- 71 years old
- Date of birth: Oct 16, 1944
- Place of birth:
Barberton, Ohio, United States
- Date of passing: Mar 3, 2016
- Place of passing:
Anderson, South Carolina, United States
|Remember, love your family. They may be your only true friends! ~ Ron's Last Instructions|
This memorial website was created in memory of our dad, Ronald Lawson, 71, born on October 16, 1944 and passed away on March 3, 2016. We will carry his memory in our hearts always.
Ron was the only son of Royce and Mary Lawson, and the only sibling of his dear sister Betty Jo (Lawson) Collmar.
A graduate of Coventry High School in Barberton, Ohio (where he met and fell in love with his wife of nearly 49 years, Janice), Ron continued his higher education at Akron University, receiving a Batchelor's Degree in Civil Engineering. He spent the rest of his professional career working in that capacity in many areas, including Remediation and Hazardous Waste Removal. He retired from Civil Engineering in 2000, and then enjoyed his later years getting his CDL Driver's License and driving an elementary school bus. Anyone who knows Ron will not be surprised to learn that he became a "Papa Figure" for all those young people he drove for each day.
Throughout their lives together, Ron and Jan lived in several states as Ron changed jobs, and found themselves from Ohio, to Michigan, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Indiana and the last 20 years outside of Atlanta, Georgia. They most recently relocated in the last year to Belton, South Carolina so they could be closer to family as Ron's health deteriorated.
Ron was an avid golfer who gave his son and two sons-in-law a run for their money always on the course, and many friends have memories of laughs shared "on the Green". He loved working out in his yard with his hands in the soil of his gardens and his flowers.
He and Jan were very fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel before he retired and their photo albums are now filled with exceptional photographs of the mountains and valleys as Ron had quite a good eye when it came to photography.
Ron was most fulfilled spending time with his family:
~ Jan, his wife
~ Dawn (Joe) Weber, daughter and their children: Josef (26), Elissa (24 and Ronnie (17)
~ Ron (Kelly) Lawson, son and their children: Nicole (15) and Delaney (8)
~ Jancie (Richard) Berube, daughter and their children: Devin (20) and Gabi (15)
Ron spent countless hours feeling the Proud Grandpa as he watched his growing grandchildren in marching band, t-ball, cheerleading, in chorus and home performances of vocal performing and school and community plays, pagents, college, ROTC and in the Air Force...he was always their biggest cheer-leader.
His family remembers him most for his loving, always-supportive, quiet strength. Fair, humble, honest, trusted and trusting, hard-working, fun-loving, huge-hearted...these are all words that describe this husband, father, Papa and friend.
We already miss you so much, Daddy.
We will continue your legacy of goodness and continue to strive each day to keep you proud of us...
"I will always remember how kind Mr. Lawson was to me. Dawn and I were friends in H.S. and for spring break the year they moved to PA, I went to visit them. I remember all the laughter and fun we had so well! The tour of the town, the meals, Mrs. Lawson almost getting in trouble picking me up at the airport because she had a knife in her purse (she forgot she had it in there from opening a box for Ronnie's birthday) but mostly the friendship and laughter. I know you will all miss him so much. I pray that the happy memories can help you through this sorrowful time."
"A week ago today, I held you in my arms and begged you to stay. The selfish parts of me wanted you, needed you to stay here with me and be my daddy.. When the machines were turned off, I kept assuming you start breathing on your own....that you'd choose to stay....I held out hope for what seemed eternity. ....but I know you were already surrounded by the love and light from above and I understand your choice. Please help me fill this broken hole in my soul....please fill me with peace and love and acceptance. I miss you every minute....I love you forever."
"I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Lawson, but know his daughter, Jancie through my niece, Myrna Lambert. Jancie would not be the loving, kind and caring person she is today without role models like her dad and mom. Mr. Lawson was truly loved by his family. Through Facebook I have witnessed it through the pictures all of you have posted of your family times together. My sincere condolences to Mrs. Jan Lawson, Ron, Dawn and Jancie and their families. May God bless all of you."
"How fortunate I was to have this man as my uncle. Through ones life you should consider yourself blessed if you meet people who inspire you, teach you and love you.... unconditionally, humbly and with gentle wisdom and Uncle Ron you were so lovingly successful at doing just that. I will miss hearing your jokes and your laugh. You certainly have left a mark on my heart. Thanks for the many memories."
"I feel so blessed to have been able to have the 43 years with my daddy that I did. He was an amazing man, an amazing role model and the best father a girl could ask for. He was unconditionally loving caring and supportive. He was silly and always have the ability to make me smile and make me laugh. I will miss him every day with every breath that I take and I look forward to seeing him someday when I walk through those Pearly Gates. I love you Daddy I love you I love you I love you."
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