Ronald E. Gadrim

October 23, 1943 ‒ April 27, 2018

Delaware, Ohio

Ronald E. Gadrim 74, of Delaware passed away peacefully Friday, April 27, 2018 after an extended illness.

He was born October 23, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of John & Mary (Greenway) Gadrim.

Ron graduated High School in 1961, and joined the United States Navy soon after. He served on the USS Nimitz as an Aviation Electronic Technician before he retired from the Navy in 1986. He was proud and honored to serve his country.

On a trip home on leave he met his loving wife Cynthia “Cindy” Kobi , and they married October 1, 1988. Ron was a member of The Ohio Mushroom Society, and started the Preservation Parks Photo Club.

Survivors include his wife Cindy Gadrim; sons Ellis and Richard (Gina) Gadrim; daughters Beth Rush, and Carol Gadrim; 9 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; Mother Mary Greenlee; brothers Jim Gadrim and Tom Greenlee; sisters Maureen (Mike) Kemper, Mariellen (David) Hysell; sister in-law Marsha (Jay) Ramsey; brothers in-law Larry (Janice), Mark (Dorothy Hamilton) Kobi; numerous nieces, and  nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father John, brothers Jack and Dan Gadrim, step- father John Greenlee.

Ron had a passion for being outdoors; he enjoyed photography, fishing and medicinal mushroom harvesting. He was a kind, and perfect soul who will be missed by all who knew him.

A Celebration of life service will be held  4:00 p.m. Friday, May 11, 2018 at The Snyder- Rodman Funeral Center 101 Valleyside Drive, Delaware, Ohio 43015. Family and friends may call from 2:00 p.m. until the time of the service. Burial will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Ronald’s name may be directed towards Delaware County Veterans Services, 149 N. Sandusky St., Delaware, Ohio 43015.

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The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve this veteran and his family.

  • Ronnie, RIP Sir! Thank you for serving our country. Please know that you are a Hero and are loved by many! I met you 55 years ago ! You be missed by all! Love and prayers to all your loved ones! May you rest now with your father, brothers and nephew Jerry! God bless you.

  • Cousin Ronnie…My fondest memory of you was when you came to visit us in Dolton. You were dressed in your Navy whites. I was so in awe of you and couldn’t have been prouder of my cousin! When you see my Mom in Heaven please give her a hug and kiss from me ok? Love You ❤️ RIP. Kathleen

  • In life, we get distracted and pulled in every direction, missing out on time. Time is the most precious gift we hold and memories are what hold us together for a lifetime. I will miss our time together fishing on the banks of what ever lake or stream we can find. I will miss the father and son time we spent while I would ask questions and then listen to your loving answers and stories. I will hold on to these memories and pass down your legacy to your grandchildren. You will never be forgotten. I miss you and love you with all my heart and soul. I will see you again with my fishing pole in hand ready to take a stroll down to the river to our father and son fishing spot.

    Forever you son Richard Gadrim

  • Rest easy Grampa you’ll be forever missed. I love you so much. I’ll tell Austin all about you and where he got his middle name. You’ll always be in our hearts.

  • I met Ron in 2013 when I moved in next to him and Cindy. We started talking and soon became friends. We would help each other do things around our homes and would talk often even when there wasn’t things that needed to be done. He told me about how he liked to go look for mushrooms and thier purpose. I wanted to go with him, but didn’t have a chance. I looked forward to talk to him every time we could because he always had interesting things to say. From his time in the Navy, to his passion for taking pictures, to just talking about whatever came up. Rest in peace my good friend . I will miss you and our talks.

  • God Bless and Thank YOU, AET.Gadrim for your 25 years of service in The United States Navy,aboard The USS Nimitz CVN-68.Retiring 1986.”Fair winds and following seas”…. And Semper Fi. “Sailor rest your oar”.

  • Uncle Ron,
    You will greatly be missed. We always laughed and had a great time together, playing cards and spending time together as a family. Your memory will live on through all those that hold you close in their hearts. We love you very much xoxo

  • A quote from Winnie the Pooh. ” How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” You will be greatly missed and live forever in our hearts and prayers. We love you a whole sky full. Marsha and Jay