Ronald “Ron” LeRoy McFarland of Grove City passed away on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in Visiting Nurses Association Inpatient Hospice in Butler, after a short illness. He was 85.
Mr. McFarland was born Dec. 18, 1930, in Springfield Township to Floyd Cooper McFarland Sr. and Gertrude Marie Stone McFarland.
He married Mary Catherine Dunmire on Feb. 1, 1950.
Ron enjoyed his work, loved his family and friends and was passionate about serving his community. His career included work as insurance agent for both Colonial Life Insurance and The Harshaw Agency in Grove City until he began his own agency, The McFarland Insurance Agency, in 1966. His expertise centered around property, casualty and life insurance as well as employee benefits.
He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Grove City, where he taught Sunday school for junior high and served on numerous boards of the church.
He was a member of Grove City Lions Club, a member and past president of Friends of Grove City Library, a former member and past chairman of the Grove City Area School Board, and a past member of the Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV board.
Ron was recipient of the Grove City Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award in 1990 and served most recently as a volunteer at Grove City Medical Center.
Ron enjoyed gardening, golf and travel, visiting many places nationally and internationally, including Cyprus, Scotland, Wales, Greece and England.
He is survived by his wife, Mary, at home; two daughters, Sherrie A. Gould and her husband Steve, Grove City; and Debora M. Rudolph and her husband Robert, Erie; a son, Ronald A. McFarland, Grove City; a sister, Faith Shaw, also Grove City; and two brothers, Richard McFarland, Houston; and David McFarland, San Antonio.
He also leaves nine grandchildren, Emilie and Adam, Lindsay, Steve, Cate, Julie, Alex, Katerina and Nicholas; and 11 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Katherine S. McFarland Pitzer.
Memorial contributions may be given to eduKenya, 7090 Nolen Park Circle, Nolensville, TN 37135; or VNA Hospice, 154 Hindman Road, Butler, PA 16001.
Ronald “Ron” LeRoy, 85, Grove City.
Calling hours: Family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday (1-25-16) in SMITH FUNERAL HOME, Village of Leesburg, 1778 Perry Highway, Volant; and 10 a.m. to time of service Tuesday (1-26-16) in Harrisville United Methodist Church, Route 8.
Service: Funeral service at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the church with Pastors Jeff Canter and Willard Morse presiding.
Interment: Crestview Memorial Park, Pine Township.