Ron E. Ginter, 83, formerly of 813 Lake Ave., and a resident of Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community, died on Monday, July 7, 2014, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital.
He was born on Sept. 18, 1930, in Hoytville, the son of Harley and Ruth (Moe) Ginter.
He married Joanne Davis on Oct. 17, 1952, in Winchester, Ind., and she survives at Otterbein—St. Marys.
He is also survived by his four children, Ronald J. (Nadine) Ginter of Celebration, Fla.; Jeffrey (Geri) Ginter of Brookville; Joe (Kelly) Ginter of St. Marys; and Jane Stewart of Elkhart, Ind.
He is survived by five grandchildren, Scott Ginter, Megan Ginter, Candace Ginter, Kylie Stewart and Quinn Ginter.
He is survived by one great-grandchild, Olivia Long, and by one sister, Carolyn Winkle of Findlay.
He was preceded in death by his parents and by three brothers, George, Jim and Don Ginter.
Ron graduated from Jackson Township High School in 1948, where he had a very successful sports career. He was renowned for his “brilliant floor play” in basketball and later tried out for the Cleveland Indians baseball team. He was drafted into the U.S. Army, and served in Japan and Korea during the Korean War.
Ron was a community leader who always believed in service to others, and he served on the city of St. Marys City Council for 20 years, first as 4th Ward Councilman, and later as Councilman at large. He was proud of his independent political status and worked to the betterment of all. Over the years, he coached Little League baseball, ACME baseball and high school baseball. He was a very active member of Wayne Street United Methodist Church in St. Marys, where he sang in the choir for many years and served as head usher.
He was the first manager of the St. Marys Youth Center. He retired from Reynolds and Reynolds Corporation after 36 years of service and then worked as a funeral staff member at Miller Funeral Homes for the next 17 years. He will be remembered for his kindness and sense of humor.
Funeral rites will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Wayne Street United Methodist Church in St. Marys, the Rev. Jon Kraner, officiant.
Burial, with full military honors, will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery in St. Marys.
Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home, where memorial gifts may be given to the Wayne Street United Methodist Church Building Fund.
Condolences may be sent to Ron’s family via MillerFuneralHomes.net.
Friends may also call one hour prior to the funeral rites at church on Sunday.