Ronald L. Sharp Sr., 76, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, at Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family.
He was born on July 29, 1944, in South Bend, to the late Hershel and Dorotha (Barnes) Sharp and has remained a lifelong resident. He was a graduate of Riley High School and worked for Stanz Food Service as a truck driver for 42 years. He was a volunteer fireman for Centre Township Fire Department from 1973 to 1987.
On Aug. 24, 1963, he was united in marriage Mary Lou Smith, his beautiful wife of 57 years, who survives. He is also survived by his daughters: Laura (Daniel) Weaver, Syracuse; Deborah (John Tepe) Hahn, North Fort Myers, Fla.; Julie Sharp, Mishawaka; sons: Ron “Jr” (Donna) Sharp, Elkhart; and Jon (Missy) Sharp, Mishawaka. Also surviving are his grandchildren: Jon (Kayla) Weaver, Kimberlee (David) Dahl, Jennifer (Tyler) Warman, Ashlee Hahn, Kaylynne (Ryan) Johnson, Angel Cramer, Michael (Falon) Tanner, Jason (Kennedy) Sharp, Justin (Ashley) Sharp, Ryan (Kelli) Sharp, Tia (Adam) Drudge, Liberty, Justice, Glory, and Honor Sharp, along with 21 great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind his sister: Juanita Searfoss, South Bend; and a brother: Jerry (Rodger) Sharp, North Vernon; and his special sister-in-law “Guilda” and special trash n’ treasure buddy Alan. Ron was the beloved “Uncle Ronnie” to many special nieces and nephews which he loved dearly and loved to spend time with.
Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother: David Sharp; a grandson: J.D. Hahn; and son-in-law: Jeffrey Hahn. He will be fondly remembered for his trash and treasure hunting skills and finding a purpose for those items he collected. He was an avid fisherman and loved his Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears. He enjoyed spending time with his “coffee buddies” at McDonalds and Chick-fil-A. Most of all he will be remembered for his love for his wife and his family who will miss him dearly.
No services will be held at this time. The family will have a celebration of life at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made in Ron’s memory to Sonlight Fellowship Wesleyan Church, 3702 S. Michigan St. South Bend, IN 46614.