January 10, 1942 - September 02, 2021
Ronald Edwin Hamilton of Cadillac passed away Thursday, September 2, 2021 at home. He was 79.
Ron was born January 10, 1942 in Mount Pleasant, Michigan to Truman Lee and Opal Beth (Graham) Hamilton.
Ron graduated from Mount Pleasant High School in 1960 and later worked for AAA Insurance for ten years. That career was what brought the family North to Cadillac. Ron later began a 25 year career with Western Concrete, retiring as Vice President of Materials Management.
Ron was a Master Mason for 55 years and a member of the Cadillac Masonic Center #331 for over 51 years. He served in several capacities such as: secretary of the Lodge, three time past master of the Lodge, Mason of the year four times. Ron was a devoted Mason, he truly believed in the values and it led them to have a strong marriage for almost 60 years. He was a former member of Paul Bunyan Shriners; involved with the chicken dinners and various fund raisers. Ron was a past patron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Sherman Chapter # 197 of Mesick. He was an active, lifelong member of United Methodist Church and on the building committee of the current UMC in Cadillac and participated on several committees there.
He was devoted to his family. He volunteered with CASA, coaching the teams of both his children. His love for his grandchildren was immense. Ron loved fly tying and fly fishing and passed that love on to his grandchildren. He was a board member of Michigan Trout Unlimited.
On December 29, 1961 he married his high school sweetheart, Linda Anne Swain and she survives him along with their children: Melinda “Mindi” (Gerry) Schwandt of Bellaire and Stephen “Steve” (Jeannie Narducci) Hamilton of Boyne City; 6 granddaughters; 13 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers: Raymond and Graham Hamilton.
Memorial services will be held 1:00 PM, Thursday, September 16, 2021 at Peterson Funeral and Cremation Services in Cadillac with Pastor Judy Coffey officiating. Friends may meet the family from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. The family would appreciate masks being worn.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation or Hospice of Michigan Cadillac Chapter. An online guestbook is available at www.petersonfh.com.
Gary Schnell - Sep 4th, 2021 1:04 pm
"Linda, I am so sorry for your loss--and our loss. Ron and I were in a group, along with Dennis Barnes, who hung around a lot. I have many fond memories, as I do with you and the band. Will be thinking of you. My very best, Gary"
Daniel & Rosemary Hole - Sep 4th, 2021 1:15 pm
"Ron and Linda have been lifelong friends of ours. We always looked forward to catching up on their news when we'd come together at our class reunions. They always arrived in their beautiful '57 Chevrolet! Ron was a lovely man and our hearts to out to Linda and their family. "
SUZANNE Burch MOEGGENBERG - Sep 4th, 2021 2:19 pm
"Linda and family, So sorry to hear about Ron. I remember Ron being a great guy in high school. May he rest in peace. Suzanne Burch Moeggenberg, class of 1960"
Richelle and Fred Carroll - Sep 4th, 2021 5:04 pm
"So sorry for your loss. You and Ron always made us feel welcome when we arrived in Cadillac. We so appreciated you both. Rochelle and Fred"
Tom Hunt - Sep 6th, 2021 6:10 am
"Linda, It was a wonderful memory with Ron & you on a trip to Toronto and see Phantom of the Opera. Condolences to you and your family Sincerely, Tom Hunt "
Jean Kirkey Jones - Sep 7th, 2021 8:47 pm
"Linda, I’m so sorry for your loss, you and Ron had a life long friendship and marriage. "
Guy Hissong - Sep 8th, 2021 8:00 am
"A Great friend and great Brother. He was also a huge Mentor of mine. Our 2 and 3 long communications will truly leave a void in my life. Now he will be talking with me from his well deserved Heavenly Home."
Larry and Bonnie Schwartzkopf - Sep 8th, 2021 8:34 am
"Ron was such a specisl guy and having graduated in the same class of 60, we have known him since he was dating Linda. However, as the years went by, we became close friends, taking trips together on a Detroit foodie tour, Williamsburg, and spending a winter at Hilton Head with them. So many memories of bike riding and going for coffee with Larry and enjoyng the foreign food week and doing puzzles together and so much more. We will always love Ron and Linda and hold dear our memories. Our prayers are with Linda and the family. Our hearts ache. "
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