Ronald E. “Ron” Etter
August 31, 1952 ‒ July 26, 2017
Formerly of St. Marys, Ohio
Ronald E. Etter, age 64 of Ashley, succumbed to cancer, July 26, 2017, after fighting a two year battle.
He was born on August 31, 1952 in Lima to the late Gordon E. and Lillian (Moore) Etter. A graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School in 1970, he went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from the College of Wooster.
He married his high school sweetheart, Roslyn “Rose” (Hierholzer), in 1975. The couple shared nearly 50 wonderful years together, almost 42 of them as husband and wife, making a life together and raising their three children on a farm north of Ashley.
A gifted writer and creative mind, he worked as a copywriter and producer in the field of advertising. Ron began with the advertising agency of Kight Cowman Abram Advertising and spent the majority of his career with Lord Sullivan & Yoder. Most recently, he worked as a Senior Copywriter with GSW Inventiv Health. Ron was a dedicated employee that thoroughly enjoyed his work, making many cherished friends and receiving numerous accolades, including several ADDY awards, along the way.
Above all else, Ron was devoted to his family. He made it a point to attend every practice, event and activity of his children. Family vacations spent at the Outer Banks were the highlight of his summers. He possessed a large collection of vinyl records, and connected with his family through his passion for music. Ron also enjoyed sports, particularly the soccer events of his children, and fishing with his friends on Ara Lake in Canada. He was a loyal friend, wonderful husband, adoring father, doting grandfather and, put simply, “an all-around good guy”.
He is survived by his wife Rose, children: Andrew (Ashley) Etter of Columbus, Rachel Etter of Dublin, Leslie (Michael) Williams of Powell, treasured granddaughters: Cecelia and Charlotte Williams, brothers: Tom (Joan) of Grandview, Bob (Kim) of Dayton, Jon (Sharon) of Grandview, Roger (Evey) of Delaware, and Dana (Gloria) Etter of Michigan, nieces, nephews, and friends including best friend and fishing buddy Page Smith.
Friends may call from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday at Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Dr. at W. William St., Delaware, Ohio 43015 where services celebrating the life of Ron will follow at 4:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to: cancer research organizations, Kindred Hospice or Pelotonia at http://www.mypelotonia.org/donate_cart.jsp?MemberID=127220
Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com