Ronald (Ronny) Edward Bostian, 83, of Salisbury, North Carolina passed away on November 9, 2021, after four months of declining health. Ronald was born on March 17, 1938, in Salisbury, son of the late James Edward Bostian and Ann Crayton Bostian. He is survived by his wife, Betty Mason Bostian, his son, James (Jim) Michael Hess Bostian of Morrisville, North Carolina and his three grandchildren, Mason Clay Bostian, Kaitlyn Elise Bostian and Graham Michael Bostian. Ronald's family and friends were his greatest joy. He was in his 50th year of marriage to Betty, the love of his life. He most loved spending time at home with Betty and with his son Jim, daughter-in-law Kristen and his beloved grandchildren. Ronald was a 1956 graduate of Salisbury Boyden High School where he was a standout student and athlete. He was named to the 1955 high school football All-America team, and also earned All-Conference and All-State honors. Ronald led the Boyden Yellow Jackets to the 1955 state championship as co-captain of the team, and was also named co-captain of the 1955 shrine bowl team. A highly-recruited student athlete, Ronald attended Duke University, where earned the starting guard position and also played on Duke's 1958 Orange Bowl team. He graduated from Duke with a Bachelors degree in 1960. Ronald later attended Wake Forest University, where he earned a Masters degree from the Babcock Graduate School of Management in 1977. After graduating from Duke, Ronald began his business career with the American Hospital Supply company. Ronald joined Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in 1961 as business manager, and later rose to the role of Executive Vice President. In 1984, Ronald was named to the board of directors at Citizens Federal Savings and Loan. In 1990, Ronald retired from his role at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and was appointed as President and CEO of Citizens where he served until his retirement in 1999. Ronald was also a lifelong member of the First United Church of Christ in Salisbury. His family and friends will most remember him for his warm generosity, kindness and willingness to help others. The family will host visitation on Thursday evening 6:30 to 7:30 at Summersett Funeral Home. A service will be held at a later time at Rowan Memorial Park. Donations can be made to First United Church of Christ, 207 W. Horah Street, Salisbury, NC, 28144, or to the donor's choice. Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Bostian family. Online condolences may be made at www.summersettfuneralhome.com
Published by Salisbury Post on Nov. 11, 2021.