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: galioncommunityfoundation.org