Ronald Dean McPeek, Sr.
87, of New Philadelphia, was called from his earthly home to the more immediate presence of his Heavenly Father on Sunday, February 21, 2021, following a lengthy illness. Born April 25, 1933 in Uhrichsville, Ohio, he was the last surviving child of the late Charles Francis and Grace Louise (Staley) McPeek, having been preceded in death by his siblings, Ruth Junkins, Mary Lou Lehigh, and Betty, Herb, Eugene, Paul, and Dickie McPeek.
A 1952 graduate of Uhrichsville High School, Ron proudly served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He was a member of Tuscarawas V.F.W. Post #7943 and a Life Member of Uhrichsville American Legion Post #230 who had served on the American Legion's 10th District Color Guard. He retired from Superior Clay in Uhrichsville after a 49 year career as an electrician. Ron was a committed advocate for his community, having spent 23 years on the Indian Valley Board of Education, 12 years on the Buckeye Career Center Board of Education, and 4 years on the Northeast Executive Board of Education. He was a longtime member of Sharon Moravian Church where he was a member of the choir for many years. On August 19, 1956, Ron married the former Ruth Jayne Wright with whom he celebrated 56 years of marriage before her passing on January 15, 2012. They are survived by two daughters, Kim (Albert) Butcher and Mary Ann Milligan; two sons, Ronnie McPeek and Pat McPeek; grandchildren, Bethanny (Jason) Malterer, Lindsay (T.J.) LeMonte, Rachelle (Cody) Braun, Andy McPeek, Elizabeth McPeek, Seth (McKenzie) McPeek, Jordan (Simon) Hartford, Caitlin McPeek, and Kylie McPeek; great-grandchildren, Hailey, Cain, Camryn, Mason, Kaden, Elliett, and Preslie; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, wife, and siblings, he was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Donna McPeek.
A private, family graveside service, officiated by Rev. Lloyd Gooden, will be held, along with a military committal service, in Sharon Moravian Church Cemetery where Ron will be interred beside his beloved wife. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sharon Moravian Church, 4776 Moravian Church Rd. S.E., New Philadelphia, OH 44663 and Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Ave. S.W., New Philadelphia, OH 44663.