Ronald R. McGowan

Oct. 19, 1931 – Feb. 9, 2020

Ronald R. McGowan, 88, Bakerton, died peacefully on Sunday, surrounded by his loving children and family.

He was born in Fulton Run, son of Andrew and Annie (Watson) McGowan.

Surviving are his children: Colleen Weidner and husband, Robert, of Harrisburg, Darlene Griesemer and husband, Dave, of Mechanicsburg, Cindy Lapinsky and husband, Chuck, of Enola, Barbara Gaul and husband, Richie, of Alexandria, Va., Denise Westrick and husband, Dave, of Arlington, Va., Ronald A. McGowan and wife, Barbara, of Magnolia, Del., Bob McGowan and Maureen of Bakerton, John McGowan of Bakerton, and Susan Hubshman and husband, James, of Chesapeake, Va.; 17 grandchildren: Jennifer (Brian) Sturtevant, Michael (Megan) Griesemer, Melissa (Ryan) Watson, Sarah Zdunski, Jessica (Zared) Shawver, Lea (Clifford) Bohn, Jocelyn (Zach) Sheets, Katie Zdunski, Andrew McGowan, Michael Corrado, Abby McGowan, Matt Westrick, Olivia Hubshman, John McGowan, Megan McGowan, Zachary Hubshman and Emma McGowan; nine great-grandchildren: Paisley Zdunski, Hanna Corrado, Siena Sturtevant, Juniper Griesemer, Peyton Watson, Cameron Sheets, Chase Watson, Simon Shawver and Joseph Sheets; two sisters: Mildred Richter of Alexandria, Va., and Elizabeth (Joseph) Wiest of Butler; many more nieces, nephews and family members; and many beloved grandpets.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Irene (Sclesky); his parents; infant son, Joseph; two brothers: William and Andrew; and a sister, Helen Rubisch.

Ron served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a teacher at Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School and a guidance counselor at Altoona Area High School, a career lasting over 30 years.

Ron was a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church, Carrolltown.

Ron was the best husband, dad, grandad and great-grandad ever. He was a family man, the No. 1 fan of his children and grandchildren in their many activities. He loved football, especially the Pittsburgh Steelers, he was a master of Sudoku, he loved gardening, making Friday night pizza, jogging, and he was a good listener and a wise counselor. This gentle, quiet, loving, caring and wonderful man has left a permanent mark on our hearts and will be supremely missed and never forgotten. May God bless him abundantly.

Friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, at Moriconi Funeral Home Inc., Northern Cambria. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at St. Benedict Catholic Church, Father Jude Brady OSB, celebrant. Interment will be at St. Benedict Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Benedict Catholic Church.