Ronald G. Abraham, 80

Ronald G. Abraham, 80 years, of Hamilton, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at Cameron Memorial Hospital, Angola, Indiana.  Ron was born August 7, 1939, in Wauseon, Ohio, the son of the late Dr. Max (Doc) and Galia (Kaufman) Abraham.  He was a 1957 graduate of Edon High School.  Ron received his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in 1962.  He attained his master’s degree from Ohio University in 1987, graduating with his daughter Sandy.  Ron married Carol Jean Nelson on March 24, 1962, in West Branch, Michigan, and she survives.  Ron spent 23 years working the U.S. Forest Service in six states, part of his time was as a District Ranger in Southern Ohio.  He then worked as Chief of the Ohio Division of Forestry for 13 years.  Upon retirement a 69 acre site in Sandusky County, Ohio, was dedicated as the “Ronald G. Abraham Forest” by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.  He was a quiet man but had a love for visiting National Parks.  Smokey Bear was a lifetime friend.  His traveling with Carol Jean included 49 states, most of Europe, Canada, Scandinavia and eight summers he lectured on the Mississippi River boats.  He treasured the time he could spend with family, following their activities and encouraging their endeavors.  He was an active member and past president of the Hamilton Lions Club.  Ron served on the Board of the Hamilton Lake Association and was a member of the Hamilton United Methodist Church.

Surviving is his wife, Carol Jean of Hamilton, Indiana; two daughters, Brenda (Robert) Griffin of West Branch, Michigan and Sandy (Mark) Kleiman of Lake Barrington, Illinois; five grandchildren, Delani Griffin, Riley Griffin, Robby Griffin, Maggie Kleiman and Max Kleiman; one sister, Carolyn Kaltenbach of Lyndon, Washington.  He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother-in-law, Edwin Kaltenbach.

Due to the health emergency, private family services were held in the Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home, 3985 East Church Street, Hamilton.  Interment was made in Hamilton Cemetery.  A Celebration of Life service for Ron will be held at a later date.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider memorial contributions be made to the Hamilton Lions Club or to Hamilton United Methodist Church.

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