Ronald M. Davidson

May 21, 1945 ‒ August 22, 2018

Gambier, Ohio

Ronald M. Davidson, 73, of Gambier passed away Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at Knox Community Hospital surrounded by his family. He was born on May 21, 1945 in Mount Vernon to the late William F. and Betty E. (Frye) Davidson.

Ronald was a member of the last graduating class from Howard High School.  He worked for Columbia Gas while he was in high school and after graduation; He continued to work for them until he retired as a Supervisor for the Plant and Service Departments.  Ronald was a member of the Gambier Fish and Game Club, Colonial City Moose Lodge, and the Ohio Lodge #199, F. & A.M., Bladensburg.  He owned and operated a backhoe for many years and was always donating his work to area families.  Ronald was a licensed pilot and enjoyed flying his father-in-law’s plane.  In his spare time, Ronald enjoyed watching basketball, football, golf and keeping up on current events, but most of all he loved to spend time with his family.

Ronald is survived by his junior high school sweetheart, Cherie (Bross) Davidson, whom he married on July 3, 1964; his daughters, Melissa “Missy” (John) Kempton of Mount Vernon and Jacinda “Jay” (Brian) Palm of Mount Vernon; grandchildren, Chelsea Kempton of Columbus and Abbi and Bradin Palm of Mount Vernon; brothers, Gary (Joan) Davidson of Mount Vernon and Tom (Harrianne Mills) Davidson of  Mountain View, CA; a special brother-in-law, Neil “Colonel” (Nora) Bross of Howard and brother-in-law, Bill Rogers of Mount Vernon; a special niece, Lauren Bross of Columbus; a nephew, Lucas Davidson; and his canine companion, Skye.

In addition to his parents, Ronald was preceded in death by his sister, Judith A. Rogers.

In following with Ronald’s wish, there will not be any services.

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  • So many good memories with Ron (Blue) and Cherie. He was a true friend to me for 56 years and he always called me on my birthday. My deepest sympathy goes out to Cherie. Missy and Jacinda.

  • To The Davidson Family,
    I am deeply sadden by the loss of Ron. I know what his family meant to him, and how much he enjoyed life. You are all in my thoughts and Prayers. I am a better person to have worked for and known him, and so Proud to call him Brother.

  • Cherie and family so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Condolences Dale and Nancy (farmer) Sapp

  • Jacinda and family.. I am deeply sorry about your Dad.. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.. Pam Cline.

  • On behalf of my sister’s memory (Becky Wyant McFadden who was a class mate of Ronnie ) and myself, I offer sincere and deepest sympathy to the family and will be keeping all in thoughts and prayers at this time. Carleen Wyant Snell

  • Cherie and family sending my condolences to you and all of the family. Ron was a long time of the Burch family, he was a good guy. Nancy Burch Smith

  • So sorry to hear of Ron’s passing My deepest sympathy to Cherie and family. Class of “64”

  • To the Davidson Family,
    We are saddened to learn of Ron’s passing. Great memories of growing up in Gambier.
    We hope those memories bring you family comfort.
    David and Lisa Seitz.

  • Dear Ones, Lucille Bross and Linda Bross Masys and Dan send their deepest sympathy and love to you all. What a sweet love story Ronnie & Cherie had all these years and will continue on. Blessings to all.

  • Cherie,
    Liz and I were saddened to here of Ronnie’s passing. We have so many fond memories of him, going all the way back to those days when we would moonlight with his backhoe, plow snow for the college, drink beer at Dorothy’s Lunch and The VI…and many many more. He was a great guy and a great friend. We miss him.
    Our best to you and the family. We’ll see you around Gambier.

    Dan and Liz Ralston

  • Dear Jacinda & family,

    You & your family are in my thoughts & prayers. May your many wonderful memories help sustain you all during such a difficult time.


    Shelli Walker

  • Cherie, Jacinda, and family:
    Thinking of you at this difficult time. May memories comfort you and bring you peace.

    Vickie Marra
    Roger Marra

  • So sorry to hear of Rons passing out prayers are with you . My dad Paul Mills worked with Ron at Columbia Gas . I remember dad coming home and talk about ron
    And the rest of the men he work with. A lot of good memories

  • My heartfelt sympathy goes out to friends and family of Ron. He was a good friend to all that new him and will be dearly missed by all, may God bless him in his last journey!