Ronald LeRoy Dawson

January 15, 1935 ‒ February 28, 2021

Marion, Ohio

Ronald LeRoy Dawson, age 86, of Marion, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, February 28, 2021.

Ron was born in Marion, Ohio on January 15, 1935 to the late LeRoy Martin and Alice Marie (Artopoeus) Dawson.  He attended Pearl Street School for three years before transferring to Pleasant Grade School.  He graduated from Pleasant High School in 1953. While in school, Janice Louise Matson caught Ron’s eye at the Upper Sandusky Swimming Pool and shortly after, the two were wed on November 1, 1953; Janice survives.

After graduating, Ron entered the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict where he served as a clerk in The OSI and scheduled classes for pilots.  After serving for four years, he was Honorably Discharged and found work at The Unemployment Office, Retail Credit, and Tecumseh.  Later, Ron retired, three times, from Swan Hose in Bucyrus.

Ron was a longtime member of The Marion First Church of The Nazarene.  In younger years he enjoyed camping, golfing and archery.  He could often be found playing Racquetball and spending as much time possible outdoors.

Ron is survived by his wife, Janice; daughters, Denise (Don) Thiel and Ann (Jim) Eckard; grandchildren, Susan (Rev. Rhett) Crabtree, Mary (Justin) Price, Nicholas (Kristan Myers) Eckard, and Sara (Eric) Alvardo, 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson, and siblings, Craig Dawson and Sally (David) McMann.

Friends may call at The Marion First Church of The Nazarene on Wednesday, March 3, 2021  from 1  until  3 pm.  A funeral service will be held at 3 pm with Dr. Steve Estep and Rev. Rhett Crabtree officiating.

Memorial donations may be made in Ron’s honor to The Marion First Church of The Nazarene.

Snyder Funeral Homes, Gunder/Hall Chapel is honored to serve Ron’s family.  Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

  • My condolences to the family. When loosing a loved one it can be unbearable. That is why God has provided scriptures in the Bible to help ones cope with the loss. In the Bible book of Isaiah 25:8 Jehovah God promises soon to “swallow up death forever.” He also promises to bring back those who have fallen asleep in death (Acts 24:15). In a little while longer this kind of pain will be a thing of the past (Revelations 21:4). May these scriptures bring you comfort in this difficult time (

  • Jan, We are so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. Please accept our condolences. Harry and Elaine Uber

  • Jesus said, “Those who believe in Him wil never die”. What a comfort. Rest In Peace, dear brother.

    Sally and Dave

  • Dear Jan and family . I just learned the news about Ron from Ted, Jr. I am remembering the times our families were together. Both the happy times and the sad. I am so sorry for your loss .
    Barbara McFann .