Ronald E. Barnes

April 09, 1942 ‒ October 24, 2018

Galion, Ohio

Ronald E. Barnes, 76, of Galion passed away Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at Avita Hospital in Galion.

Born April 9, 1942 in Dennison, Ohio, he was the son of the late Robert E. Barnes and Evelyn (Miller) Barnes who survives in Dennison, Ohio.  He married Sharon (Mathison) Barnes on September 19, 1964 and she survives in Galion.

Ron received a degree from the DeVry Technical College in Chicago and served in the United States Army. He worked as a metrologist engineer for 22 years at the former ITT, North Electric and PECO in Galion and then worked and retired as a custodian for the Galion City Schools after 17 years. He has been the custodian at Christ United Methodist Church in Galion since retiring from the Galion Schools.

Ron is a member of the Christ United Methodist Church in Galion where he operated the sound system for them in the past.  He is a former Galion Lions Club Member and enjoyed trains.  He could be seen all around the area running sound systems and lights for all kind of events, like festivals, including the Bratwurst Festival in Bucyrus, Memorial Day Celebration in Bucyrus, air shows, cross country meets, car shows, Galion music in the park, Galion Schools Mock Crash and has handled sound and lights for over 60 proms even while he was still in high school. He enjoyed watching people while at all the events, had a loving and kind heart and was especially proud of his family.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by four children, Richard “Rick” Barnes of Galion, Rhonda Barnes-Montey of Mansfield, Sherry (Howard) McKinney of Galion and Scott Barnes of Ontario; 11 grandchildren, Tiffany, Ricky, Nikki, Robin, Brittany, Joey, Bethany, Vince, Makensie, Drew and Carson; five great-grandchildren, Dakota, Johanna, Declan, Zavier and Matthew.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 29, 2018 at Christ United Methodist Church, 130 East Walnut Street, Galion, Ohio  44833 where a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday with Rev. Matthew Weaver officiating.

Full military honors will be conducted by the United States Army and the Galion Crestline Veterans Military Funeral Detail.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christ United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Ron Barnes, and condolences may be made to them at


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  • Sharon, Evelyn, and family; no words can help at this sad time but please be comforted knowing your friends are thinking of you. Alan and I extend deepest condolences to you all. God bless.

  • My heart is breaking. So sorry for all his family which I was part of while growing up. I can hear him laughing and telling his stories. Remembering all his Christmas lights. One main thing..he always called me trouble from the time I was 15 till 55. Thank you for all the memories from being your kids babysitter to including me in surprise birthday parties and anniversary parties which I would come to from Columbus. Now on this most important time I will not be able to say good-bye with the most important people in his life but always remember….I will never ever forget him! Love all of you!
    Kathi Cunningham (Prosser)

  • Sharon and family, this news comes with sadness but at the same time it brings back good memories of Ron. He was my cousin and even though I was much younger than Ron I couldn’t wait to get to his house at Christmas time to see that train set. After looking at gifts he would always take my dad and I down stairs and run that train.At my age that train was huge it would disappear in the walls and come out on the other side from tunnels and I was just amazed. I also remember going to the Dennison football games with my parents to watch Ron lead the band down the field as he was the drum major and with his height he really stood out. I will never forget that. After Chris and I moved to Florida we didn’t get to see much of your family except once in a while at family reunions but even though the face to face times were few we always got a Christmas card from Sharon and Ron. I know who will be running the trains in heaven. Rest in peace Ron and condolences to Sharon, Aunt Evelyn and the rest of the family. Chris & Jim.

  • Sharon and family:

    We are so sorry about Ron’s death. Please know that we care and that you are in our prayers.

  • Sharon,

    Sending my deepest condolences on Ron’s passing. He was a wonderful hard working man, made me a better man knowing him. I will always have fond memories…

  • Sharon and family. We are so sad that Ronnie passed. RIP. He was a great son, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and just a wonderful man. I always wondered how an only child produced such a large family. I’ll never forget the family reunions. It was always great to see all of you.

    Ronnie cared so much about your community and was so involved..that’s a special person.

    We will always cherish the memories and celebrate his life.

    Love to all of you, Ed and Mary Long Icove

    PS Sharon, Ed retired from city council after 34 years. Yeah

  • Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Sharon and your family at this difficult time. Love to you all.