Ronald B. LaWare

June 13, 1934 ~ January 9, 2020 (age 85)


Ronald B. LaWare, 85, of Tiffin, passed away on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at his home.

He was born on June 13, 1934 in Buffalo, NY to Ernest, Sr. and Mildred (Burke) LaWare.  In 1957, he married Anne Zelinsky and she preceded him in death.  On June 6, 1992, he married Margaret “Peg” Buko.

He is survived by his wife, Peg LaWare of Tiffin; son, Ronald K. (Susan) LaWare of Deshler; daughters, Diane (Anthony) Marino of Waymart, PA and Denise (Richard) Hutter of Raleigh, NC; brother, Ernest (Linda) LaWare, III of Attica, NY; four grandchildren, Karl LaWare, Kyle LaWare, Georgia Hutter and Dominic LaWare; and one great granddaughter, Ava LaWare.

He was also preceded in death by his parents.

Ronald graduated in 1953 from Eden High School in Eden, New York and served in the Seventh Calvary Regiment in the United States Army from April 8, 1954 to April 8, 1957.  He worked as an appliance salesman in New York for years; retiring in 2011 and in 2012, he moved to Tiffin to be close to Peg’s family who treated Ronald like a son and brother. While serving in the Army, Ronald played basketball, then played professional basketball for the New York Knicks and played for many area teams throughout his life.  He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, was a  3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus in Eden, NY,  and enjoyed barbequing, reading, his cats and dog, vacationing at Cove Have Resort in Lakeville, PA, visiting the Sports Hall of Fame and touring Yankee Stadium and Yogi Berra Museum.

His Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. Joseph Szybka and Rev. Matthew Rader con-celebrating.  A Rosary will be prayed 20 minutes prior to Mass.  The United Veterans Council will do a service at the Church.

Friends may visit with the family from 4-6 P.M. on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home, 236 S. Washington St., Tiffin, Ohio 44883, (419) 447-2424.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Seneca County, Tiffin Area Veteran’s Organization or to Heartland Hospice.

The family would like to thank Peg’s family who helped with his home care the past few months after his diagnosis and also would like to thank Heartland Hospice. 

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January 14, 2020

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory
236 S. Washington St.
Tiffin, OH 44883

Funeral Mass
January 15, 2020

10:00 AM
St. Joseph Catholic Church Condolences

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