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Halteman Fett & Dyer Funeral Home

436 North Broad Street, Lancaster, OH

OBITUARY

Ronald L. Keaton

March 28, 1944February 16, 2020
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Ronald L. Keaton, 75, passed away Sunday February 16, 2020. He was born March 28, 1944 in Lancaster, Ohio to the late Earl C. Keaton and Jeneva Hoffman Keaton. Ron was a 1962 graduate of Lancaster High School where he was elected class president. He went on to study Business Administration at Miami University and served as the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity President. In 1969, he graduated Juris Doctor cum laude from the University of Toledo College of Law. Ron began his professional career in 1969 as an Assistant Professor of Business Law at Central Michigan University. After moving to Washington DC in 1971, he held positions at both the Federal Home Loan Bank Board and Dechert, Price & Rhoades law firm. In 1976, Ronald began his career with Fairfield Federal Savings and Loan Association of Lancaster where he held the positions of President, CEO and a member of the Board of Directors. Ronald was named Director Emeritus in January 2015. Throughout his life, Ron was an active member in many professional and civic activities. He was a member and past President of the Board of Trustees of the Fairfield County District Library, where he was a founding member of Garret Players theatre group; a member of David’s United Church of Christ, Canal Winchester, where he also served on the Consistory Board; member of Marian Getz Community Theatre Circle; past President of the Fairfield County United Way Board of Trustees; former member and Past President of the Lancaster Rotary Club; former board member of the Fairfield County Foundation; former member of the Board of Directors of New Horizons Mental Health Service, Inc.; 1999 Recipient of the Lancaster/Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce Floyd Wolfe Community Service Award. He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna C. Keaton, parents, sister, Margaret Keaton. He is survived by his sons, Duane (Dacian) Keaton and Doug Keaton; two grandchildren, Alex and Kendall. A celebration of life service will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday February 20, 2020 at David’s United Church of Christ, 80 West Columbus Street, Canal Winchester with Rev. James Semmelroth Darnell officiating. Visitation will be held at Halteman-Fett & Dyer Funeral Home on Wednesday from 6PM to 8PM. Friends may call 10 to 11:00 a.m. Thursday at the church. Burial will be held at Forest Rose Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fairhope Hospice, 282 Sells Road, Lancaster, Ohio 43130 or Friends of the Library, Fairfield District, 219 N Broad Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130.

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  • FairHoPe Hospice
  • Friends of the Library, Fairfield District

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 19, 2020

  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 20, 2020

  • Celebration of Life

    Thursday, February 20, 2020

Memories

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Steve Davis

March 10, 2020

Ron and I were law school classmates. He was one of the brightest students, graduating cum laude and an editor of the Toledo Law Review. He was a great friend to me and our classmates. We met again at our 50th reunion last year and shared wonderful memories of law school life. I will always remember Ron as a caring, kind person.

Joe Clark

February 21, 2020

Ron and I were friends over the years and I have always had the greatest respect for him for all the wonderful support he gave the Lancaster community. He will be missed by many others as well. May God bless the family with peace and comfort at this time of loss. Joe Clark

Alan Parrish

February 19, 2020

Mr. Keaton embodied all things good about being a warm, compassionate and listening person to me. I recall how Mr. Keaton would greet me daily as I worked summers, cleaning the grounds at FF as a 10-11 yr old. Even as "President," he always seemed so approachable and caring, always interested in my welfare. I remember making Mr. Keaton laugh as I shared a story about me (re) selling golf balls to his Dad ("Bus"), which I had found on the course with his Dad's name on them. But most especially, I will always remember how Mr. Keaton was good to my Mom. He treated her with such respect, as he did with all women at that time - well ahead of any 'movement' or cause. Truly, a gentleman. May the peace of the Lord be with the Keaton Family. Alan and Jennifer Parrish, The Woodlands, TX

Nancy Ebbrecht

February 18, 2020

Our condolences to Ron's family and all of his friends He will
be dearly missed. I worked for Ron's Father and then Ron at
Fairfield Federal Savings and Loan. He was a great boss, had
a great sense of humor, always compassionate and a great
mentor for all that wanted to learn.
Nancy Ebbrecht and Thomas
Westerville, Ohio

Tim Gartner

February 18, 2020

To Ron's Family and friends. I am sorry for your loss. I met Ron at Licking County Players several years ago, and was lucky to share many aspects of the theatre with Ron, as well as the stage. He was a man of many talents not only in his professional career, but also within community theatre. What he brought to LCP was small compared to what he accomplished with the "Garret Players'" in Lancaster. Ron always had a positive attitude about everything. For me, I will miss his smile, and the encouragement he gave to everyone he met.

Presleigh Bebout

February 18, 2020

I had met Mr. Keaton for the first time at Rising Park while I was practicing tennis during the summer of 2017. He approached me asking if he could give me some advice about how to improve my game, he was very nice and encouraging. That fall Coach Elick introduced Coach Keaton to our team. It had become quickly evident that he knew a lot about tennis and wanted to share his knowledge with us. I learned from that time to the present that not only Mr. Keaton was not just a great tennis coach, he was even a better person. Even after losing his wife and even becoming ill himself he continued sharing his positive personality with us. I first called Ron Keaton Mr. Keaton, then Coach Keaton and I am now happy to say that I was able to call him a good friend. Our tennis team will miss you greatly. Thank you for your many years of dedication, donation, and service to Lancaster tennis.

Jennifer Chatfield

February 18, 2020

I appreciated Ron’s passion for life! I so enjoyed the theater offerings he presented and his enthusiasm for the projects. He will be missed.

Al Beavers

February 18, 2020

Ron was a classmate (62) and a great friend to me and my family, always there to help whenever needed.
He was instrumental in the construction of Beavers Field and enjoyed visiting it and spending time sitting in the stands with me and talking about our friendship and baseball and tennis.
RIP Ron, will miss our time together!
Al & Phyllis Beavers

David Long-Higgins

February 18, 2020

What a dear, dear, friend Ron was. A spiritual searcher, a lover of theater and the power of story to unwrap life. A loving spirit who sought to draw out the same in others. May he be blessed in the way that he blessed so many. My love condolences to his family.

Linda Kauffman

February 17, 2020

Ron and Donna together again. Loved knowing both of them thru Garret players at the library. He was as earnest as he was funny. He will be missed.

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