Ronald Cardwell was born on October 18, 1936 in Chicago, IL to Edward LaDon Cardwell and Ivory Friloux. He was the oldest of 9. He passed away on September 30, 2019 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Utica, NY. Ron joined the Air Force at age 17 in 1953 and was proud to have been trained by former Tuskegee Airmen. He served one tour in Vietnam in 1968 as a shop repairman and gauge electrician, retiring at the rank of staff sergeant in 1974, settling in Rome, NY.
He met Ethlene “Lena” Coleman while in the Air Force and their marriage produced 5 children. They remained friends throughout life. His marriage to Teresa “Terry” Coleman produced 2 children. They recently celebrated their 37th year of marriage.
He was predeceased by his parents; his younger brothers, Robert, Edward “Sheenie,” and Phillip; one sister Renee; one grandson Michael Jr.; special in-laws Howard and Alice; and his ex-wife Lena. He is survived by his wife Terry; his seven children, Ronald L (Darlene), Michael, Steven, Elena, Corey, Kelly (Charles), and Lorrie (Matthew); his four remaining sisters, Eleanor (Stan), Carol, Sandra, and Vera (Fabian); 16 beloved grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; and numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews; and many dear friends from Mayberry St, Rome Taberg Rd, and Griffiss Air Force Base.
Ron will be remembered for his loves of jazz, camping, and radio control model airplane building; his animated conversation; the “treasures” he found at the Salvation Army store; and his numerous trips to Walmart.
His family would like to thank the Willow Way and Saul units of the Lutheran Home Nursing Facility for their care and kindness over the past several months. In lieu of flowers, they ask that you make a donation to the VH1 Save the Music Foundation or the Bright Focus Foundation.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 9, at 6 p.m. at Nunn and Harper Funeral Home, Inc., 418 N. George St., Rome. Family and friends are invited to call prior to the service on Wednesday from 3-6 p.m.
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