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Gross Funeral Home

120 Wrights ST, Hot Springs, AR

OBITUARY

Ron Stahara

March 9, 1941September 15, 2019
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Ronald Joseph Stahara of Hot Springs and Pine Bluff passed peacefully on September 15, 2019. Ron was born to the late Michael and Anna Kukura Stahara. He was predeceased by his brother, Steve Stahara.

As a young man Ron resided in Youngstown, Ohio and attended South High School. After receiving his high school diploma, he went on to Youngstown University graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Ron received his Professional Engineer license and later earned a Masters of Business Administration from Xavier University.

Ron’s engineering career included several patents relating to the power industry; being a very active member of the IEEE; serving as Senior Engineer for McGraw Edison in Zanesville, Ohio; as V.P of Engineering for Kulhman Company in Versailles, Kentucky; and finally as V.P. of Engineering at Central Maloney in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He was a Toast Master and Knight of Columbus (3rd Degree). He also served as President of the Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra. Every state in which Ron settled gained a new fan for their university. He loved the Ohio State Buckeyes but also cheered for Youngstown State Penguins, Kentucky Wildcats and of course, the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Ron enjoyed watching the sun set over Lake Hamilton, fishing, golfing, ocean vacations spent with his family, and dirt. He loved outdoor yardwork whether he was growing cherry tomatoes for his beloved dog or caring for his favorite bougainvillea plant, Ron excelled at gardening. His flowers were the scene for many humming bird feasts and a few humming bird fights. Humming birds which frequented his flowers gained nicknames which suited their various personalities (or physical attributes).

Ron was lucky enough to marry his sweetheart, Mary Ann Falat, on October 23, 1965. They were married almost 54 years and raised two amazing children. Ron loved his wife; admired and respected his children, Andrea (Chris) Elder and Paul Stahara; adored his niece, Shannon (Mark) Thomas and his nephew Andrew (Alba) Hansen; and liked just about every dog he ever met, especially his dogs Perky, Sooie, and Peaches and his grand dogs Rusty, Barkley and Woody.

A Rosary will take place at 1:30 pm on Saturday, September 28 with a Memorial Service following at 2:00 pm.

A Memorial Gathering will take place at a later date in Lexington, Kentucky.

For those needing overnight accommodations, Home 2 Suites Hilton, 106 Catalina Circle, Hot Springs, AR is offering a special rate. Call 501-520-4444 direct and mention Stahara Memorial.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a tribute gift to the IEEE Foundation at www.ieeefoundation.org/how-to-give/tribute-giving and designate the IEEE Life Members Fund.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, September 28, 2019

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Frederick Maljan

October 11, 2019

Ron was a special cousin thru marriage to Mary Ann Falat. When I was a little boy my family visited them in Zanesville Ohio for a weekend. We all had a wonderful time and got an interesting taste of Ohio. Remembering back Mary Ann took us shopping and we went over the Y bridge in Zanesville. When we got back to the house Ron asked what we did for the day. We told him and I do remember him saying well Mary Ann sure loves to shop and if she gets something on sale it's like a kid with a bag of candy. My dad said her and Jul are definitely cousins. I guess I'm related as well because a bargain is better than chocolate.
When the Stahara's moved to Lexington we didn't see much of them however every Christmas we got a picture of Andrea and Paul by the piano, and of course a lovely note from cousin Mary Ann and Ron sending love and blessed wishes for the upcoming year.
The Falat girls in Ohio and Pennsylvania have always been special to myself and my family.
Ron was always a quiet man, he loved the work he did and was very humble about his achievements/success.
Whenever you wanted to chat him up just mention Andrea and Paul. He was so very proud of both of them and always gave such support to their achievements.
Mary Ann and the kids know how strong of a man he was especially with his calmness with his leukemia. Many many prayers were given to him through family and friends. His fight was remarkable, knowing what he was dealt with. (My thoughts were with him frequently, especially being an oncology nurse. When I was practicing providing care to others with his disease I would treat them as if I was treating Ron. Sending prayers and good wishes to him.)
May comfort come to cousins Mary Ann, Andrea and Paul.
God bless you all with love and healing.
Cousin Freddie Maljan

Paul Chisholm

September 21, 2019

Ron has been a dear friend and valued colleague in the industry for more than 20 years. In conversation he quickly and quietly moved to talking about his family, how they were doing and how proud he was of all their achievements. He was a devoted man in all respects of his life and its sad we won't have more time together in this life.

Hugh Harroff

September 18, 2019

Ron Stahara was as close to a brother to me as anyone I have ever known! We were so inseparable as boys that my mother referred to us as the “Bobsey Twins”. As boys we used to arise at 4:30 am several times a month in the summer, and ride our bikes to Newport Lake in Mill Creek Park to fish below the falls until 7:00 am, then go home and get to school! We caught a lot of catfish! We played on the same athletic teams, (football for the Fosterville Midgets, basketball in the Eagles League, and baseball in the Volney Rogers League). We both worked for my father in his grocery store. We had plans to attend The Ohio State University together, but I was able to go to OSU and become a veterinarian, while Ron with a feeling of strong responsibility toward his family graduated as an Electrical Engineer from Youngstown State ( my father never ceased to rib me about how two boys who would turn out to be a veterinarian and an Electrical Engineer had tried to fix our early b/w TV and blew out every fuse in the house). I have always been proud of my achievements, but I had it easy. I have always deeply admired Ron because with a much harder road, he put together a fantastically excellent career! He is my hero! There are a myriad of anecdotes about Ron and me, and I shall have them to remember from time to time for the remainder of my days, but now I must say so long to Ron (RJ) with heartfelt sorrow, deep admiration for a life well lived, and true brotherly love (believing we will fish together some time and place where we can catch something besides catfish).

I wish to send my condolences to Mary Ann, Andrea, and Paul. I know he loved you with all his heart and that automatically makes you dear to me because that’s just the way we were!!

Hugh

H. Hugh Harroff, Jr., DVM, DACLAM
1965 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Boyhood friend of Ronald J. Stahara while living at 463 W. Dewey Avenue

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