Ron passed away Friday, September 4, 2020 at his home in Kalamazoo.
He was born November 17, 1934 in Plainwell, the son of Calvin and Bessie (Turner) Newman. Ron was a graduate of Otsego High School. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army in Germany. For 44 years Ron worked at Plainwell Paper until his retirement in 1997.
In his free time Ron enjoyed trips to the casino and going out for coffee with his friends. He liked watching MSU basketball and the Detroit Tigers and Lions. Most of all he loved watching his grandsons play sports.
Ron was a member of the First Congregational Church of Otsego. On February 13, 1960 he married Mary Patricia Newman who passed away in April.
Surviving are his children, David (Rhonda) Newman and Paula (Joe) Dingman; grandchildren, Andrew and Jacob Newman; brother-in-law, Jim (Debbie) Nimmer; sister-in-law, Kay Duggan along with many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and brother, John Newman.
According to his wishes cremation has taken place.
Burial of ashes will take place at Prairieville Cemetery at a later time.
Contributions in memory of Ron may be made to
Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes
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Jackie Ransbottom Stack
September 8, 2020 at 3:05 pm
Dave, Rhonda, Paula, Joe, Andrew & Jacob,
I am so very saddened to hear of Ron’s passing. He was a class act with the biggest heart. I enjoyed our phone conversations, and there wasn’t one where he didn’t talk about Andrew and Jake. He loved his family, and I know he missed Pat dearly. I am happy to know they are now reunited. I will always be grateful for the wonderful care he took of my dad whether it be taking him to coffee with Bob or reaching out to me to check on him. There isn’t a kinder, caring, or more gentler man than Ron. The world has lost one of the finest. Rest in peace, my friend. You will be missed!
September 8, 2020 at 3:24 pm
So sorry to see this obituary. Ron was a great person who I got to know thru our membership at the Otsego Moose Lodge. Prayers to the family.
September 8, 2020 at 3:59 pm
Such fond memories growing up across the street from the Newman’s. Ron will be missed – the Austin’s send our condolences.
September 8, 2020 at 8:47 pm
I met Ron in 1956. We scouted football games for Otsego varsity football team. We were both drafted into the Army and served our time in Germany. Upon our discharge we remained friends. He introduced me to my wife and as couples shared much time together. Ron and Pat were great friends and will be missed greatly.
Edward W. Volker II
September 9, 2020 at 8:34 am
David & Paula, I’m so sorry for your loss. Our condolences to you and your families.
Ed & Wendy Volker
Richard and Dorisann Thomas
September 13, 2020 at 9:59 am
David and Paula,
Sending our condolences and so sorry for your loss . Your Dad and Mom were our best friends and we miss them so very much. Such a beautiful couple, we had some very good times and memories with them.
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