law Don & Valerie Margot of Lexington, and Gary & Connie Margot of Mansfield; along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and countless friends.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends are invited to call 1-3 and 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, 2016 in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where a funeral service celebrating his life will be held Thursday at 12 noon. Pastor Jim Berry will officiate and burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery with military honors performed by the 179th Airlift Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard.

Contributions in his memory to Shriners Hospitals for Children or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital may be made at the funeral home.

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  • What a truly Great friend Merle was. He was a ” top notch” Flight Engineer. Flew with Merle many times. Always enjoyed it. God Speed my friend.

  • David & Lori,
    I’m so very sorry. Your dad was a wonderful man I always enjoyed talking to him at family get togethers. Love you all. Please call if you need anything ♡

  • Oh my goodness! My condolences for the Margot family. I grew up with Merle and Mary as him and my grandfather served together with the 179th. Merle will be greatly missed! My love and prayers to you!

  • I served with a lot of wonderful people during my 30 years with the 179th and there were no better than Merle.


  • Thoughts and prayers go out to the Margot family as they mourn this accomplished man of integrity and kindness. May God watch over them during this difficult time.

  • I am most certain that heaven is full of laughter at this very moment, because Merle Ron Margot has just told all the angels an ornery joke!

    I am ever so grateful for the times I’ve been blessed with your presence. Though years had pasted since we had last spoken, our wonderful March visit reminded me, what a wonderful person you are. That day will remain a cherished memory in my heart for the rest of my time here on earth and beyond. You were my instructor, my mentor, and my friend. You taught me more than you could ever imagine. You frequently demonstrated to people that life doesn’t always have to be taken so seriously, and you were supportive and caring beyond belief. Godspeed Merle Margot, I can only hope I’ve been good enough to see you again some day!

  • Prayers to the family & friends, I served with Merle at the 179th, he always was smiling and had a story to tell, one of the best.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I am so honored to have been able to grow up around one of the greatest men I have ever known. I will always remember the good times we had when our families would get together. Memories I will cherish forever. He will be greatly missed!

  • Merle and I spent many, many hours in a duck blind and in the air flying together. I have truly lost my best friend.

  • My thoughts & prayers are with you Mary & family. So sorry for your loss. My first husband, Harold (Wallie) Walters served with Merle in the 179th & they were great friends & duck hunted a lot together. Merle was a great guy & he will be missed by many people.

  • Mary, Don, Gary and all Margot family members:

    May God comfort you all in this your hour of sorrow.
    I’ll be thinking of you and praying for you all!

  • He was the “best of the best”. All the success we had serving at the 179th will be remembered as a great joy and privilege. See you in Paradise old friend.

  • Merle was a good friend and a great guy to be around we had a lot of good times at the 179th. Our prayers go out to Mary and the family.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with Mary and the rest of the Margot family.
    Merle was a great “step dad” as he claimed me to be his son which was just one of his many jokes. Merle graduated with my parents but I met Merle years later when I became a Flight Engineer at the 179th. He and many others helped groom me as a young flight engineer but his most lasting gift that he passed on was his humor. He always had a joke or a story that would make everyone smile and laugh. I still tell stories of Merle’s practical jokes and will continue to pass the humor that keeps us all smiling in his honor. “Merle the Pearl” you will be missed but not forgotten.

  • Merle was a great and compassionate person. My Dad and him were the best of friends for many years. They fished twice a year in Virginia with other friends for close to 3o years.
    Our prayers are with Mary and her family during this time but know that he is in a better place now and probably standing in heaven with Dad looking down on all of us with big ole smiles.
    Heaven is a better place with these two fisherman…..they are together again.
    God Bless
    Lloyd & Teresa Heimer
    On behalf of the Bob Brumfield family

  • Merle, back when we put together our new Airlift Squadron, we were privileged to have you step up to be a part of it. It was a complete new challenge for us, but we shared a special experience growing from our fighter operational backgrounds. You helped form the back bone of a great engineering section, offered great advice and friendship when I needed it, and were one of the best crew members that I ever flew with. It’s been fun keeping in touch over the years. I won’t forget the comradeship and friendship that we shared.

  • I served with Merle at the 179th and also worked with him at Kaufman’s after retirement. He was one of a kind. A good friend. My thoughts and prayers with Mary and the family.

  • I served with Merle in the 179th starting in the early 70s, and he has been my fishing partner for the last 29 years. My prayers go out to all of his family. All of our loss is heavens gain. He will be sorely missed, but he is in a much better place now and for that I am thankful.

  • Merle and I flew together at the 164th Airlift Squadron. He was always skilled and professional on the job. However he knew how to have fun after the mission was done. Merle had a way of making people feel at ease ; either with a joke , gag or great story. He made me and other younger crewmembers feel welcomed to the unit. It was truly a pleasure flying and traveling the world with ” Uncle Merle “.

  • I have many memories of Ron from high school. We were classmates and good friends. Ron was one of the best. Heaven is rejoycing. Sending prayers for the family.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with Merle and his family during this difficult time of remembrance and sorrow for all.
    In many email communications with Merle during the past few years it was obvious that he was a warrior in his fight over illness. I have many thoughts of Merle and his personality when I was a newbie flight engineer and remember his professionalism, technical expertise and caring/sharing of life’s experiences whether on the job or in social experiences or just plain old “having fun”. He was one of the cornerstones of the excellent flight engineer section and I recall check rides with him which were always professional and demanding but fair.
    Merle, you will be sorely missed as a kind, caring,professional, funloving and sharing human being.
    Don Diurba

  • I had the privilege to fly and work with Merle. We would yell at each other letting people think we were fighting, then laugh about it when we get people coming out of the offices to see what was going on. He will be missed.

  • My dad & Merle were in the 179th flying together for many years & also fished together for almost 30 years, he was like family to my sister & I & we never had to wonder how he felt about us because he told us he loved us like his own every opportunity he got. He never took one minute for granted & never complained, always with a smile on his face a laugh & a joke at the ready, just the way I will always remember him. He & Bob are surely fishing in the best fishing hole there is & Merle is probably telling the best story he’s ever told…..I look forward to hearing it one day. RIP dear friend. Our thoughts & prayers are with you Mary & your family