Ronald Alan Hobbs Sr.
Ronald Alan Hobbs Sr., 68, of Elkton, MD, departed unexpectedly on Sunday, October 28, 2012. Extraordinarily advanced medical intervention was no match for the will of God, in whose hands Ronnie now safely rests.
Son of the late Mr. & Mrs. Richard and Dorothy Hobbs of Woodstown, NJ, Ronnie was born in 1944. His older siblings include Dorothy Haars of Florida, the late Richard Hobbs of Mississippi, David Hobbs of Delaware, and Beverly Hatch, whose golden heart he admired, of Virginia and Florida.
He was preceded in death by his two brothers in bond, Lawrence and Carl Kirby, with whom he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping. He is survived by his brother-in-law Bill Pierson, in whom he holds the highest regard.
Ronnie often expressed appreciation for a happy childhood with his parents, loving family and friends, and was especially fond of his grandfather, Thomas "Pop" Jones, whose musical talents have seminated through the generations; most prominently in Ronnie's own grandchildren, to whom Ronnie had become their "Pop".
At age 17, Ronnie joined the United States Navy
. His first duty station VAW-12 (originally ordered to the Constellation) was in Norfolk to serve on the Forrestal carrier, then NES Key West for service during
the Cuban Missile Crisis. He later transferred to Jacksonville to VA-45 attack squadron. He completed his service as a petty officer.
Ronnie's career with General Motors
spanned 30 years; he retired as a manager in 1997 to pursue his most rewarding career as "Mr. Mom". His passions were poetry, music, cooking, and history.
Ronnie was blessed with loving children: His son, Ronald Alan Hobbs, Jr. of Colorado, whose service in the United States Navy was a source of his father's pride and admiration. His two daughters, Brenda Carol Hobbs of Tennessee and Deeanna Jennifer Drain at home; each a very unique individual in her own right, he connected emotionally an d intellectually with both his daughters, sharing their inherent love of music, experiencing their joys and their fears as parents, and depending on their vast medical backgrounds. The truest reflection of their closeness was in the sincerity of their mutual respect, tolerance, and support of each others' choices. His son in bond, Timothy James Drain of Maryland, father to his grandsons, friend to his daughter, fellow veteran, remained forever his son.
Ronnie's best blessings were his 9 grandchildren, gifts. from his children. He was grateful to witness the rise to manhood of Robert James Drain, serving our country in the United States Army
, and his fiancée Juliet; Stephen Alexander Walker Jr, his most dependable home projects assistant and sure to find drawing; James Alan Walker, whose success is unavoidable, and his fiancé Samantha McCarthy; and Cody Daniel Walker, his only ever mirror image in body and soul. He was grateful to enjoy the recent visit of two distant grandchildren, Amanda Kay Hobbs and Brendan Christopher Hobbs, and missed the opportunity to visit his two grandsons in Colorado, Lucas Issiah Hobbs and Josiah Daniel Hobbs, both of whom he longed to better know.
His greatest complement came most recently from his eldest granddaughter, Amber Nicole Hobbs, whom he raised, along with Clarissa Marie Ulmer always among the headcount of grandchildren. Her recent engagement to Joshua Michael Creek, a blessing he welcomed, included her request that he perform the honor of giving her away at their wedding, an event he can now only attend in spirit, but considered his highest honor.
A viewing will be held Friday, November 9, at Beeson Funeral Home 2053 Pulaski Hwy, Newark, DE 19702 from 10:30-12:30 followed by a 12:30 service. Burial will be in Delaware Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in Bear, DE. Following the burial there will be a wake at Chesapeake City VFW
Post 7687, from 2-4 pm. All are Welcome.
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