Ronald Michael Franchuk
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Ronald Franchuk, 80, of Highfield passed away peacefully at home Sunday surrounded by loved ones.
The son of Anna (Durnak) Franchuk, who died in 1953, of Highfield and Red-Row, born Michael Franchuk, who died in 1986, Ronnie was born in and lived his entire life in Highfield, where he was fondly referred to as the mayor.
In 1955, he married Anna Evans.
Ron served in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Korean War.
He worked most of his career at J&L Steel as a crane operator and at Pullman-Standard as a clerk, and he helped to run the family's mink farm business.
He played baseball for Highfield in the Eagle County league, ran a record hop for Highfield youth in the 1960s and founded and played in a horseshoe league and a billiards league. He was also a founder, continual member and front man for the band Bier, which played throughout the Butler area for many years in the 1980s and 1990s.
Ronnie was a sports fan, and in particular a lifelong baseball fan, avidly following the Pirates through thick and thin. He enjoyed cooking and procuring the necessary ingredients, leading to his second nickname, the Green Grocer. Ron was a member of the St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church.
He survived three different forms of cancer over 26 years, baffling his doctors and delighting his friends and family. Ronnie always will be warmly remembered for his guitar playing and singing, his ability to bring people together, his reluctance to socialize but inability to stop socializing, his devotion to family and friends, and his inexhaustible sense of humor, which he retained until his last breaths.
He is survived by his wife; four children, Kim Fleeger and her husband, Jeff, of Butler, Kevin and Jamie of Butler, Kerry and Olga Shirabon of Moscow, Russia, and Kelly and Julie of Cleveland, Ohio; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
FRANCHUK - Friends of Ronald Franchuk, who passed away Sunday, April 21, 2013, will be received at the Young Funeral Home, 127 W. Jefferson St., Butler, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday.
A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, Franklin St., Butler. Interment will be in the Butler County Memorial Park with military honors by the VFW 249 and the American Legion 778.
In lieu of flowers, please send a donation in Ron Franchuk's name to the
, 1-800-227-2345, or www.cancer.org/donate).
For more information, visit www.youngfuneralhomes.com.
Young Funeral Home
127 West Jefferson St Butler, PA 16001
Published in Butler Eagle on Apr. 24, 2013