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In Memory

Ron Depner

Ron Depner

photo  Ronald Harry Depner


Ronald Harry Depner, 77, of Fort Gratiot, Michigan died on Monday, May 10, 2021.

Ronald was born on Thursday, November 25, 1943, in New Brighton, Pennsylvania to the late Harry and Clara Depner. He married Mary Summers on Friday, June 25, 1965, in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. Mary was a 1961 graduate of Beaver Falls High School, Pa. as well as a graduate of Geneva College.

Ron retired from the United States Army Tank-Automotive Command in 1996 after 31 years of service. He was a 1961 graduate of Beaver Falls High School and a graduate of Geneva College, Beaver Falls. Pa. 

He was very active and involved at Olivet Evangelical Lutheran Church, Detroit, Michigan for 37 years, and at St. Martin Lutheran Church, Port Huron, Michigan for 19 years. He coached baseball with Warren Village Athletic Club.

Ron loved to bowl and travel and had visited 39 states and many National Parks and historic sites.

Ronald is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary; son, Ronald C. (Jane) Depner of Yale, Michigan; daughter-in-law, Dawn Depner; seven grandchildren, Jordyn Depner, Kurtis Depner, Benjamin Depner, Elizabeth Depner, Grace Depner, Jonathan Depner, and Angel Soulliere; and two great-grandchildren, Kylie Soulliere and Daniel Healy. He was preceded in death by his son, Michael E. Depner on January 29, 2020.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 13, 2021, in Pollock-Randall Funeral Home. A limited number of people will be allowed in at a time. Please wear a mask for the comfort and safety of others.

Funeral services will follow on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. The Reverend Bonnie Klos of St. Paul Lutheran Church will officiate.

Friends may view the live stream by visiting Ronald’s obituary page on the funeral home website at:   pollockrandall.com

A graveside committal will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 21, 2021, in Grove Cemetery, New Brighton, Pennsylvania.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Martin Lutheran Church, Port Huron, Michigan, or Mid City Nutrition Program, Port Huron, Michigan.



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05/15/21 06:31 AM #1    

Debra LLoyd (Boyer)

The class of 1961 has lost yet another classmate.  I didn't know Ron personally, but, knew him from afar.  He was married to another classmate, Mary Summers who was my classmate from 1st grade through graduation from BFHS.  Sincere condolences to Mary and her family in her loss of Ron.

05/15/21 10:10 AM #2    

Martha Hosack (Gurdin)

I am sorry to read this. I did not know Ron well but went from first grade through Geneva with Mary. They seemed to fit together and I am sure he will be sadly missed. Sending my condolences. 

05/15/21 07:42 PM #3    

Connie Wardman

Hi Mary ~ I'm so sorry to hear of Ron's passing.  Will you be in New Brighton for the burial service?  Either way sending you and the rest of your family lots of love and prayers!


05/15/21 10:10 PM #4    

Martha Dean (Hoegle)

My sympathy and prayers to Mary and her family on the death of Ron.  I have many special memories of both of them.  Being in the band together for years we had a lot of bands, concerts, parades, practices and performing half time shows at the football fields.  I did not realize until I read Ron's obituary that we were born two days apart in New Brighton.  He would have been born on Thanksgiving Day and I know that the was a blessing to all that knew him.  Mary I  know that this is a tough loss for you since you both were married for 55 years and all of the years before that you knew him.  May God comfort you as only He can.

05/16/21 09:26 PM #5    

Joseph Betters

Our prayers are with Ron's family. I remember Ron. We were in the same club together. This is yet another loss for our "61" Family. God bless you Ron.


05/17/21 11:09 AM #6    

Gary Moore

Dep was an everyday playmate in my College Hill childhood -- fair-minded, kind, full of fun, and always good to be around. And a heck of a good first baseman. I count myself lucky to have shared many days in the sun with him when we were growing up.  I can see his sly smile now.  May Ron rest in peace. And may Mary and the family find consolation in Ron's smiling spirit.

05/17/21 01:08 PM #7    

Thomas Courtice

I remember Ron best as a quiet, consistent, loyal, dependable friend and a great member of the Tiger Marching Band. Thoughts and prayers with Mary and her family.  

05/17/21 07:43 PM #8    

Lon Hogue

Sorry to hear about the passing of Ron. He was a classmate, friend, we were teamates on our BF Little League championship team in 1955.

Lonnie Hogue


06/11/21 08:34 PM #9    

Janet Belkowski (MacCrindle)

So sorry to hear of Ron's passing. I remember we were playmates when we lived on College Hill in our grade school years. He always had the best cap guns and his parents were both very nice to know. Rest in Peace Ron and to the whole family so sorry for your loss.

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