04-12-1927 - 02-05-2019
Stuart G. Ronald age 91 of Portland passed away Tuesday morning February 5, 2019 in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare. He was born April 12, 1927 in Portland the youngest of eight children born to Rev. Hugh N. and Kate (Bair) Ronald. At age 12 he moved to North Manchester, graduated high school in 1944, Valedictorian of his class. He served in the US Navy from April 1944 to fall of 1945. He attended Wooster College for one year and graduated in 1949 from Earlham College in Richmond. He spent three years in Iran teaching english to high school students. He took odd jobs in Fort Wayne until moving to Portland in May 1954 to be editor of Graphic weekly newspaper. He was married September 14, 1955 to Martha Sue Whiteman who survives. He was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church, Portland where his father was minister from 1921 to 1939. He sang in choir, served as deacon, trustee, elder and taught Sunday School class. He started working for Lyons Construction Company in March 1958 and became manager of C&C Lumber Company until he retired and sold the land to Jay County Library on the corner of Ship and Arch streets. He was past president of Portland Lions Club 1968-69. First recipient of Jack Cole Volunteer of Year award, treasurer of JRDS, Portland, sang with quartet – The Tranquilizers (Glen Priest, John Young and Jim Whittington) that later became The Married Folks (Priests, Youngs, Whittingtons, Runkles, Eggerts and Ronalds.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years Martha Sue, Children Evelyn Mong (husband Joe), Elizabeth “Buffy” Inman, Carl Ronald (Julie Swoveland) all of Portland and Dale Ronald (wifeDeb) of Waynesville, OH., Sister Mary Ellen of Fan Mountain, VA., Several nieces and nephews including Susan Johnsonbaugh of Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, Eight grandchildren, Seventeen Great Grandchildren and Two Great Great Grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday February 23, 2019 at 11:00 AM in the First Presbyterian Church in Portland. Memorials can be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Portland. Baird-Freeman Funeral Home are in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences at www.bairdfreeman.com