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Hill Funeral Home

11723 South Saginaw Street, Grand Blanc, MI

OBITUARY

Roland Clyde Chavey

December 18, 1931January 20, 2016
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CHAVEY, Roland “Ron” – age 84, of Gaylord, MI died January 20, 2016. Ron died peacefully after a prolonged struggle with dementia shortly after celebrating his 84th birthday with many family members. He was born in Detroit on December 18, 1931, the son of Clyde and Ethel (Larkins) Chavey. He was educated at Georgia Military Academy in Atlanta, GA then received his engineering degree from General Motors Institute in Flint, MI in 1952. After more than 30 years working for General Motors in Flint, he “retired” to a second career of volunteerism in Gaylord, MI. Among several other activities, he was active with Rotary, having been the chapter president. He served on the Otsego County Board of Commissioners, helped start a homeless shelter, directed the Otsego Ski Patrol and the local Salvation Army office. He served the National Ski Patrol (as well as other organizations) for over 50 years and was honored as the national ski patroller of the year by the National Ski Patrol. In 1998 he was named “Buergermeister” (honorary mayor) of Gaylord. Additional community organizations Ron has served as an officer or board member include: United Way, Big Brothers, Salvation Army, Mid-Michigan Goodwill, Old Newsboys, Otsego Community Foundation, Rotary Club, Northern Michigan Region National Ski Patrol, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, Friendship Shelter, and Otsego County Chamber of Commerce. Ron has actively served these and other organizations throughout his life and received many awards from these organizations including the American Red Cross’s top volunteer and the E.S. “Pat” Patterson Award for volunteerism. Ron was married for over 20 years to Eunice (Chew). They had 6 children, June (Paul) Wiekierak, Russell (Christina Winder), Darrah (Peggy Weisensel), Kevin, Karen (Terry) Anway, and Katherine (James) Doyle. Ron was married to Carol (Krumbach) (Workman) (Freed) for 35 years, helping raise her three sons Scot (Tammy), William (Melissa) and Theodore (Tricia). After Carol’s death he was married to Judy (Daniels) (Kennicott). When he could no longer live independently, he moved to Aspen Ridge in Gaylord, then later to Clare Bridge of Grand Blanc, MI. In his later years, in addition to his many volunteer activities, he was devoted to his 5 children, 3 stepsons,16 (living) grandchildren: Elizabeth (Chavey) Crane, Sarah Winder-Chavey, Anna Winder-Chavey, Rhiannon (Chavey) Rudisill, James Chavey, Amanda Anway, Jeremiah Anway, Courtney (Doyle) Fisher, Addison Doyle, Michael Workman, Shana Workman, William Krumbach, Paige Krumbach, Gage Krumbach, Jack Krumbach, and Ben Krumbach, 10 Great-grandchildren: Jason Crane, Evelyn Rudisill, Ethan Rudisill, Hayley Anway, Olivia Anway, Julian Anway, Michael Workman (Jr.), Arriana Workman, Brently Runyon, and Toby Runyon. He was predeceased by his daughter June, her daughter Tracy Wiekierak, and his wife Carol. Ron will be remembered and missed by many.There will be a Memorial Service to celebrate Ron’s life on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at Hill Funeral Home, 11723 S. Saginaw St. Grand Blanc, MI 49439. Visitation from 10:00 A.M. to Noon followed by the service and then a luncheon. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ron Chavey Friendship Fund at the Otsego County Community Foundation (http://www.otsegofoundation.org). Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.hillfh.com. Arrangements provided by Hill Funeral Home – 11723 S. Saginaw St. Grand Blanc, MI.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, April 16, 2016

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, April 16, 2016

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Edward C Roney III

April 15, 2016

We are missing your mischief smile and we will be with your spirit tomorrow at your celebration of a life full of love for all. You have a huge heart I know as you are doing the Lords will of work up their in Heaven. May the Upper Lower MI shine bright every day and may you rest in peace knowing we all love you. Diane and Ted Roney, Teddy , Kelly, Brian and Kevin.

Cathy Daunt

February 12, 2016

So many great memories of growing up skiing, Ski Patrol, Sylvan Knob etc.with Ron and the entire Chavey family. May he now rest in peace and his family can focus on those memories.
Sincerely,
Cathy Daunt

Angela Wall

February 4, 2016

My deepest condolences to the Chavey family. Reading the stories, he sounds like a well-loved man who made a great impression on many - that speaks volumes; and it sounds like he will leave quite a legacy.

Chrissy Halvorson-Mons

February 2, 2016

My heart goes out to all of you. I will never forget the story he always told about when we all went to Colorado skiing and I was only 4 and I had to be lifted up and put on the chair lift and my brother/sister, I can't remember which one missed the lift, well I was heading up the mountain by myself and I spotted my parents and the Chavey's sitting outside having coffee so I hollered at them and they all freaked out and got up the mountain as quickly as they could. Ron loved embrassing me with that story, but I loved him for it also. Great man and great memories. I love you Ron

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Danielle Fry

February 2, 2016

I knew Ron and Carol through the Red Cross they were a great couple. I remember Ron liked his prime rib very rare going with him once and he ordered the waitress to tell the chef to pass it through the broiler one side flip it over and pass it through again; I've never seen anyone eat such rare meat!! They also took me and my husband to our first Michigan game what a treat!! He was a great guy and will be truly missed. God bless his family.

Donald Martel

January 31, 2016

The Roland Chavey Family,
I, along with the rest of the Martel family are deeply saddened to hear that Ron has passed. Our Families have great memories growing up on Otsego Lake.

Don Martel

Dave Baragrey

January 30, 2016

Ron was the standard bearer for volunteering in Gaylord. He made a community a better place to live.
Dave Baragrey

January 30, 2016

Ron was a gem in the Gaylord community and was loved very much! We will miss his spirit as he was totally committed to helping others. He set a great example for us to follow.

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