Ronald M. Michalovich, Sr., age 78, of Butler lost his battle with COPD on Sunday, February 16, 2014, his 57th wedding anniversary.
He was born in Cleveland on April 19, 1935 the son of Michael J. and Goldie (Shudy) Michalovich and was graduated from Holy Name High School in 1954. Ron also attended The Ohio State University.
A U.S. Army veteran, he served six months active duty and five and a half years in the reserves. After his basic and advanced training at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, Ron attended two weeks each summer for training in railroad transportation at Ft. Eustis, Virginia and also attended Camp Lee in Petersburg, Virginia. Ron obtained the rank of Sergeant during his time with the Army.
Although he was raised in the city, Ron always enjoyed spending time as a youngster on his friends’ dairy farm. He was an avid horseman and loved being around animals. He and his family moved to Butler in February of 1965. In 1997 Ron retired from Mansfield Plumbing Products with 20 years of service.
Ron served as a 4H advisor for more than 12 years. During that time he started a 4H group called Spokes and Wheels for the Butler “city kids.” He was an active member of the Butler Old Fashioned Days committee, was a past member of the Butler Lions Club and worked as a board member for the Clear Fork Adult Center. Working for the Clear Fork Athletic Boosters kept Ron busy for many years, until his heart attack in 2008.
As a young man, he enjoyed traveling with his parents out west and especially trips to Mexico. While his children were young, his family vacationed at prominent historical sites, and that tradition continued with his grandchildren.
Ron was an active member of Resurrection Parish in Lexington.
He is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy (McKee) whom he married February 16, 1957; four children and their spouses Ronald (Renee) Michalovich Jr. of Nashville, Michael Michalovich of Butler, James (Ana) Michalovich of Bellville and Marianne (Mark) Brokaw of Fredericksburg, Virginia; grandchildren Kevin (Kari) Michalovich, Steven (Alexis) Michalovich, Mark (Lynn) Brokaw Jr., Melissa (Ryan) Shuler, Alex Michalovich, Michael (Candace)Brokaw, Nickoli Michalovich, Marie Brokaw, Matthew Brokaw, Filipe Dusi and Maria Marzarotto, two great grandchildren Blakleigh and Braxton Michalovich; and his mother Goldie Michalovich of Butler.
He was preceded in death by his father Michael J. Michalovich in 2004.
Friends may call Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. Calling will continue Thursday morning from 10-11 am in the vestibule at Resurrection Parish where a Mass of Christian Burial, celebrated by The Very Rev. Father Nelson Beaver, will be held at 11 am. Burial with military honors performed by Irvin Hiskey Post #535 American Legion, will follow in Bellville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Ron’s memory to the Butler-Clear Fork Adult Center may be made through the funeral home.
Private expressions of sympathy may be made by visiting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.