Mr. Ronald Meder, 83, of Gainesville, Florida, died Wednesday, August 8, 2012 in the North Florida Regional Medical Center.
Ron was born May 10, 1929 in Cleveland, Ohio to the late Arnold and Rose Meder. He lived in the Cleveland area for many years, attending Baldwin-Wallace University. He worked as an electrical engineer, working on testing equipment in the automotive and the healthcare industries. While in Ohio, Ron was a licensed pilot who owned his own plane. In 1989, he retired and moved to Gainesville; he was very active as a Ham Radio operator, a member of the Gainesville Amateur Radio Society, and served for 11 years as the amateur radio emergency services coordinator. He enjoyed playing bridge, playing in several local bridge clubs. Being a handy and talented man, he would never buy a part that had broken, but with his own machining, he enjoyed making a new, often better one. He attended Trinity United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Judith Adams Meder, who passed in 2010.
He is survived by two daughters, Sherrill (Robert) Derksen, of Saline, Michigan, and Melanie (Charles) Pepper, of Campbell, California; two grandsons, Alex and Spencer Derksen, both of Saline, Michigan.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 11:00 A.M., in the chapel of Williams-Thomas Funeral Home Downtown, 404 North Main Street, with Pastor Nancy Voegel, officiating. Friends are invited to stay for a reception to be held at the funeral home, following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be made to the Gainesville Amateur Radio Society, Post Office Box 140383, Gainesville, FL 32614-0383 or to the American Red Cross, North Central Florida Chapter, 1425 NW 6th Street, Gainesville, FL 32601, or to the ElderCare of Alachua County, Senior Recreation Center, 5701 NW 34th Street, Gainesville, FL 32653.
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Published in Gainesville Sun from August 11 to August 13, 2012