NEW CASTLE, PA (MyValleyTributes) – Ronald L. Davis, 74, of New Castle, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Thursday evening, April 11, 2019, following a brief illness.
Ron was born October 31, 1944, in New Castle, a son of the late Adison J. and Donna D. (Smith) Davis.
A 1962 alumnus of Shenango High School, he later graduated from Youngstown State University in 1972, earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration in Accounting.
Ron was a Marine. He proudly served his country as a staff sergeant in Vietnam and fought during the infamous Tet Offensive. He was a scout dog handler which was the foundation of his love of German Shepherd dogs. He espoused the values of the Marine Corps…honor, courage and commitment; which served as the basis for how he thought, acted and fought throughout his life.
After the Marine Corps, Ron worked for Kennedy Tubular while attending YSU, ultimately becoming a Certified Public Accountant. Ron dedicated himself to accounting. Prior to starting his own accounting practice, he worked for Philip Wiener Company and S.R. Snodgrass, both in New Castle. Throughout his accounting career, he made numerous friends.
He gave of himself unselfishly to many and found great joy in helping his neighbors by cutting their grass and plowing their driveways. In his younger days, he was meticulous about his lawn, often reseeding it if it didn’t meet his standards.
A talented slalom skier, Ron loved boating and teaching others how to ski. He was at home on the water… except when he’d lose his glasses. Ron also enjoyed playing pool and fooling others into believing that he wasn’t good.
He served on the Board of Directors for the Lawrence County Association for Responsible Care, was a member of the American Legion, Post 34 and supported many Veterans organizations.
Although Ron’s biological family isn’t large, his “family of choice” is quite extensive…many considering him like a father; calling him Big Ron, Uncle Boom-Boom or Pappy Ron. At one point in time or another, he probably helped you out…..told you what you needed to hear…or tormented you out of love. On the outside, he was rough but on the inside he was a softy (seriously, his favorite movie was Ghost).
Ron leaves behind his faithful wife of 47 years, the former, Barb Gaydos, whom he married July 29, 1972 and a daughter, Susan Davis, both of Neshannock Township; a brother, Bob (Pat) Davis of New Castle and a sister, Marna Boyd of Volant; a brother-in-law, Ted Samaras of Monaca, Pennsylvania and a special confidant, Al “Buddy” Gaydos of St. Louis, Missouri.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Pam Samaras.
Calling hours will be 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 14 in J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 111 West Falls Street, New Castle.
Funeral service will be at 12:00 Noon on Monday, April 15 in the funeral home, with Rev. John Coomber, pastor of Grace Bible Church, officiating.
Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Neshannock Township, with full military honors being rendered by the New Castle Area Honor Guard.