Pennsylvania State Birling Champion,
best husband, dad, and friend.
Ron was born in a farmhouse in Barto, PA in the first few hours of the year 1948. One of ten brothers and sisters, his fondest childhood memories were of large family and community gatherings—church youth group ice skates on frozen ponds, hayrides in the fall, baseball games with his brothers and neighbors.
In 1972, Ron met his soulmate-to-be, Jennie (Genevieve) Stauffer. They married on May 4, 1974, and they moved to Potter County the next day. Ron cherished the natural beauty of that area, and he ran trapping lines to make ends meet for his young family. He loved traveling, hunting, fishing and hiking with his wife and children. Ron’s love for nature inspired him to build beautiful gardens around his house (with the occasional pond), craft birdhouses in his own unique style, and take wonderful pictures. You couldn’t take a walk with Ron without him disappearing, only to find him half an hour later taking pictures of a single flower or bird from multiple angles. He truly appreciated all of God’s creation—he didn’t take anything for granted, and he taught his children these lessons by humble example.
The most remarkable thing about Ron was not the story of his life, but the way he lived each and every day, and the wonderful kindness he shared with everyone he met. His mantra was “don’t worry, just trust in God” and he was unflappable in that regard. He always put others before himself. He was genuinely kind and respectful of everyone he met, and the outpouring of love and condolences from the community has been overwhelming.
Ron is survived by his wife Genevieve (Stauffer) of Sartwell Creek, Potter County; son Jonathan Zane and daughter-in-law Andrea Maria and grandson, Zander Zane, of Chevy Chase, MD; daughter, Hannah Korinne and son-in-law, Joshua Stream of Cottonwood Heights, UT. He is survived also by his 97-year-old mother, Mary C. K. Gehman, of Barto, PA, and nine brothers and sisters: Linford (Rebecca Roeder) of Bergton, VA.; Abraham (Drolleen Mack) of Bally; Rhoda, of Bally; Johanna, of Barto; James (Sandra Blessing) of Boyertown; Ada, of Barto; Merrill, of Bally; Harley, of Indian, AK; Dwight, of Barto; and ten nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his father, Abraham B. Gehman.
Ron was so loved by his family, friends, coworkers and community. Our hearts are shattered by his death, and that sense of loss is profoundly personal for each one. There can be solace in this if the memories we cherish motivate us to live our lives a little bit more like Ron lived his: Appreciate the little things. Don’t Worry. Treat everyone with respect and kindness.