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Ronald Eugene Garrett, 70, formerly of Mercer, passed away Wednesday (June 14, 2017) (Flag Day) of diabetes and cancer at the HJ Heinz Veterans Center in Pittsburgh.
Ron was born Dec. 23, 1946 to Dalmer J. and Carolyn (Wisniowski) Garrett.
He was a 1964 graduate of Mercer High School where he excelled in football and was in the band "The Corvelles" where he played guitar.
In his early years he had worked at Westinghouse where he won an award for predicting the company's income profit. He then drove a big rig for McLean Trucking and enjoyed driving the country's interstates.
Ron joined the Army where he honorably served for three years and was awarded numerous medals.
Ron was a good hard-working man. He was smart, funny and unique. You never knew what Ron was going to say or do, but he certainly gave us a lot of laughs and good memories.
He also experienced dark moments due to his physical and mental health disabilities. His family thanks everyone he dealt with for being kind to him and apologizes for anything he may have said or did when he was not himself.
Ron enjoyed music, Scrabble, checkers, euchre, bingo, the lottery and casino trips.
He was a Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates fan.
Ron was very giving to various organizations.
In lieu of a memorial, he requested that you just pay it forward, because sometimes people are just down and out on their luck.
He is survived by: his mother; a brother, Thomas; two sisters, Mrs. Jake (Marsha) Yoder and Mrs. David (Joyce) Jackal; and several extended family members.
He was preceded in death by his father.
A special thanks to Father Don and all of the staff at the HJ Heinz Veterans Center for their dedicated service and compassion.
Calling hours are 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday (7-2-17) at the Hickory VFW followed by a private family memorial service led by Rev. Kenton Shaw and music by Chuck Thorpe.
Cremation was held, and burial will be at Mount Washington Cemetery, Jefferson Township.
Published on June 29, 2017
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