Ronald Thomas “Ron” Ahles

August 18, 1939 ‒ June 18, 2021

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Ronald Thomas “Ron” Ahles, 81, of Mansfield, passed away Friday evening June 18, 2021 at home, surrounded by his family, following a brief illness.

The son of Paul “Bud” and Delores (Chirdon) Ahles, Ron was born August 18, 1939 in Ashville, Pennsylvania and graduated from Cresson Joint High School.  Ron served in the Army and was honorably discharged on January 31, 1963.

Ron met Elaine Boland, and their first official date was midnight mass in 1961.  Eight months later, on August 25, 1962 Ron and Elaine were married.

Raising their family in Mansfield, Ron worked for General Motors.  He retired after 40 years, as a quality control engineer.

Ron faithfully served as member of Resurrection Parish and auxiliary member at St. Peters Catholic Church.  He assisted in leading the Respect For Life Group, was an altar server for daily mass and funeral mass services, and visited and served communion to those who were hospitalized and home bound.  Ron was a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus.

He loved to golf….especially with his son Jon.   Ron was a member at the Woods Golf Course.  Ron was a family-man.  He will be remembered for his strong faith and dedication to his family and church.

He is survived by his wife Elaine Ahles of Mansfield; children Mark (Deborah) Ahles of Fairborn, Laurie (Jeff) Loparo of South Carolina, and Jon (Wanda) Ahles of Lexington; grandchildren Elizabeth, Rachel, Sarah, Aaron, Rose, Ryan, Tyler, Amber, and Ashley; 12 great grandchildren; brother Gary (Karen) Ahles of Cresson, Pennsylvania; brother-in-law Chuck Homerick of Cresson, Pennsylvania; nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his sister Phyllis Homerick.

Ron’s family will receive friends Tuesday evening, June 22, 2021 from 5-7 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where vigil services will be held at 7 pm.  Funeral mass at Resurrection Parish will be held Wednesday at 10 am.  Father Kevin Moebius will officiate.  Burial with military honors will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Resurrection Parish may be made at the funeral home.

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  • Elaine&family,
    My deepest sympathy to you& your family. I was so shocked& saddened to hear of Ron’s death. Just want you to know what an inspiration you& Ron have been to me since I lost Ken two years ago. Your friendship has meant the world to me. You will be in my thoughts& prayers always. God Bless you Elaine.

  • Dear Elaine, Mark, Lori, Jon, and your wonderful extended family,
    I am very sorry for your loss, and I wish you all of the comfort you extended to me so many years ago.
    I remember Ron as a kind and caring man who had a gift for getting beyond small talk and discussing things as he saw them. He was a good listener, and had a good sense of humor. He will truly be missed. Lots of love,
    Darrin Bonecutter

  • Dear big sister Elaine – Ron has been a wonderful brother – in – law and we always enjoyed his common sense, humor and wisdom when we talked at the family reunions. I always respected his insight and opinions on many topics.
    Love and prayers, little brother Tim ( I was 11 years old when you were married)

  • Elaine and the Ahles Family
    Had the Honor and privilege of being part of Ron”s life as a teacher, coach at Cresson Joint High School. For me , he was a very good student. As a football player , one of the BEST halfbacks we ever had.Loved to challenge him to 100 yard dashes.A great memory for me.Was Advisor to the Class of 1958 and have maintained contact with a GREAT Group of people. Was able to talk to Ron on Thursday and promised to call him every week. God saw his need for him in Heaven. My wife and I offer our sympathies.
    Can’t wait to race him in Heaven.

    Richard Lenz
    Arlington Texas

  • Dear Elaine,

    Ron was one of my best friends growing up in Cresson.
    We went to school together at St. Francis Xavier’s, and then Cresson Joint High.
    We were football buddies at CJH, and his friendship always brings fond memories.

    It was really nice to see him at our last Reunion. He will be missed.

    I think we can rejoice in knowing he is in a much better place, and now at peace.

    God bless you and your family. Please keep strong during this difficult time, and know that much love is there for the sharing.

    Bill Bannan
    Silver Spring, MD
    (Cresson Joint H.S., ’55-’58) (St. Francis Xavier Elementary School, ’46-’54)

  • Dear Elaine and family,

    Our sincere sympathy to you. May you find peace knowing he is no longer suffering.

  • Dear Elaine and family,

    I want to offer my sincere condolences

    I went to St Francis Xavier and Cresson high school with Ron

    He was always friendly and kind. So glad he was part of my school life.

    Grateful he is not suffering. God Bless his family.

  • Elaine and family,
    Very sorry the hear about your loss. May
    he Rest In Peace with the Lord. Prayers for the family during these difficult times.

  • Elaine and Family, I will be saying many rosaries for Ron and your family. May God bless your entire family. Love and God Bless, John Clauss

  • Elaine and family, my heart hurts for all. Ron was truly a wonderful servant to all and I feel blessed to have know him! He will be missed by all that knew him. Please hold onto your memories and your faith – and may the perpetual light shine upon him!

  • Elaine, Please except my heartfelt condolences to you and your family on Ron’s passing. I’m sure that his memory will forever live on in your hearts. I know one of my favorite memories of Ron will be of us playing golf together and how much joy and fun we had!! He will be truly missed!!

  • Dear Elaine and Family,

    Was sorry to hear of your loss. Had the pleasure of seeing Ronnie at Phyllis’ passing. We talked at length about our good times. Phyllis and I were cheerleaders together and Ronnie played football. I stayed at their house after all our away games and then walked home the next day to the farm. My sympathies to you and your family.

  • I did not know Ron, but I am a colleague of Mark’s. I would imagine a good deal of Mark’s character and devotion can be attributed to the kind of father he had. I hope there is comfort in your memories of him.

  • Dear Aunt Elaine and Family,

    We were deeply saddened to hear of Uncle Ronnie’s sudden passing. Our hearts are heavy, as we are unable to say goodbye with the rest of the family.
    Know that our thoughts, prayers, and love are with you all during this difficult.

    Tracey and I cherish the fond childhood memories of our summer holidays together.

    Our sympathy and condolences.

  • Elaine , Jon and family. I was so sorry to hear of your loss. It’s been a very long time but I remember what a nice man he was and what a beautiful family. I will also tell my son Gary in that he went to school with your son. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time and may the wonderful memories help you through this difficult time.

  • Elaine,
    So sorry to read of your husband’s death. Wishing you and your family peace, comfort and many happy memories.
    Deb Mitsch (BWC )

  • Elaine and family,
    You did a great job with the funeral service.
    Ron and I volunteered together at the hospital. He talked about all of you and how proud he was. He was a big influence to me, very caring and his love for God.
    I will miss our conversations and friendship.
    Rest In Peace my friend.

  • Jon,
    So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Ron was a great guy and a lot
    of fun to play golf with, especially in Santee. You have my deepest sympathy.

  • Hello Mark and family –

    You and the family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  • Ron was one of the best we had on the management team. He knew his job and knew how and when to stick to his guns. I just loved the way he could brighten up our green room meetings – a place known for “blood & guts” tactics. He could rise above all the indignities that accompanied a strict quality man, but he made the plant shine in terms of great products being sent to our assembly plants

    I got to spend considerable time with Ron at various times in our careers and I found him to be such a down to earth, decent person. He made me laugh many times when I did not think I could laugh and he cared. We enjoyed being able to talk as “just simple people” trying to get the job done.

    Ron was one of the few who taught me lessons in management I still use today. He will be sorely missed by all who know him, but it was an honor to have known him in our walk of life. God bless the family and all the other friends I see on here. May Ron rest in the kingdom of Heaven with all who have come before.