Ronald S. Leaman

Birth Date: 
Thursday, January 13, 1949
Date of Passing: 
Saturday, December 30, 2017

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.

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Joanne and family would like to thank all the angels that work for LifeCare Hospice. Your help and friendship will always be treasured.

Memorial Contributions: 

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.


6:00pm to 8:00pm on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at the funeral home.


11:00am on Thursday, January 4, 2018, at the funeral home.


If ever there was a person who embodied a true and faithful servant, it was Ron. Anyone who knew him benefited greatly from being around a great, humble and dedicated guy. Thank you Ron for blessing so many people with your friendship, love, compassion and service. With each memory, you will be remembered with a smile and full heart. Much love and hugs to Joanne.

Every once in a while you meet someone that you realize is going to be fun to be around. Someone with a unique sense of humor that shines through regardless of the situation. You may be hanging drywall in Joplin Missouri,installing a kitchen sink in South Carolina, or taking a wrong turn and ending up riding a ferry boat in North Carolina, if Ron Leaman is around it will be a good time.

Future mission trips will not be the same. You will be missed buddy. RIP

Ron was an awesome person! !!!!! may he rest in peace! !!!!

We have and will miss Ron here in Kentucky where we always enjoyed his company in the Friend Helping Friends group. What a gentle, kind, and helpful soul. Our hearts go out to you.

Nothing comes to mind to say but so many memories come rushing to my heart! Thank you, thank you for all of us at Habitat that you've built for and touched far beyond what your hammer could reach!! Love you Ron. See you when I arrive to meet the Master Carpenter or which you were a great reflection of.

We are very sorry to hear the loss of a man who felt like a brother to me. Joanne you are in my thoughts and prayers you are like a sister to me love Dolores & amber.

Death is the Bridge that takes us towards eternal life of happiness and peace. The heavens are rejoicing that an angel has entered its land. May your Husband's Soul rest in peace and may you be granted with the strength to overcome his loss.
Joanne you are in my Thoughts and prayers!

Joanne - May God's hands embrace you till the storm passes by.

We are so sorry to hear about Ron. He was such a wonderful man. He will be missed by many. Joanne you are in our thoughts and prayers!

Joanne, Although I didn't know Ron personally; when listening to those who did, it is clear he was a kind & caring person, who was loved by all! You were obviously a well-matched you returned kindness & gave loving care to Ron throughout these past difficult months. I extend my sympathies & pray for God's strength to carry you in your loss.

Ron you are awesome. You will be missed and remembered by so many of the people who's lives you touched. Joanne and all of the family are truly blessed to have spent their lives with Ron in it. We've met very few men and women in our life who dedicated so much of their lives helping others as Ron and Joanne have. You both have made the world a better place

Dear Joanne:
Our deepest sympathy to you in you loss of a GREAT guy! Ron was always fun to be around on the mission trips, and always had a smile to share. I only saw him rattled a couple of was when he thought he was going to have to cook on his own when you could not be on that trip...but I offered to help and he was visibly relieved! I just had to chuckle! Even when he worked at Timken, he always had a good outlook and I enjoyed many years of working with him. Our thoughts and prayers continue as you go through this difficult time.

I used to work with Ron at Timken,he was such a giving person with all the volunteer work he did,he will truly be missed by all the people he touched,there a special place in heaven for him.

So sorry to hear about Ron

I am so sorry for the loss of Ronald. He was a great guy. My condolences. May God wrap his loving arms around you all during this time of healing.

I knew Ron thru Habitat, my condolences goes out to Joann & his family. He was an awesome man who touched many lives. I'll always remember his teasing friendly ways with my children as we worked our way thru habitat. The community lost a wonderful person, as God gained one.

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