Ronald L. ‘Ron’ Vandevander

Feb. 28, 1938 – July 5, 2019


Ronald L. “Ron” Vandevander, 81, Tipton, died early Friday morning at Maybrook Hills Rehabili­ta­tion and Healthcare Center, Altoona.

He was born in Bellwood, the youngest of 10 children of the late Charles A. and Mary E. (Ross) Vandevander. On July 2, 1960, he married Eleanor M. Cherry.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years; a daughter, Karen, of Tipton; a son, Scott, and wife, UnHui, of Charlotte, N.C., and their two sons, Chris and Alex, of whom he was extremely fond; and his sole surviving sibling, Janet Mann, of Cortland, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Logan Wolfe; four sisters: Pearl Burns, Mildred Garman, Edith Cherry and Phyllis Henry; and four brothers: Charles S., William E. “Bill,” Leonard B. and Paul B.

Ron was a 1956 graduate of Bellwood-Antis High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served with the Army Security Agency in Korea and also Vint Hill Farms Station in Virginia. In 1988, he retired from the CIA after 28 years of service and received Certificates of Distinction serving under two directorates during his tenure.

Ron was an avid Bellwood-Antis, Penn State and Pittsburgh Steelers football fan, and he also enjoyed the Pittsburgh Pirates and Penguins.

At the request of the deceased, there will be no viewing, visitation or funeral service. Interment will be at Logan Valley Cemetery, Bellwood.

In lieu of flowers and to honor Ron’s request, please consider memorial contributions to Wounded Warrior Project, American Red Cross or a charity of your individual choice.

Arrangements are by Jon C. Russin Funeral Home Inc., Bellwood.