, COL, US Army, Reti Ronald R. Myers
1931 - 2021
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RONALD R. MYERS,
COL, US ARMY, RETIRED
May 23, 1931
January 1, 2021
Ron Myers, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather was born to Clarence and Valeska Myers in Galion, Ohio, on May 23,1931. He grew up to be an outstanding athlete, setting school records in track and field that still stand to this day. He attended Ohio State University, majoring in Business, while proudly participating on the track team and as a member of Sigma Nu fraternity.
Upon graduating, he married his high school sweetheart LaDonna Yeitter, and enlisted in the US Army to attend the Officers Candidate School at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. After tours in Japan and Korea, he returned to enter the Army Active Reserve program, from which he retired as a Colonel after 32 years.
As a civilian, he owned and managed Schaffner-Myers, as did his father before him. He was an active community organizer, establishing the Galion Community Development office which won state grants for elder home rehabilitation and downtown restoration. He was very civic-minded and his local service included a term on the board of Galion Hospital. Many hours were spent in following his children's sports, coaching his son's ski races or timing his daughter's swim meets.
In 1992, he and LaDonna moved to Breckenridge, Colorado, where they pursued their love of skiing and civic engagement. His community service included volunteering with the National Repertory summer series in Breckenridge and tutoring chess in the middle school. The entire family would gather in his mountain home where he would delight his grandchildren with his lifelong love of magic tricks (he was an honored 50 year member of The International Brotherhood of Magicians). However, his greatest joy was beating them all down the ski hill. In retirement Ron and LaDonna were fortunate to be able to travel and explore 37 countries, often where Ron could pursue his love of scuba diving.
In 2008 they moved to the Palisades at Broadmoor Park in Colorado Springs..
Ron is survived by his wife of 69 years, LaDonna, 3 children: Karen (Mark) Upham of Ossineke, Michigan; Steve (Carol) Myers of Colorado Springs; and Nancy (John) Applegarth of Conifer, Colorado; 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
Internment will be at a later date in Galion, Ohio.
Memorial donations can be sent to the Galion Community Foundation, PO Box 634, Galion Ohio 44833 link: galioncommunity
foundation.org



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Published in The Gazette on Jan. 9, 2021.
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January 11, 2021
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January 11, 2021
Steve and family. I’m sorry to read about Ron’s passing. You knew me from Mike’s Pizza, but I knew your dad from the time I was a little boy. Even though I grew up in Crestline, my mom almost always took my two older brothers and me over to Schaffner Myers to buy our clothes. He (and Jim) were always kind, smiling, and nice to me even as a kid. I know he will be missed by all who knew him.
Jan H. O’Heron
Acquaintance
January 10, 2021
The Buckley AFB military Retiree Activities Office (RAO) would like to offer our sincere condolences and our gratitude for Col Myers' 32 years of distinguished service to our country in the Army. If you would like help with any matters related to casualty assistance, Defense Finance & Accounting Service, Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), Veterans Affairs (VA), etc. you can contact our office on Buckley AFB at 720-847-6693. The RAO is staffed by volunteers, all military retirees themselves, and our sole purpose is to provide assistance to any military retirees and surviving spouses/family members with anything related to their military service and/or benefits, in particular during difficult times such as this. We are deeply sorry for your loss.

Steve Young
Lt Col, USAF, Ret
Director, Buckley AFB RAO
Steve Young
January 10, 2021
Wonderful memories of all the family, my father worked at the store for his father. His civic duty for our country and our town is heartwarming, enjoyed his mentorship to me and all the time spent with family on Shady Lane, condolences to the family.
Matthew Smith
Friend
January 10, 2021
To the Myers Family,

Sorry for your loss! Ron was a great man and soldier!

I especially appreciate the mentoring he gave me as a new, green 2LT serving as an Army Reserve platoon leader. He kept me out of trouble! He also encouraged me to volunteer for the tough jobs that greatly improved my abilities. Every now and then he would call me and check to make sure I was doing OK. He always had time for me. Sometimes I would call and get his advice. Thank you Colonel Myers!

Years later in Breckenridge, after unexpectedly seeing Mrs. Myers at the Breckenridge City Museum, I was honored to have COL Myers check on me. He appeared during inclement weather, at my loaded ski club bus, soon to depart for Kansas City. He came on the bus and found me. He took me outside where we could talk. Of note, his conversation was primarily only about me. He wanted to know how my journey was going after years of active duty. He was genuinely interested, concerned and, again, gave me some mentorship to help me progress through the ranks. Thank you Colonel Myers! I would serve with you anywhere, anytime! Your officership and mentorship was greatly appreciated! I salute you. RIP!
J. Hall Place
Served In Military Together
January 9, 2021
The the Myers family,
Thoughts and prayers to you all during this stressful time. I really got to know Ron through many mornings at Mo’s over coffee and I was always impressed with his integrity, honesty, intelligence and as a man that I could look up to. I am sure he will be looking down on all of you With that great smile of his! Prayers,
Mike Kleinknecht
Friend
January 9, 2021
I’m so very sorry for your loss. Always liked sharing an office with Ron and LaDonna. Prayers to the family.
Judy Dyer
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January 9, 2021
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Robert Agee
January 9, 2021
Ron was a terrific mentor to several people and friends. We enjoyed many snow skiing trips with his family and other sports activities. la Donna and his family is in our prayers

Love,
Jim and Monica Price
Jim and Monica Price
Friend
January 9, 2021
Ron was my first boss - hiring me as a young teenager at Schaffner-Myers and encouraging me to actively participate in the business gave me a boost in self confidence that I still feel today, over 50 years later. He was generous and kind to me and all his employees, very engaged in the community, and ultimately a cherished friend. I mourn his loss and share my condolences with his family and the community he loved and served. Rest in peace, Ron, and thanks for showing me how honorable, engaged, and enthusiastic people behave.
Stuart Auld
Friend
January 8, 2021
To The Myers Family,
So sorry to hear the passing of your Father. What a great person he was. I still can remember my mom taking me shopping at Schaffner-Myers to buy my Levi jeans.
My prayers and thoughts are with you all.

Duke Newell
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