Ronald W. Sugden, 93, passed away peacefully Wednesday (Feb. 6, 2013) at home, surrounded by family.
Mr. Sugden was born on Jan. 27, 1920 in Walton Ulysses Township, Pa. to Ai Henry and Angeline (Knickerbocker) Sugden. He joined the U.S. Army in 1942 and experienced extensive action in WW II in Algeria-French Morocco, Rome-Arno, Southern France, Rhineland and Central Europe. He was awarded 5 bronze stars. On Feb. 2, 1946, in Whitesville, he married Dorothy E. Stuck, who predeceased him on Sept. 13, 1993.
Ronald worked for Otis Eastern Pipeline in Wellsville for several years. He later worked as a truck driver for Benjamin Smith Trucking in Wellsville for 20 years and also worked for Genesee Township Highway Department.
Ron is survived by three daughters, Bonnie (Joe) Perry of Virginia Beach, Va., Judy (Lewie) Jackson of Wellsville and Barbara Hartlaub of Ulysses, Pa.; one son, Donald (Melissa) Sugden of Whitesville; one brother, Lyle (Eileen) Sugden of Shinglehouse, Pa.; two sisters, Elsie (Leonard) Coleman of Erie, Pa. and Betty Hayes of Lexington, Ky.; a special caregiver and granddaughter, Nicole McMichael; 15 grandchildren; 37 great grandchildren; 5 great great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a son and daughter-in-law, Ronald W. (Jean) Sugden, Jr.; a son-in-law, Earl Hartlaub; two brothers, Harold Sugden and Howard Sugden; and two sisters, June Costello and Laura Outman.
Ron was a member of the Ulysses American Legion. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and trapper. He also enjoyed sitting on his front porch waving at those passing by.
Friends may call on Sunday from 3-5 p.m. at the Baker-Swan Funeral Home, 3256 Riverside Drive in Wellsville. The funeral service will be held on Monday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Mel Ternes of the Solid Rock Bible Church in Hickox, Pa., officiating. Burial will follow in Genesee Cemetery in Genesee, Pa. with full military honors. Online condolences may be offered at www.baker-swan.com.
Memorial contributions in Ron’s name may be made to Genesee Volunteer Ambulance, PO Box 9, Genesee, PA 16923.