CONNEAUT LAKE —
Ronald E. (Ronnie) Watkins, 69, of Conneaut Lake, went to be with his Lord and Savior on his birthday, Monday, May 13, 2013, at Marquette Hospice House.
He was born in Meadville, a son of Merle R. and Bessie K. Adams Watkins. He married Sandra (Sandi) Saul on Sept. 16, 1995, at Watson Run Church of God; she survives.
He worked for many years in steel fabrication and retired as a foreman at Excalibur Machine Co. He was a graduate of Meadville High School and was a member of Watson Run Church of God. He was an avid bowler, being inducted into the Crawford County Bowling Hall of Fame in 1994. He lived to hunt deer and enjoyed fishing, golfing, downhill skiing, and maintaining and landscaping his property and house which he built. He was a passionate Steelers fan, enjoying watching the games with his cat, Fluffy. He will be deeply missed by his family and especially his grandchildren.
Survivors, in addition to his wife Sandi, of 17 years, include two sons, Brian Watkins and his wife, Jennifer, of Clinton, Ohio, and Dennis Watkins and his girlfriend, Laura Feil, of Pittsburgh; four grandchildren, Andrew, Cassandra, Corey and Dylan Watkins; two brothers, Richard Watkins of Meadville and Raymond Watkins of Conneaut Lake; two sisters, Marie Holcombe of Meadville and Anna Mae Rossi of Meadville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Glenn Watkins, John Watkins, Robert Watkins and Merle Watkins; and a sister, Laura Richmond.
Calling hours will be Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Waid-Coleman Funeral Home Inc., 12422 Conneaut Lake Road, Conneaut Lake.
The funeral service will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Watson Run Church of God, 9985 S. Watson Run Road, Meadville, with Pastor Ken Hough officiating.
Interment will be in Roselawn Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Marquette Hospice House (for a memorial project in Ronnie’s name), c/o Hospice of Crawford County, 464 Pine St., Meadville, Pa. 16335.
Memories and condolences may be shared at waidcolemanfh.com.