Ronald “Ron” Middleton

November 29, 1950 ‒ March 11, 2020

Fredericktown, Ohio

FREDERICKTOWN: “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” Psalm 116:15

Ronald “Ron” Middleton went to be with the Lord Wednesday afternoon, March 11, 2020, from his home surrounded by his family. He was 69.

He was born November 29, 1950, in Highland, Illinois, to parents Victor & June (Ware) Middleton. He graduated from Lucas High School with the class of 1968, then proudly served his country by joining the US Air Force before attending The Ohio State University and Texas A&M University.

Ron was a member of Peoples Baptist Church and also a board member of Ron Middleton Mission Outreach.

Ron worked for Kroger for 27 years and retired in 1994 to launch a new career as an entrepreneur, and established R & K Distributing, an independent distributorship for McKee Foods products. He continued the distributorship for fourteen years until in 2008 he founded another business venture called Middleton Mechanical, LLC, which is still in operation today.

In spare time, he enjoyed going fishing and even a little hunting. He also enjoyed muscle cars, especially Mopars; but above all, Ron cherished his family.

He is survived by his loving wife Kimberly Middleton; children Jeremiah (Amanda) Middleton, Joshua (Kristi) Middleton, Aaron (Dani) Middleton, Abigail (Joel) Fugate, Andrew (Katherine) Middleton and Sharon Middleton; and 11 grandchildren. Ron was preceded in death by his parents.

The Middleton family will receive friends Sunday, March 15, 2020, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A funeral service honoring Ron’s life will be held Monday, March 16, 2020, at Peoples Baptist Church beginning at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Union Cemetery in Perrysville.

Contributions in Ron’s memory to Ron Middleton Missions Outreach may be sent to the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Ron’s family and encourages you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • Sending condolences to Kim and the family. When Ron was a teen he was like a son spent a lot of weekends at our home was a good friend with my son ,as years and families and jobs took up time we sorta drifted apart .SORRY things happen that way .He was a special person to me.I know he is rejoicing with his parent’s in heaven now that is the best legacy anyone can leave.God bless the family may God comfort you and the family.

  • I had the pleasure of working with Ron on a project at The Energy Cooperative. Ron was a wonderful man inside and out. He always had a smile on his face. May all your precious memories of Ron get you thru this time of sorrow.

  • Ron was my nephew even though I was just 4 years older than him. He, Marilyn & I used to play together as kids. He would relate memories that he had of us growing up even though I had forgotten some of them. He always had a big smile as he greeted you & loved to reminisce about the old days. But his greatest joy was sharing about how he had witnessed to someone & they had accepted Christ as their Savior. He was always so excited & animated as he told the story. I love him, his family & all my nieces & nephews & always pray that they will follow the Lord & not the ways of this world. Rest In Peace & have the BEST reunion ever with your Mom & Dad.

  • Memories of Ron-
    In 1977 Ron was given the opportunity for a paid vacation to California and back in a semi truck. My husband gave Ron a crash course on how to drive and he obtained his chauffeurs license. Ron was excited about the freedom of the road. With an 80,000 pound rig off they went. After 4-5 days being cooped up in a 7 X 10 foot space, eating and sleeping in the rig and taking truck stop showers they were bickering like an old married couple. Ron complained that he had to drive every time they had to cross mountains or there was heavy traffic. My husband replied “yea right, that’s hard to do when your in the bunk for 12 to 15 hours every time you go to bed.” After 2400 miles they finally made it to California. After delivering 45,000 pounds of chicken wire that had to be hand unloaded by Ron and my husband they finally were able to get out of the truck for a couple days. On the 3rd day they loaded produce back for Ohio. On the top of Donner Pass in the little town of Soda Springs, CA the semi truck broke down. Ron had to fly home to get back to his job at Kroger’s while my husband stayed with the rig. Ron didn’t want my husband to be alone nor make the long trip back home by himself. So, Ron purchased and paid for a plane ticket for me to meet my husband in Reno Nevada where the truck had been towed to. Ron drove me to the Columbus airport, hugged me and told me to have a good time. Ron told me to tell my husband to keep the portion of the pay he was supposed to get and spend it on the honeymoon we never had although we had been married since 1974. Ron was a kind and generous big brother and will be missed. Thank you for the memories!
    All our love to Kim and kids from Uncle Heaven and Aunt Delia

  • When I was born, Mom said to Ron this is your little sister to love and look out for and Ron did in a thousand & one ways. I followed him around as he liked to talk to everyone and I was shy so I let him talk for me. Whenever Ron got hurt, I cried for him. One time he stepped on a nail that was in a board and I hurt!! Another time a dog bit him and Dad & Mom had to clean the wound…he hollered and I cried! I always felt his pain and joy.

    We had a revival at church when I was seven years old. Ron asked Jesus into his heart and got saved. The next day I was catching the ball for him to warm up for his ball game. When I looked across the yard as he threw the ball to me, I was thinking Ronnie’s going to Heaven and I am not. I could not wait to get to the revival that night so I could ask Jesus into my heart so I could go to heaven, too. I could not let him leave me behind.

    Ron was there for all the important events in my life. When I was almost 16 years old, Ron can home from his job and said “hey would you like to go to the Madison basketball game with me”. This was a high school in Mansfield and we went to Lucas. I said yes, anything to get out of the house. I did not know it then, but that’s when my future husband, Rick, saw me and decided to pursue me. A few years later, we were married and this year in April we will have been married 47 years.

    All these years, Ron and I have had a special bond. I could not have asked for a better big brother and I will miss him.

    All our love and prayers to Kim and family from Uncle Rick and Aunt Vicki.

  • My older brother was one of my heroes growing up. When I thought of what it was to be a man I thought of him. I remember going to visit him at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and going through the museum and thinking it was so cool that our brother could get us in there. He helped his mom and dad with younger kids like me in many ways. Whether it was taking us fishing in Old Mort complete with cane poles and a fish stuck up in the tree before the day was out, going hunting, teaching the basics of auto mechanics, encouraging us, he and Dad taking us down to the shop to talk us through some troubling teen years, offering words of advice before our marriage, teaching to water ski on Lake Somerville, or eating the biggest steak in Texas, Ron was always there. I got to watch him grow spiritually as well as he dug into his Bible and we had many good conversations at his table over coffee on many subjects. He was always a little Larger than Life. I know he is eternally happy in heaven but will be sorely missed down here. Ron you are my hero will love forever, your little brother Danny.

  • To the family and close friends of Mr. Ron Middleton, I offer my prayers and sincere condolences during this trying time. I pray for God’s peace and mercy upon you all. Know that it is now that God is carrying you all. To my dear friend Sharon you know that you are forever in my heart, my thoughts, and my prayers. Your journey is heavy right now, but know that it will get easier. God’s blessing to each and every one of you.

    PS: Such a beautiful memorial video.

  • My brother Ron is almost 20 years older than me. So, my earliest memories of him was him coming home and picking me up and rubbing his whiskers across my face til I squealed, and he would laugh. It was his way of showing his love. He did that to me almost every time he came home.
    I remember him being away for a period of time as a little girl. He probably was in the military during this time. He mailed me a present. He bought me a necklace. In the middle, it has the prettiest little stone. I still have it all these years later.
    I remember Ron taking me out for ice cream at the ice cream stand in the Perrysville/Loudenville area. That was a big treat! He told me that it was the best ice cream in town! He was always so thoughtful of his younger brothers and sisters.
    I remember going to Texas to see him with mom and dad. He took some of us on his boat. We had a wonderful time swimming and skiing.
    I remember Ron and Kim coming from Texas to come to my wedding in Dwight, IL. My husband and I paid for our wedding and really didn’t have much money to go on our honeymoon. Before Ron left, he came to me and handed me money. We received gifts from folks. But, his was the largest monetary gift and he came the furthest distance away.
    Several years passed, Ron came to visit me and I now had kids. He would pick up my little girls and rub his whiskers across their face just like he did to me…til they squealed and he would laugh!
    I remember how Ron loved coffee! One morning at my house, my kids said said that he drank 12 cups. They were counting! Lol!
    After Ron was diagnosed with cancer, I remember talking to him about his salvation. I didn’t doubt his salvation. I just wanted to hear him say that he knew beyond a shadow of doubt that he was going to Heaven. He assured me that he knew!
    I have so many memories! I’m just so thankful for Heaven! I know where he is! This is just a temporary goodbye…until we meet again! All my love!

  • Kim and family,
    My heart aches so much for all of you!!!! What a beautiful memorial tribute to Ron! The pictures speak of the extraordinary husband, father and grandfather he was. And what a tremendous legacy you and he created for your children and grandchildren!
    Please know our prayers for God’s comfort and grace continue for each of you.
    Much love,
    Lois and Paul McBride