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Ronald  J.  Denardo
  • Special Olympics Michigan Area 16
    Area Director Chris Maynard 50505 Meadow Oak Trail
    Mattawan, MI 49071

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“Dear Ethy & Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Ron was mycoach for weightlifting......I recall all the good times we had during practice, and...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Raj Mehta - Portage, MI - Friend

“So sad to hear about Ron. Love and prayers coming your way from all your friends ”
2 of 9 | Posted by: Gale Doster - Plainwell, MI

“So sorry to hear about your loss. Much love to your family. ”
3 of 9 | Posted by: Cindy sans - kalamazoo, MI

“SO SORRY TO HEAR OF RONS DEATH> MANY PRAYERS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY> I WAS RONS COUSI> BOBS DAUGHTER> ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: sharon strecker - Isle, MN

“Ron, your strength was always visible in your compassion for others. Your power was felt in the gym but also in the hearts of many. You were taken to...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Ryan Sheffer - Grand Rapids, MI

“Uncle Ron. I will never forget the excitement that Jacob always had after any of your fishing conversations together. You will always be loved and...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Mike Bowden - Family

“You will be missed coach ron. ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Donnie Terry - Kalamazoo, MI

“I will miss you more than you'll know. I love you Ron.you were an awesome brother. ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: Maria Erickson - East Bethel, MN

“My thoughts are with Ethy, Mark and the entire Denardo family. Ron was a champion for special olympics and his family. He will be missed...RIP. ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Frances Jewell - Kalamazoo., MI


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Ron Denardo's life recently came to an end on May 11, 2019. Ron was 68 years old and a husband, father, and grandfather.

Ron will be remembered for his service to Special Olympics. For the last 15 years he served as head coach for Kalamazoo's Powerlifting team. While volunteering, he had the opportunity to take two of his athletes to Puerto Rico for a competition and to see his son, Mark, compete at the national level in Seattle. For many years he volunteered as Area 16 Public Relations, editor of their newsletter and chaperoned at many state competitions.

Ron also gave much of his time to interpreting Italian vital records into English so people all over the world could discover their heritage. He interpreted over 300,000 birth, death, and marriage records and posted them online. He loved being able to converse with Italians all over the world. His work will remain online and will continue to help people throughout the world.

Surviving Ron are his wife Ethy, son Mark, daughter Lily, daughter-in-law Jessica (née Heil), and grandchildren Avery and Adeline.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019 at the Farley Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care in Richland, MI with a luncheon to follow at the Richland Area Community Center, 9400 East CD Ave. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to honor his life may give to Special Olympics Michigan Area 16. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.