Ronald Lee Kidwell
March 23, 1937 ‒ December 31, 2020
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MANSFIELD: And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Rev. 21:5
Ronald Lee Kidwell, age 83, was born March 23, 1937 in Mansfield, Ohio to the late Darrell and Pauline (Dorner) Kidwell. He attended the old Woodville School, and graduated in 1955 from Madison High School.
Over the last five years, God brought Ron through two cancers and numerous operations, but, while reading the Bible, as he had done for the last 20 years, God suddenly took him home to himself the morning of December 31st, 2020.
Ron grew up learning how to work- pumping gas, selling magazines door to door, and summer factory work as early as age 15. Later he earned a position as foreman at J Plastics. In the 1980’s he bought the franchise for ChemDry of Richland County. His business earned local awards and continues to serve our community after Ron retired in 2010.
The heartbeat of Ron’s life was his unshakable faith. Ron was a member of Berean Baptist Church where he participated in the Men’s Class, Men’s Prayer Group, Bible studies and small groups, and the Food Ministry. Since the 1990’s, he shared the Gospel outreach of Gideons’ International and also traveled to more than 85 prison evangelism events across eastern U.S. with Bill Glass Ministries. Locally, Ron was instrumental in setting up mentoring programs for inmates at the Mansfield prisons. He faithfully invited other men to join him in prison evangelism and more than a dozen men have joined him for those outreach events. Those who worked with him found a man who knew God had redeemed him from an early life of rebellion and sin, and had changed him into a man with a heart for prisoners and a love for his Savior. Ron Kidwell ended his time well.
Ron married Faith Laughlin in 1990 and they renewed their vows in 1997. Their enjoyment of North Carolina Beaches in the summer and Venice, Florida warmth over the last seven winters has left wonderful memories of scenic bicycle rides, beach sand, and sun on the gulf waters.
Ron leaves his wife, Faith Laughlin Kidwell, son Grant Michael Kidwell and his mother Kathryn Kehlmeier, brother Larry Kidwell, step children Kathryn Laughlin (Nate Singleton), Andrew and Elizabeth (Wilson) Laughlin and their son Bennett Laughlin, and Christine Laughlin.
Calling hours will be at the Snyder Funeral Home on Lexington Avenue on Sunday, January 10, from 2-4. A service celebrating Ron’s life will be held at Berean Baptist Church on Middle Bellville Rd. at 11 a.m. Monday, January 11; with a calling hour from 10-11 preceding the service. Pastor Jim Berry, Brother Lentrail Abston, and Kimber Woods will speak. For guests unable to attend, the service will be live streamed on the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home Facebook page. Burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Bill Glass Ministries (www.behindthewalls.com) or to the Berean Food Pantry ministry (www. bereanfamily.com).
Please visit:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com to view Ron’s tribute video.
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