The Life of Ronald McElhaney

RONALD B. MCELHANEY AUSTINTOWN TOWNSHIP - Ronald B. McElhaney, 84, departed this earthly life and went home to be with the Lord on Monday, May 22, 2017, after a long, courageous battle with kidney disease. “Ron” was born on Sept. 5, 1932, in Connellsville, Pa., the son of the late Lawrence and Nancy (Hart) McElhaney. He attended Niles McKinley High School and served his country in the U.S. Army. Ron was an exterminator with Assured Pest Control until 1980. He had also worked at Advanced Desk for 12 years. Spending time with family was Ron’s true passion and he enjoyed that more than anything. Ron also enjoyed flying model airplanes, gardening, animals, and loved his classic country music. Ron married the love of his life, Jo Ann Collins.

They were married for 59 years until her passing on Dec. 15, 2013. Ron will be so deeply missed by his three daughters, Linda (Ryan) Chapman of Indiana, Kathy (Edward) Marshall of Canfield, and Jill Luli of Austintown; his seven grandchildren, Ed, Elizabeth, Tiffany, Brian, Ryan, Gary and Amanda; nine great-grandchildren; as well as two sisters, Villa Millikin of Warren and Alberta (Jon) Gerspacher of South Carolina; and one brother, Robert McElhaney of Florida. Ron was preceded in death by his parents and his wife. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday from 10 to 11 a.m., with services starting at 11 a.m. at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel.

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