TROY - Ronald E. Spring, 77, of Troy, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at Clare Bridge at the Sterling House of Troy.
He was born on April 29, 1935, in Coshocton, to the late Robert E. Spring and Opal (Chandler) Spring Sterling. His wife of 53 ½ years, Judee (Diekman) Spring, survives.
He is also survived by his daughter, Kandace Wilson of Troy; son, Ronald Erik Spring (Susan Ruddie) of Brooklyn, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Chris Wilson of Athens, Katie (Nathan) Bolin of Troy and Carrie Wilson of Troy; and one great-grandson, Braxton Bolin.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Spring was preceded in death by his stepfather, Allen Sterling.
He was a graduate of the University of Louisville, Southern Police Academy and Sinclair Community College. He was a Korean War
Veteran, a member of the American Legion and a member of First Baptist Church, Troy where he served as a deacon, chairman of the trustees, former Sunday school superintendent, and assisted his wife in teaching children at the church. He was also active in various civic clubs and appointed to numerous boards and commissions during his career.
As announced in "Who's Who," Mr. Spring worked in law enforcement for more than 31 years, beginning as an Ohio State Highway patrol trooper. In August 1980, he became Tipp City's chief of police, where he served for many years before his retirement. His assignments have included patrol officer, identification officer and district investigator, and he was involved in such notable investigations as the student riots at The Ohio State University
, the student riots and subsequent shooting of students by the Ohio National Guard at Kent State University. He was also involved in the investigation of patient abuse at state mental institutions which resulted in several indictments by a state grand jury.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Baird Funeral Home, Troy, with Pastor Dale Christian officiating. Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Troy, with Veterans Honor Guard services at the graveside. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Mission Fund, 53 S. Norwich Road, Troy, Ohio 45373.
Friends may express condolences to the family through www.bairdfuneralhome.com