Ronald A. Solyan of Hermitage passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, July 14, 2017. He was 79.
Ron was born Sept. 16, 1937, to Andrew Solyan and Anna Solyan-Miklos.
He attended Sharon High School and joined the U.S. Navy in 1952, where he completed his education. After training, he served aboard the USS Ranger aircraft supercarrier during the Korean war.
He started as an auto mechanic for Babnis Auto Clinic, then worked for Warner & Smith Motor Freight as the maintenance supervisor.
In 1978, he and his wife, Carol, started and operated The Framing Loft Inc., where he worked until retirement in 2002. The business is still run by his son and is now in its 38th year of business.
Ron loved cars and racing. In 1969, he was the chief mechanic on a Chevy Nova, which was called "The Animal" that was a D/MP record holder. He later purchased the Nova, and over the years the race car evolved though many changes. Then along with his son Jeff, for nearly two decades, attended numerous NHRA and IHRA events across the eastern U.S. earning three IHRA National Event titles and several top 10 IHRA championship titles.
He is survived by his son, Jeffrey Solyan and his wife Sheila, and their children, Lainey and Landon, of Hermitage; his daughter, Amy Balaska and her husband, Kevin, and their children, Leah and Carson, of Lexington, S.C.; and by his business partner and former wife, Carol Solyan of Hermitage.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Michael Solyan and Jerry Miklos; and his sister, Dorthy Zimmer.
A celebration of life gathering for family and friends will be held on Saturday, Aug. 5, at his home from 4 to 7 p.m.
Published on July 21, 2017