Ronald S. Leaman, 68, of Wooster passed away on Saturday, December 30, 2017, at his home with his family by his side after a courageous battle with Cholangio Carcinoma Liver Bile Duct Cancer.
He was born January 13, 1949 in Lodi, Ohio, the son of Ira J. and Mabel Marcella Woodward Leaman. On October 5, 1969, he married his wife of 48 wonderful years Joanne Vizzo Leaman, who survives.
Ron had worked as a machinist for the Timken Company from 1976 until 2006, retiring after 30 years. He had served his country with the United States Army from 1967 until 1970, serving during the Vietnam War.
He was a long-time member of Trinity United Church of Christ having served on the Consistory and serving as a youth leader for 4 years, and helped with the breakfast program on Thursdays. Ron enjoyed going on mission trips with his church, travelling to Tijuana, Mexico, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, New Orleans, Louisiana, Biloxi, Mississippi, and Pineville, West Virginia. He also travelled with a special group called; Friends Helping Friends , where he and his wife made many mission trips helping families get back into their homes.
He had been a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, in Wayne County, since 1999 working with the Tuesday and Wednesday crew helping build 60 homes, and getting families into safe, affordable housing. His last project was renovating the old Nickles Bakery building for the Wooster Hope Center.
Ron enjoyed reading, walking, music, working in the garden, travelling to many different places with his wife including three special cruises, two of them to Alaska and one to Nova Scotia. And, Ron especially enjoyed his retirement!
Ron had no children, but loved his 13 nieces and nephews, and his 15 great-nieces and nephews.
When Ron married Joanne he became a brother to her siblings Jon (Peggy), Fred (Susan), Chuck, Jeff (Julie), Dan (Sherry) Vizzo, who all survive, and Tom Vizzo who preceded him in death. Also surviving are special brothers John Muskopf, Steve Schroer, and Larry Hughes. Also preceding him in death were his parents, his brother Lonny Leaman, and a great-niece, Emerson.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, January 4, 2018, at the McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home 216 E. Larwill Street, Wooster, Ohio 44691, with Rev. Kevan Franklin officiating. Burial will follow in Wooster Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to; Habitat for Humanity in Wayne County, Ohio, 6096 Lincoln Way East, Wooster, Ohio 44691, LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, Ohio 44691, or to Trinity United Church of Christ Breakfast Program, 150 East North Street, Wooster, Ohio 44691.
Online condolences may be posted at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com
Joanne and family would like to thank all the angels that work for LifeCare Hospice. Your help and friendship will always be treasured.
Habitat for Humanity in Wayne County, Ohio, 6096 Lincoln Way East, Wooster, Ohio 44691, LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, Ohio 44691, or to Trinity United Church of Christ Breakfast Program, 150 East North Street, Wooster, Ohio 44691.
11:00am on Thursday, January 4, 2018, at the funeral home.
6:00pm to 8:00pm on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at the funeral home.