Ronald Lee Kearns

October 17, 1935 ‒ January 05, 2003

Butler, Ohio

BUTLER: Ronald Lee Kearns, 67, of Armstrong Road, Butler, died Sunday evening January 5, 2003 in Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon following a short illness.

He was born October 17, 1935 in Clearfield, Pennsylvania to Morris and Helen (Dunlap) Billotte, and raised by his adoptive parents Ralph and Esther (Michael) Kearns. He was graduated from Madison High School in 1954, and had lived in the Mansfield area most of his life.

Following high school, Ronald apprenticed as an electrician before entering the US Air Force in 1955.

Following his honorable discharge from the Air Force in 1963, Ron worked as a construction electrician with IBEW Local 688, retiring with 48 years of service.

He was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter #148, and loved ultralight flying and aviation, as well as golfing with friends.

Ron is survived by his wife of 41 years Bernice J. (Teeter) Kearns, whom he married December 31, 1961; three children and their spouses Breck Kearns of Waterford, Connecticut, Wynn and Beth Kearns of Lexington and Dara and Peter Psarouthakis of Grass Lake, Michigan; five grandchildren Tanner, Olivia and Mason Kearns and John Gray and Taylor Grace Psarouthakis; three sisters and brothers-in-law Lois and Fred Bauer and Linda and Robert Hostettler all of Mansfield, and Dolores and Juan Martinez of Los Angeles, California; a brother and sister-in-law Richard and Jennifer Billotte of Niceville, Florida; a half sister Patty and her husband Ken Carrier of Tampa, Florida, half brother Gary Sanborn of Mansfield; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers James and William Troupe.

Friends may call Wednesday January 8, 2003 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. The memorial service will follow at 7:30 pm. The Revs. Ken Kinley, Doug Beggs and Patrick Bailey will officiate. A graveside service will be held Thursday at 11 am in Mansfield Memorial Park, where the Richland County Joint Veterans Council will hold graveside military honors.

Memorial contributions to Hospice of Knox County or The Seeing Eye, Inc., Morristown, New Jersey, may be made at the funeral home.