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Ronald Alfred Davis


Ronald Alfred Davis, age 79, of Columbus, Ohio died January 5, 2021 after an extended illness with COVID-19. He was born on June 3, 1941 in Columbus, Ohio the son of the late Louis C. Davis and Helen L. Weir Davis. He is survived by his wife Pamela, daughter Diane Lang (Andrew Young), daughter Veronica Wohrle (William), grandchildren Andrew, Alison, Adam and Kaitlyn, bonus grandchildren Alexander and Katherine Young, brothers Robert (Sandra) and Jack (Doris), his dog Lucy and many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by siblings, William, Jimmie, Glenn, Fred, and Shirley; niece Sheila Davis Hahn; nephew Kevin Orr; granddaughter Madison Papp and mother-in-law Bettye Reed.

As a child, the Davis boys were well-known around the Columbus neighborhood, Flytown, where they mostly wreaked havoc on their sister Shirley (according to Shirley). The family attended 4th Avenue Christian Church where Ron’s mother, Helen prayed for mercy. They had enough people for both a basketball team and a baseball team and dominated the recreational leagues for years (or so we were told). He and his brothers worked as caddies at Scioto Country Club and later, Ron earned sharpshooter and expert pistol qualifications while serving as an MP in the United States Army in Germany, where he enjoyed the European landscape and the 10-cent beers.

In 1977, Ron met Pamela Reed. Never one to rush into a situation, Ron waited until 1991 to marry her. They just celebrated their 29th anniversary. Ron worked for nearly 30 years for the family business, Davis Piano Moving, where he could lift thousands of pounds of musical instruments every day, with only the nutrition of a single Hostess King Don. As a lifelong Columbus resident, he was a proud Ohio State Buckeyes fan, which he referred to as “his Buckeyes”, unless they were losing, in which case they were “yours.” He was also a longtime member of the Hunt and Fish Club and the Buckeye Club.

Ron was well-known for his one-liners, puns, magic tricks with a handkerchief, Santa collection and impeccable Bud-Light-opening skills, but his proudest achievements were his children and grandchildren. His smile, laughter, infectious joy, generosity, and sense of humor will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.

Private ceremony and interment will take place at a future date. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the family.

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  • Tisa Herman says:

    To all of you,this saddens me to pieces. I know you Pam and Veronica loved him very much. He will always be with you all. Love and prayers my friends. God bless you all. Xox

  • Robin Reed says:

    My deepest condolences to Pam, Veronica, and Diane and all family members. Ron was a man of great integrity and loved his wife, Pam, and children and family dearly. Ron brought everyone much laughter with his sarcastic fun one liner jokes. we will miss you Ron and we love you always RIP ❤

  • Samantha Glaspie says:

    Words can’t describe how sorry I am for your loss. I can’t imagine what you (Veronica), your sister and your mom are feeling at this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your sister did a great job in writing a beautiful memory of your dad. I never met him but wish I had. Please let us know if there is anything we can do. Sending hugs, love and prayers to all of you.

  • Sue & Jim Burdett says:

    Pam, we are so very sorry about loss of Ron from this terrible virus. We know he will be missed so much by you and the rest of your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless

  • Tammy Ellis says:

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time. Ron was always so kind and so sweet. I loved driving past the house and seeing what decorations were going to be on display. Please let me know if there’s anything at all I can do to help during this difficult time. Love you all!
    ❤️🙏

  • Jamie Payne says:

    Veronica, Pam and family, I am so sorry for the loss of Ron. He was a wonderful and funny man who was loved by many. He will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God Bless

  • Harry Baucom says:

    Ron Was such a pleasure and joy to know.
    Boy could we giggle! I loved so much his sense of humor.
    He will be remembered snd missed

  • Carol (Judy) Stewart says:

    Pam and Family: I just learned of the passing of your husband Ron and wanted to express my sympathy to all of you. Treasure all your memories. Carol (Judy) Stewart, classmate from Watterson High School Class of 1964.

  • LaDonna Adams says:

    Dear family, my deepest condolences. Ron was always great company! His presence will be sorely missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    -LaDonna

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