EDISON — A Vietnam War veteran, Ron Shambaugh protected our freedom alongside other Army soldiers. Trained as a radio relay carrier, Ron used radar pulse transmission and reception techniques to communicate between U.S. battalions. He was honorably discharged in 1970.
Just eight months ago, Ron was diagnosed with stage four-lung cancer. The very man who once protected our freedom is now himself free and at peace.
Ron Shambaugh of Edison passed away Tuesday afternoon, June 15, 2010, in Woodside Village Care Center. He was 61.
Born Sept. 20, 1948, in Bellville, Ron was the son of Charles and Mary (Music) Shambaugh and graduated from Clear Fork High School in 1967. Ron worked as a corrections officer at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield. He then transferred to North Central Correctional Institution where he worked just under 20 years.
“Shammy,” as his friends would often call him, loved racing with a passion. After returning from Vietnam, Ron and a group of friends bought and raced their first stock car, often racing at Mansfield Motor Speedway. A few years ago, Ron and his son bought their own sprint car, racing in Attica, Fremont, Lakeville and Waynesfield. Ron was a member of the Eldora Boosters Speedway Club.
He is survived by his daughter, Tina Ammons of Mount Vernon; son, Jeremy Shambaugh of Fredericktown; two granddaughters, Allie Renee Shambaugh and Ivy Alizabeth Ammons; sisters and brothers-in-law, Lynn and Charlie Fox of Ontario and Tonya and Tom Au of Howard; brother, J.H. Kim of Ocean, N.J.; nephews, Troy and Bryan Holup, Mitchell, Adam and Robby Au, and Jonathan and Jason Kim; great-nephew, Brady Au; great-niece, Elizabeth Holup; as well as his best friends, Allan Brindo and Bob Minks.
Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his infant brother, Charles Shambaugh Jr.
The family will receive friends Friday, June 18, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Homes, where Ron’s funeral will be held Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Burial with full military honors will follow in Bellville Cemetery.
The family extends an invitation for friends and any visitors to wear their racing gear to both the visitation and funeral services in Ron’s memory.
Memorial contributions to the Ron Shambaugh Memorial Fund may be made at the funeral home. Online condolences to his family may be made by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.