After over a twelve year struggle with multiple myeloma cancer, Ron Main, 66, "shed his earthly bonds" on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, at U of M Hospital in Ann Arbor. He was born on Aug. 31, 1945, in Berrien Springs, to Norman and Lillian (Houseworth) Main. His parents, Norman and Lillian Main, a brother James, and sisters Linda Shelton and Sally Gideon preceded Ron in death.
On Aug. 14, 1970, Ron married his college sweetheart, Judy H. Kowalec, in Warren. Ron graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 1964. He then attended Central Michigan University where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees. Ron worked in the Shepherd, Hemlock, Merrill, Clare and the last 19 years of his career in the Bullock Creek Public School District. He was a member of the Michigan Army National Guard and many professional and community organizations. He was a published writer and avid golfer for most of his life.
Survivors include wife, Judy of Midland; son, Jason and Jenifer of Sewickley Hills, Pa., son Jordan and Emily of Northville, daughter, Allison and fiance' Ron Rex of Bay City; grandchildren, Jonathan, Jacob, Kathryn, Madelyn, and soon to be born baby girl. His surviving sisters include Joanne Main and Betty Hosbein of southwestern Michigan; as well as several nieces, nephews, and in-laws. He was truly blessed by lifelong friends across the country.
Our family would like to thank the many doctors and nurses who assisted Ron with his bone marrow transplant in 2001 at the U of M Hospital Center and with his recent hospitalization, as well as the many other dedicated health professionals from the MidMichigan Medical Center for assisting in the quality of Ron's life for the last decade.
Per Ron's wishes, cremation has already taken place.
A memorial service will be held at Smith-Miner Funeral Home, 2700 W. Wackerly, on Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Kirk Havel officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, from 4-7 p.m., and on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, Mr. Main has requested that anyone wishing to make donations in his memory consider the Bullock Creek Athletic Department or their favorite charity.
Online condolences can be left at www.smithminer.com