Ron E. Darling

September 25, 1944 ‒ October 04, 2018

Fredericktown, Ohio

Ron E. Darling, age 74, of Fredericktown, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at the Country Club Retirement Center in Mount Vernon, Ohio. He was born in Mansfield, Ohio, on September 25, 1944 to the late Ralph E. and Ruth E. (Harick) Darling.

Ron and his family moved to Mount Vernon when he was 5 years old and he graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1962. He attended Muskingum College where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Sociology and completed coursework for a Master’s degree in Corrections from Xavier University.  Ron started at Lebanon Correctional Institute as a social worker and transferred to adult parole authority in 1969.  He became the state’s first probation officer assigned to common pleas courts in Knox and Morrow Counties.  Ron later became the unit supervisor in Columbus and became a deputy superintendent of the probation development section and finished he career as training administration for the APA.

He is survived by his step-daughters, Teresa (John) Horton, Tracey (Jeff) Benedict; 7 step-grandchildren; 1 step-great-grandchild; half-brothers, Paul and Mark Darling; half-sister, Brenda (Rodney) Roos; an aunt, Doris Schneider; a cousin, Cindy McCammon; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Bruce (Marilyn) Hoy.

Along with his parents, Ron is preceded in death by his wife, Linda (Miller) Darling; and a step-sister Phyllis Myers.

A celebration of life service will be held on Monday, October 8, 2018 at 1:00 PM with calling hours starting at 11:00 AM at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home; 619 E. High Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio, 43050. Burial will take place at Forest Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to: American Cancer Society Central Region-Knox:  5555 Frantz Road, Dublin, Ohio, 43017 or Fredericktown Branch of the Knox County Library: 201 N Mulberry Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio, 43050 or Charity of Donor’s Choice.

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  • Rest peacefully Ron and know you succeeded in life. You will always be an icon to the Mount Vernon High School class of 1962. You have been the glue for our fellow schoolmates for over a quarter of a century. Such dedication is rare, difficult, and our class owes you so much for your endeavors. Thank you for your dedication and your life.

  • Speedy, what will we do without you? Doug and I always looked forward to visiting with you during the holidays and the summer. Your dry wit was one of a kind! Doug said he will miss the great breakfast get-togethers at Southside Diner. Who would have guessed that you would take the helm of our class of 62 and bring us together as friends who have matured over the years and not just young graduates? Rest now and enjoy the next life. The best is yet to come.

  • Rest In Peace Ron. You were always such a gentleman with that different sense of humor. You as a person, your loyalty to your friends and the essence of Ron will be greatly missed.

  • Ron Darling’s Legacy

    Dearest Ron, Our Beloved Connector of Classmates
    You know we are going to miss you!
    As that “behind the scenes dude”
    That never takes credit yet maintains all our links and relations

    You are essential to our class identity, our class soul
    One with so much heart – it hurts to know you are gone
    You have given so much and we’ve taken it all
    You wrapped our class in your love
    And held us strong throughout the years

    Announcements of celebrations, of care needed
    Addresses, thoughts that mattered and obits
    Caused our class to bond across the miles
    The special gift that surprised and pleased us
    And made us happy to be in touch again with old friends

    You held us together through Big Reunions and small
    Through lunch meeting after lunch meeting
    The tie that binds and holds us strong
    That glue that brings us back to the fold
    The steward of who we were, are, where we’ve been

    There isn’t a need that hasn’t been met
    By your newsy messages about one of us,
    Your smile and kind words or a lending hand
    Reaching out with a special touch,
    You are a gift to our class that allowed us to grow
    Together ……with Love

  • As I live in Colorado, I wondered how it came to be that I did not receive the message that our friend had passed for several days and then it came to me. It was always Ron who sent the emails about our classmate’s lives, health, and deaths. His emails have been the glue holding us all together these past many years. How blessed we have been to have had Ron at the helm of the Class of 1962. May you rest in peace, Ron.

    Death is simply putting out a candle because morning has come.

  • Ron,
    I am so sorry to hear of your passing. You were one of the Department’s “good people”, and it was a joy to know you.

    Rest in peace. May God Bless you,and your family.

  • Ron was my first supervisor after Peace Corp when working as Parole Office for the APA. He was a wonderful person with a sense of humor to make our serious job a lot easier!