Ronald L. Davis


Ronald L. Davis, 74, of Neshannock Township passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday evening, April 11, 2019, following a brief illness.
Ron was born Oct. 31, 1944, in New Castle, a son of the late Adison J. and Donna D. (Smith) Davis.
A 1962 alumnus of Shenango High School, he later graduated from Youngstown State University in 1972 and earned a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration in Accounting.
Ron was a Marine. He proudly served his country as a Staff Sergeant in Vietnam and fought during the infamous Tet Offensive. He was a Scout dog handler which was the foundation of his love of German shepherds.
He espoused the values of the Marine Corps - honor, courage and commitment; which served as the basis for how he thought, acted and fought throughout his life.
After the Marine Corps, Ron worked for Kennedy Tubular while attending YSU, ultimately becoming a Certified Public Accountant. Ron dedicated himself to accounting. Prior to starting his own accounting practice, he worked for Philip Wiener Co. and S.R. Snodgrass, both in New Castle.
Throughout his accounting career, he made numerous friends. He gave of himself unselfishly to many and found great joy in helping his neighbors by cutting their grass and plowing their driveways.
In his younger days, he was meticulous about his lawn, often reseeding it if it didn't meet his standards. A talented slalom skier, Ron loved boating and teaching others how to ski. He was at home on the water ... except when he'd lose his glasses. Ron also enjoyed playing pool and fooling others into believing that he wasn't good.
He served on the Board of Directors for the Lawrence County Association for Responsible Care, was a member of the American Legion, Post 343, and supported many Veterans organizations.
Although Ron's biological family isn't large, his "family of choice" is quite extensive ... many considering him like a father - calling him Big Ron, Uncle Boom-Boom or Pappy Ron. At one point in time or another, he probably helped you out ... told you what you needed to hear ... or tormented you out of love. On the outside he was rough but on the inside he was a softy (seriously, his favorite movie was "Ghost").
Ron leaves behind his faithful wife of 47 years, the former Barb Gaydos, whom he married July 29, 1972; a daughter, Susan Davis of Neshannock Township; a brother, Bob (Pat) Davis of New Castle; a sister, Marna Boyd of Volant; a brother-in-law, Ted Samaras of Monaca; and a special confidant, Al "Buddy" Gaydos, of St. Louis, Missouri.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Pam Samaras.
Calling hours will be 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 14, in J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 111 W. Falls St., New Castle. Funeral service will be at noon Monday at the funeral home with Rev. John Coomber, pastor of Grace Bible Church, officiating.
Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Neshannock Township, with full military honors being rendered by the New Castle Area Honor Guard.
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Published on April 12, 2019
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4 posts

Vince & Reiko Lombardi
Apr 19, 2019
I got to know Ron because he was our accountant for many years. A more honest and kind person would be hard to find. He loved his german shepherds and would sometimes have his dog in the office, and he even welcomed my dog a couple of times. There was something about Ron that made you like him. This world was better for his presence and he will be missed. Our sympathy goes to his wife and daughter and entire family.


Vince & Reiko Lombardi
Debbie Payne
Apr 16, 2019
Barb and Susan I am so sorry for your loss My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Emil and Ann
Apr 15, 2019
Barb & Susan, What a fun to be around and a booming presence. We will miss just knowing that he's not there. Our hearts break along with yours. Sending love, sympathy and friendship to you both.
Ron Gaydos
Apr 12, 2019
I Enjoyed many Sundays on the water in his Boat. He always made me feel welcomed although I think he invited me just to have someone to wipe down the boat at the end. He will be missed by many who admired him.