OBITUARY

Ronald J Latham

November 16, 1941March 27, 2021
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Ronald J. Latham 79 passed away Saturday March 27, 2021 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, IN. He was born November 16, 1941 in Fort Wayne to the late Howard and Mary Latham. Ronald was born and raised in Fort Wayne and attended North Side High School where he starred in basketball. Ron then played his collegiate basketball at Ball State Teachers College where he earned his Bachelor’s degree. He was an advertising executive and coached basketball at the high school and collegiate level.

He is survived by his son Lance Latham of Noblesville,IN; Siblings Sharon Hutner, Mary Ann Phillips, Deborah Bair, Rick Latham, Dawn Barr, Gail Deck, Kim Latham-Larson, Barry Latham and a granddaughter Kara Latham of West Lafayette, IN. Ronald was preceded in death by his sister Judith Wilson, brother Terry Latham and a daughter in law Mahala Latham.

Funeral service will be 4pm Thursday April 8, 2021 at D.O. McComb and Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home 1140 Lake Ave Fort Wayne, IN with visitation from 2-4 pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to your favorite youth sports league in memory of Ronald. To sign the online guestbook go to www.mccombandsons.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 8, 2021

  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 8, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, April 8, 2021

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Kris Rosinski

April 8, 2021

I've known and loved you since I was three! You taught me how to properly throw a baseball and always had a plethora of goodies!!

You are missed, but thankful you are in a better place--you deserve only the best! A cold Pepsi and buttered popcorn for you to enjoy the game of your choice!

With Love, Kris


Teri Rosinski

April 8, 2021

Memories of Ron
Ron Latham was a man of an indomitable spirit who was always upbeat through successes and difficulties. He admired people that were plucky, worked hard, and had a sense of humor. He had many friends and always enjoyed their company. He loved advertising, basketball, golf, Komet hockey, Notre Dame football games, coaching, scouting, a good joke, and snacks. His earlier days were spent barnstorming around the area playing in as many basketball tournaments as he could. He played with and kept up with some of the area greats, such as Steve Platt, Bob Pelkington, and Dick Harris. Ron owned an advertising agency for a long time. He counted Dick Miller as a good friend. He worked many years with Chad and Bonnie MacDowell through the Sports Vacation and Boat Show. The MacDowell’s and their kids were a source of delight to Ron. The Komets were another of Ron’s interests. He used to tell fun stories about his friend Michael Franke, whom Ron held in high esteem. Ron and his sister Kim shared this interest. I was fortunate enough to tag along with Ron and Frank Conrey to Notre Dame football games. I heard that Ron’s nickname was “Satch” because he carried a satchel filled to the brim with multiple snacks in every nook and cranny. He was always a great one to have around if you were hungry or stranded! Later on, golf outings with his buddies and brother Rick were a highlight, along with attending St. Francis football games with more of his pals. He was up for any game, especially basketball. He was always with me when I had to recruit at the college level and scout at the high school level. He never complained at the demanding schedule. In fact, I think he enjoyed it. He was always genuine and present. He loved advertising, sports, his friends, and a good joke! He was my dear friend, mentor, and colleague who helped me achieve success as a player and a coach. He was one in a million to me. Tough to believe he is gone. Goodbye old friend.
Teri Rosinski

Teri Rosinski

April 8, 2021

Memories of Ron Latham,

Ron was a man of an indomitable spirit who was always upbeat through successes and difficulties. He admired people that were plucky, worked hard, and had a sense of humor. He had many friends and always enjoyed their company. He loved advertising, basketball, golf, Komet hockey, Notre Dame football games, coaching, scouting, a good joke, and snacks.

His earlier days were spent barnstorming around the area playing in as many basketball tournaments as he could. He played with and kept up with some of the area greats, such as Steve Platt, Bob Pelkington, and Dick Harris.

Ron owned an advertising agency for a long time. He counted Dick Miller as a good friend. He worked many years with Chad and Bonnie McDowell through the Sports Vacation and Boat Show. The McDowell’s and their kids were a source of delight to Ron.

The Komets were another of Ron’s strong interests. He used to tell fun stories about his friend Michael Franke, whom Ron held in high esteem. Ron and his sister Kim shared a passion for the Komets.

I was lucky enough to tag along with Ron and the late Frank Conrey to Notre Dame football games. I heard Ron’s nickname was “Satch” because he carried a satchel filled to the brim with multiple snacks in every nook and cranny. He was always a great one to have around if you were hungry or stranded!

Ron was always proud of his son Lance and his many successes as an entrepreneur and businessman. He bragged about his lovely granddaughter, Kara. Ron cared about so many people that I cannot name all of the people that he worked with, had lunch with, played golf with, and laughed with.

He was always genuine and present. He loved advertising, sports, his friends, and a good joke! He left an indelible mark on many, and made many feel special. I know he was my dear friend, mentor, and colleague who helped me find success as a player and coach. I can't believe he is gone. He was one in a million to me and is sorely missed.
Teri Rosinski

Ron and Mary Hathaway

April 7, 2021

We knew Ron in the later years of his life. He coached 2 of our daughters at Bishop Luers. After they graduated we continued to see him at many area sporting events. We will miss his wisdom and wit that he shared at many games. We're thankful for his friendship, and our lives are richer for having known him. Our deepest sympathies to his family. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Jeff Leffers

April 6, 2021

Ron was simply a wonderful guy, always smiling and upbeat. I greatly enjoyed talking University of Saint Francis men and women's basketball with him, as well as attending sports banquets and bending his ear for his opinions and insights on high school and college athletes. I learned a lot from him. He was a warm and kind soul who will be greatly missed by all his family and friends for some time to come - such a good person.
Jeff Leffers

Mari Sturm

April 4, 2021

I was sorry to hear about Ron. He was a good friend to our son, Mitch, when he moved to Ft. Wayne. Such a kind, thoughtful person. They enjoyed Cincinnati Red and Detroit Tiger games along with one of Ron's Brothers. Thoroughly enjoyed eating out and talking sports. He was a big help with Mitch and his MVP Basketball program. He is already truly missed. Thoughts and prayers to the Latham family.

God Bless.....Mari Sturm

DEAN JACKSON

March 31, 2021

Rest in peace my friend.

Always upbeat, always full of sunshine no matter what. You have mentored so many. I guess that's the coach's heart.

I can't thank you enough for the stories (most are repeatable), pep talks, the lunches the wisdom - but mostly for just courageously authentic being you.

Your ripple is still casting across the water. You touched so many people Ron.

Goodbye friend.

Kevin MacDowell

March 30, 2021

I'm very sad to hear of Ron's passing. I don't think I ever saw Rom without a smile, and I have many fond memories of him being a part of my early childhood and family fun life, particularly through the Fort Wayne Sports Vacation and Boat Show, and also playing very aggressive backyard basketball with brothers Sean and Ryan. Rest in Peace Ron!

Michael Bird

March 30, 2021

To an old friend and especially my basketball mentor thank you good bye I'll miss you Mike Bird

Ron Gregory

March 29, 2021

From working with Ron at WOWO in the early 70s and on through the years, dozens of Sports events, and countless mid-week lunches, I'm really going to miss my buddy. We pulled together for our Komets, and fought like cats and dogs over the Yankees and Cubs. His endless practical jokes are legendary. And his loyal friendship will always be cherished.
Thanks for everything Ron,
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