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Ron Gore, 74, of Covington, passed away on Friday, July 14, 2017. Ron was a resident of Covington, Ind. for the past 45 years. He grew up in Danville.
Ron is survived by his wife of 21 years, Connie (Gross) Gore. Ron was a graduate of Purdue University where he earned a degree in Chemical Engineering. Ron worked as a Chemical Engineer at Olin/Flexel after graduation. Before retirement, Ron worked at Devro/Teepak as Sr. Engineer in the Development Dept.
Ron left behind his sister, Susie Norman and husband Dick. Ron also had 4 step-children who loved him dearly: Heather Salts of Charlotte, N.C., Holly (Salts) Magee and husband John of Pensacola, Fla., Heidi Salts and fiancé David Wharton of Brazil, Ind. and Lane Salts of Williamsport, Ind. He left behind his beloved grandchildren: Indya, Ivan, Ireland, Iyla, Andre, Marcus, Ross Mitchell (name Mitchell after Grandpa), Lily and Sophie; his niece, Gina Norman; and nephew, David Norman; as well as several great-nieces and nephews. He will be deeply missed by his great-nephew, Ethan and great-niece, Ella Johnson. Ron was preceded in death by his father, James and mother, Dorothy.
Grandpa Ron spent much of his time enjoying the grandchildren, watching them grow, and taking an active role in their lives. You could always find him at a sporting event, picking berries, playing in the water, or reading a book with one of his grandchildren. His love of his grandchildren united a passion of development in infants and toddlers where he became avid on how to increase brain development of young children. Ron created and worked hard to gain support for Smart (Service Members Arranging Remedial Training), a program to be staffed by retiring military personnel on unused military base facilities. The program would provide remedial education, drug rehabilitation, and/ or job training. Ron was an unusually active citizen, patriotic with a great appreciation for what America is and offers to people of all types and backgrounds. He had a compassionate but realistic view of the role of government. In this it seems Ron was "paying it forward", in gratitude of what America had given him in his own life. For many years, Ron wrote letters to the editor, and recently he began a regular column for Commercial-News. Ron was a passionate animal lover. He took great care of his family dogs and all other dogs or animals that crossed his path.
A special thank you to the conservation officers of district 5 in Indiana as well as Bellmore Fire Department and Parke County Sheriff's office for their swift response, caring, compassion and professional manner during this tragedy.
A private memorial for family took place on Tuesday, July 18.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers to consider donating to Danville Humane Shelter, 1225 North Collett St., Danville, Ill., American Heart Association online or Bellmore Fire Dept. and Rescue, 7020 E US Highway 36 Rockville, IN 47872.
Sunset's Covington Chapel, 420 3rd Street Covington, IN 47932 are in charge of arrangements. Please share your photos and memories of Ronnie on his tribute wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.
Published on July 23, 2017
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